I'm always fascinated by how people turn simple, basic materials into the most amazing products. From a rough block of wood to a shiny smooth candle holder, from a blob of clay to a lovely plate...so I thought it would be fun to share my own process of working with copper sheets to turn them into jewelry!
I start, of course, with sketching a design on the copper plate. After that, it's time to get out my jeweler's saw and start cutting out the shapes.
Never mind the nail polish...decorated nails and making jewelry don't really go hand in hand, but I keep trying every now and then....
After that, I drill the tiny holes by hand. I actually have a Dremel, but found that drilling with my trusted old-fashioned hand drill works best.
This is the result so far! Doesn't look like much yet...
...so on to some sanding and polishing! This takes up the most time. I start by sanding the rough edges and the holes with tiny files and then polish the pieces with two kinds of sand paper. I usually don't go for super shiny, I prefer a matte finish.
After that, I hammer some pieces to create a hammered or otherwise textured effect. I treat the nearly-finished items with a non-toxic protective spray so the copper pieces won't tarnish or stain the skin. It also forms a light protective layer against scratching.
I let them dry for a couple of hours and check them a final time for scratches or other imperfections. They're good to go, so this is what we have so far!
The last step is attaching the delicate chains and other findings to turn them into actual necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Tada, done! Soon for sale in the DRAADdesign shop!