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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

gallery
index
resources

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4 Contemporary copper jewelry
twining vines bracelet
Sharilyn Mille r

Twisty, twining “vines” of wire lend a delicate sur-


face embellishment to rectangular-shaped beads in
this bracelet, which looks great in copper or sterling-
silver wire.

Materials Tools

Toggle clasp Flush cutters


3 topaz 8mm Czech fire-polish beads Toggle clasp
4 picture jasper 15x20mm rounded rectangles 0000-steel wool
4' (122 cm) of round dead-soft copper Small jeweler’s flat file
18-gauge wire Small steel bench block
18" (46 cm) of round dead-soft copper Chasing or planishing hammer
22-gauge wire Small round-nose pliers
Flat-nose pliers
Chain-nose pliers

Finished Size: 8" (20.3 cm)

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6 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 car-
nelians used to fashion them. For a more elegant
statement, try making these earrings with your fa-
vorite sparkly crystals and pearls.

Materials Tools

6 turquoise 12mm rondelles 4" (10.1 cm) of round dead-soft Flush cutters
4 carnelian 8mm rondelles copper 20-gauge wire Measuring tape
6 light green 5mm glass rondelles 4" (10.1 cm) of round dead-soft 0000-steel wool
8 copper 5mm discs sterling silver 18-gauge wire Small jeweler’s bench block
8 copper 4mm rounds 18" (45.5 cm) of round dead- Chasing or planishing hammer
4 silver 3mm cornerless cubes soft sterling silver 24-, 26-, or Small round-nose pliers
12" (30.5 cm) of round dead-soft 28-gauge wire Large round-nose pliers
copper 22-gauge wire 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 7
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 it’s
pretty, easy to work with, and accessible.
inside, readers will find:
Ω Step-by-step photography for all projects and techniques
Ω Tips for mixing metals with copper to create one-of-a-kind designs
Ω 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.