Coppery Tones

I think copper has always been a beautiful choice for jewelry and in these times of high metal costs, it remains an affordable option.  I do use sterling silver and gold-filled metal in my jewelry, but also use copper, brass, and tin.  I think the warm tones of copper really work to bring other colors to life.

My Shakira earrings feature colorful bits cut from a tin canister riveted to copper.  Copper is a soft metal and when annealed (softened by heat) is very malleable.  That’s how I curled the bottoms up to create a place to hang the crystal and pearl.

This pair of earrings was made from copper wire.  At the bottom, the copper wire was formed into a spiral and then triangular shape.  At the top, a “messy” copper earwire adds a nice touch.  The copper elements in these earrings were darkened and then hand buffed to bring back the luster and shine of the metal.

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