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Contemporary

copper jewelry
step-by-step techniques and projects

sharilyn miller

Sombrero Ring

Peacock Wheels Necklace

Sticks and Stones Earrings

Contents
acknowledgments
basic techniques
Copper Spiral Bracelet with Wire Charms
Peacock Wheels Necklace
Found Pebbles Necklace
Funky Chandelier Earrings
Coin-Pearl Copper Washer Bracelet
Wire-Woven Pendant
Forged Paddle Earrings
Coil-Wrapped Coin-Pearl Bracelet
Elemental Necklace
Embellished Copper Washer Earrings
Artsy Fibula Pin
Cool Copper Bangle
Stacked Washer Earrings
Sombrero Ring
Single-Loop Chain Necklace
Leaf Link Bracelet
Sticks and Stones Earrings
Spider-Weave Pendant
Spiral Fibula Pin
Swinging Perch Earrings
Twining Vines Bracelet
Spiral Post Earrings

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C o n t e m p o r a r y c o p p e r j e w e l r y

Contemporary copper jewelry

twining

vines bracelet
Sharilyn Mille r

Twisty, twining vines of wire lend a delicate surface embellishment to rectangular-shaped beads in
this bracelet, which looks great in copper or sterlingsilver wire.

Materials

Tools

Toggle clasp
3 topaz 8mm Czech fire-polish beads
4 picture jasper 15x20mm rounded rectangles
4' (122 cm) of round dead-soft copper
18-gauge wire
18" (46 cm) of round dead-soft copper
22-gauge wire

Flush cutters
Toggle clasp
0000-steel wool
Small jewelers flat file
Small steel bench block
Chasing or planishing hammer
Small round-nose pliers
Flat-nose pliers
Chain-nose pliers

Finished Size: 8" (20.3 cm)

t w i n i n g v i n e s b r a c e l e t

Contemporary copper jewelry

funky

chandelier earrings

Shar ilyn M ille r

These swing-style chandelier earrings are a bit


chunky due to the large turquoise beads and carnelians used to fashion them. For a more elegant
statement, try making these earrings with your favorite sparkly crystals and pearls.

Materials

Tools

6 turquoise 12mm rondelles


4 carnelian 8mm rondelles
6 light green 5mm glass rondelles
8 copper 5mm discs
8 copper 4mm rounds
4 silver 3mm cornerless cubes
12" (30.5 cm) of round dead-soft
copper 22-gauge wire

4" (10.1 cm) of round dead-soft


copper 20-gauge wire
4" (10.1 cm) of round dead-soft
sterling silver 18-gauge wire
18" (45.5 cm) of round deadsoft sterling silver 24-, 26-, or
28-gauge wire

Flush cutters
Measuring tape
0000-steel wool
Small jewelers bench block
Chasing or planishing hammer
Small round-nose pliers
Large round-nose pliers
Flat-nose pliers
Chain-nose pliers

Finished Size: 23 8" (6 cm)

f u n k y c h a n d e l i e r e a r r i n g s

Make beautiful and affordable


c o p p e r j e w e l ry !

Create contemporary copper jewelry with the best-selling author of Bead on a


Wire. Contemporary Copper Jewelry features an extensive technique section and
17 projects from Sharilyn and a collection of top jewelry artists, including Rachel
Nelson-Smith, Dale Cougar Armstrong, Eugenia Chan, and Richard Salley.
Copper jewelry offers jewelry makers an inexpensive yet stylish alternative to
silver. Working with base metals and copper has become popular because its
pretty, easy to work with, and accessible.

inside, readers will find:


Step-by-step photography for all projects and techniques
Tips for mixing metals with copper to create one-of-a-kind designs
An extensive technique section that includes distressing copper, simple
metalwork, cold joins, and creating unique wire components
Jewelry designers find that copper is an excellent alternative metal for making
affordable and beautiful jewelry. Start creating with copper today!

Paperback
81/2 x 101/4, 128 pages
250 photographs
20 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-59668-143-9
$22.95
Available August 2009

About the author


Sharilyn Miller has published four books, including Stamp Art, The Stamp Artist's Project Book,
Rubber Stamped Jewelry, and the best-selling Bead on a Wire and has been published in many
jewelry magazines. She was the editor of Somerset Studio for many years and the launch editor
for Belle Armoire and Art Doll Quarterly. In 2006, she left the magazine world to focus on her
wire jewelry and teach and write full-time. Sharilyn lives in the mountains of Idyllwild, California.