As I said earlier, there are so many jewelry uses for these...charms, connectors, and my very favorite, clasps. In fact, I use copper washers for my toggle clasps almost exclusively. Here are a couple of my favorites...
|This is one I made last year for my bead soup!|
|This is a simpler version I paired with a bracelet bar made by our very own Jenny Davies-Reazor!|
- 1 copper washer
- length of heavy gauge wire. I like 12-14 best...depending on how ornate you want the toggle portion, about 2-3 inches. Make sure the size of your washer and wire are compatible...you don't want a really heavy washer with lighter gauge wire and vice-versa.
- torch for annealing/balling ends of wire
- texturing tools..hammer, stamps, etc
- steel block
- Round nose pliers
- flush cutters
- hole punch/drill
- Anneal copper washer and heavy gauge wire with torch and clean/pickle
- Texturize washer to heart's desire...my 1st example used a brass patterned plate that I hammered onto it...I have even ran them through my new Big Shot. Set washer aside.
- Using round nose pliers, make a loop in the center of your piece of wire.*
- Center it on your washer and measure the ends. You want it to be able to sit on top of the washer nicely and not fall through. (If you are going to ball ends in torch, you will want to keep ends a bit longer.)
- Cut wire with flush cutters and file ends.
- Either ball ends with torch, or texturize as desired.
- Patina with your desired method and tumble for while for a well-finished shine.
- Add to your own lovely bracelet or necklace design!
Depending on your design, you can punch a hole in the washer for a connector, or leave it and use jump rings, or figure eight type connectors. I have used smaller wire wrapped loops as well.
I hope this inspires you to go and make something out of copper washers! You can take this simple component and embellish it as much or as little as you want...enamel, solder, etching. It doesn't have to be a clasp...
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