Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wire Work Copper and Turquoise Flower Pendant Tutorial

By on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 4 Comments

Anacely Olmedo of El Salvador shared her lovely copper and turquoise pendant tutorial over on her blog, Fradany.  It is a wonderful combination of the popular wirewrapped briolette flower style combined with a hammered flower wire frame and bail.



The blog post is in Spanish but it is actually more of a pictorial so most of the steps are illustrated. She doesn't show the attachment of the briolette flower to the frame. I would guess you wire it to the frame as you make the briolette flower.

If you need to get the page translated, please use the Chrome browser. It is the easiest way as you can just say yes to the translation when prompted.

She uses ammonia to patinate the copper. Note, the piece is not dipped in ammonia but hung over a small amount of the stinky stuff in a jar.  Be careful not to inhale ammonia.  Best alternative is Gun Blue - no smell, no hassle.  See my review comparing Gun Blue with liver of sulfur here.

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4 comments:

  1. I have been following her blog for a while now-fabulous artist! Her photo tutorials really are easy to follow.
    I found that you can click on the British flag on the top of the blog and it will translate into English.

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  2. I am very interested in the post "Wire Work Copper and Turquoise Flower Pendant Tutorial". Even though it is in Spanish, and I don't speak it, there's a way to use Google's translator feature to transfer it to English. I did this.

    The instructions are poorly written in the fact that the amount of wire to use was not provided. This could be due to the translation I'm not sure. However, the instructions are not much good without it.

    Can you find out what the length for the petals would be with the 18 gauge wire? Please. Experimenting can mean a large amount of loss wire.

    Thank you.

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  3. Thanks Judy! I did not spot the English language icon!

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  4. Alas I don't speak Spanish either, C. Franz. And I doubt she really measured anyway for this free tutorial.

    Don't that that deter you. First never work in precious metal until you sort out the details using copper. Copper is inexpensive if you get it in bulk (great for experimentations!).

    That kind of wire can be expensive if you are buying from jewelry suppliers in tiny spools. Try The Ring Lord - they are a chain maille supplier and sell wire in bulk. Also remember you can save all the dud experiments as copper can be recycled.

    An alternative is to use a much thinner gauge wire cheapand work out the pattern, then straighten the wire and measure it.

    Hope this helps.

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