Thursday, August 18, 2011

How to Make Copper Tube Jewelry Tutorials

Copper tubing is easily available from the hardware store.  It's what plumbers use. Different sizes of copper pipes can be used in jewelry making.  Some sort of cutting tool will be needed such as a pipe or tube cutter or hacksaw.

If you are a bit phobic about tools, you needed be concerned. The pipe cutter is really easy to use. Just watch this video and see how easy it is to cut a metal pipe.


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Sysiphus created this tutorial on how to make a ring from copper pipe (see picture above).  What diameter copper piping will depend on the size required.  Shown above is a size 9 - 9.5 made from  3/4" piping. It's easier to stamp on flat metal but it's not impossible to do so on the copper ring if one has a mandrel to hammer it on.

Other easy thing to make from copper pipes are simple beads as all you have to do is cut small sections of tubing.  Lynda Carson's Smashed Copper Tube Bead tutorial over at Making Jewelry Now shows one way to do so.
Image by Lynda Carson
A super way to add a design is to stamp the copper beads!  Check out this tutorial for the tips and tricks. Alas there are no pictures. It makes sense to feed the shaft of a screwdriver through a copper bead, secure it so it doesn't move and then stamp.

GeltDesigns has a series of copper pipe jewelry tutorials on the New Jewelry A Day blog.  The earrings tutorial uses simple copper beads. These could also be connectors in larger jewelry projects.

Image from New Jewelry a Day

A more involved project is the Bangle Bracelet from Copper Pipe tutorial also from New Jewelry a Day. The lovely blue patina was achieved with ammonia.

Image from New Jewelry a Day
If you're not into sawing or cutting pipes, check out the copper couplings from the hardware store. Erica from P.S. I Made This did and came up with her chunky Rose Gold Necklace tutorial.  The use of a bent coupling is inspired!


Prefer smaller pipes?  Then check out I SPY DIY's Nautical necklace and her modeled pictures.  I just love the coordinating leather cords used to hold the copper tubing in place.  Her clasp is a carabiner!

Lynda Carson of Fresh Baked Designs shared her experimental copper tubing bangle on Rena's Making Jewelry Now blog. The embellishments are limitless once the main bangle has been beaten flat and folded at the ends. Update : The original tutorial by Christine Brandel can be found in the October/November 2010 issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry.



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8 comments :

Christine said...

Hi there!
I was so thrilled to see that you featured Lynda Carson's copper bangle bracelet in your post today! It's a beautiful piece of work that comes directly from following my tutorial in Step By Step Wire Jewelry from Oct/Nov 2010. Didn't she do a great job? :)

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Very cool projects Pearl! I have some of that tubing to use as cores for my polymer clay beads, but I really like some of the ideas you have shared here as well. Would have been nice to see what she did with the ends of the pipes on the blue bangle there. Another product that works for sealing the patina is called PYMII (Precious Memories II). It is a spray sealer that works on all mediums, including paper, metals, and polymer clay. It works great for projects like this!

The Beading Gem said...

Thanks Christine for reminding me to add the info to the post!

Thanks Cindy for the tip on the spray sealer. I hope readers are taking notes!

Christine said...

Thanks, Pearl, for adding the information about my tutorial to this post! I appreciate it very much. :)

Willi said...

What fabulous pieces! Goes to show that jewelry components don't have to be expensive to be beautiful.

BooBeads said...

Copper tubing also makes for great simple bails on the back of pendants!

The Beading Gem said...

Now that is another great idea!

Almost Precious said...

Copper has come into the spotlight after so many years of being in the shadows of its more prestigious cousins, silver and gold.

All of pieces featured are lovely and inspiring but I was particularly taken with I SPY DIY's Nautical necklace, her use of a carabiner was a stroke of genuis. :)

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