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How to Make Crimped Textured Copper Earrings

Usually textured jewelry involves hammering metal pieces. So I was really intrigued with the video tutorial featuring Mark Nelson of Rio Grande making this pair of Fiesta earrings.

He demonstrates how to use jewelry snips to cut out triangular shapes from copper sheets. He then uses a special mill to create a waffle or corrugated effect on the metal. It took me a while to search out what that tool is called - it's a Knew Concept Microfold Brake. This metal work tool is not cheap either - US$295.  But you must agree the result is pleasing.

The video tutorial also shows how he roughens the surface of the metal in order to add waxy color pencil color. So even if you don't have the corrugating tool, you could add color to your work this way.

I've seen paper corrugating tools for scrapbooking fans.  I wonder if it will work on soft metals? 

Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
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  1. Great video Pearl. Thanks, I will give these a try!!!

  2. My first thoughts...spray paint corrugated sheet and make them into earrings. But seriously, this looks cool.any idea What kind of colour pencils would work on it?

  3. I didn't think of corrugated sheets? Do they come in fine enough grade for jewelry making?

    Some experimenting with different makes of color pencils is in order. Perhaps some sort of sealant too!

  4. Another way to get that corrugated effect is to use a forming block.

  5. Hmm, thought I had left a comment on this last night, said something to the effect that the crimped copper earrings looked liked seashells. Also raised an eyebrow (without the help of Imme van der Haak's eyebrow clip) over the $295 price tag for the crimping machine and remarked how it reminded me of an old fashioned pleating machine (before modern man incorporated the pleater and the needles into one machine). This old machine was used to pleat fabric for hand smocking (I love the look of hand smocked garments...especially children's clothing). Think I also mentioned that at $295 it would have to be a tool that I used A LOT and right now I'm saving my pennies to buy a nice Flexshaft tool so I can retire my old hand reamer.
    Well guess I must have been tired, maybe I mistyped the word verification and didn't take time to check that it had been approved or maybe I just dozed off at my computer and dreamt it? = )

  6. To answer your question about the paper corrugating tool, it does work, I already used it on artistic wire.
    I think it was 20 gauge. It does mark the plastic wheels a bit though.

    Have to try it on some copper sheet. :D


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