Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My First Copper Bracelet

Copper-periodic table Cu / Atomic No. 29

Turquoise- hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminum
chemical element CuAl6
Copper healing properties based on metal energy linked
to mental, physical and spirtual health chakras.

Turquoise- the stone of wisdom and spiritual journeys,
self-expression, creativity, peace of mind, spiritual
grounding, absorbs negativity.

Playing around with cold connections, different metals,
assorted beads, jewelry saws, yadda yadda. Filled with
frustration because all of this metal-smithing work is
really new to me and I'm like an immediate gratification,
kinda gal and you need patience...grasshopper...lots of
patience. None of which I have.

It was the end of the day and I had a strip of copper, I
said to myself come on now, how hard can this be.
I rounded the edges of the copper with a file, took
a sharp flat head screw driver, hammered out the
open windows. Pummeled the heck out of it with a
ball peen hammer, bent it around some PVC pipe,
picked up a scrap piece of 18g sterling silver, drew
a bead on each end with a torch, made a few loops
hammered the heck out of it, tested to see if the length
was long enough to go from window opening to window
opening.. hmmm...looked like it might work,looked
over at my stash of beads, spotted the round turquoise
threw it in the middle and cinched up the stone with
copper wire. Done. Half hour max.

I couldn't replicate this if I tried. It was a
copper/turquoise cold-connection spiritual

I think I want to patina it.

May all your days be filled with new and exciting

Thanks for stopping by.

My other blog locale: "The Way I See It"

~ Andrea


Lisa Sarsfield said...

yadda yadda yadda? Oh your forgot... drool, envy, admiration...this is wonderful. I like your tricky photo too with the reflection. I bet you will feel and look great wearing this. Love the meaning of every element you used and the colours.

Thanks for your visit(s) my daughters op is now the 15th of sept (dare I believe it??) and although she is getting the care she needs she is in pain every day. Saddens a mothers heart...but your reminders that we are thought of helps.

And yes it would be FABULOUS to have a big ol creating session together!

Anonymous said...

Holey Catfish Batman, this is soooooo stunning! I know it was frustrating to make but my oh my it is awesome! I am totally jealous! I finally got some metal-working supplies and I am not sure were to start or what to do!

Anonymous said...

Holey Catfish Batman, this is soooooo stunning! I know it was frustrating to make but my oh my it is awesome! I am totally jealous! I finally got some metal-working supplies and I am not sure were to start or what to do!

Godinla said...

Whatever. Can I have it? Will it fit me? Make it fit and ship it to me right away. Thanks, dear one.

jgy said...

Yes, stunning!

Came by to say hi & enjoy the rest of summer days!

John said...

Beautiful, Andrea...inspired and inspirational. You are amazing...torch song - that is amazing
- gotten so cool here - you will love it...

A Beaded Affair said...

Very cool. You have combined my favorites, copper and turquoise. Lovely first try. I understand the instant gratification problem though. lol

Tami B. said...

I'm so drawn to copper and turquoise and the silver is a gorgeous touch. This is amazing, Andrea. All that hammering and torching sounds like fun. Half hour, seriously? I think it would be 1/2 a day for me.

Kim said...

stunning Andrea!!
the turquoise compliments the copper beautifully...
you have some amazingly creative and colourful works on your blog :)

Seth said...

I think this is really great as is. But I am a sucker for patina and would love to see you do that too!

Poetic Artist said...

I just found your blog and I do love the bracelet..WOw....

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Thankyou Andrea for your visits and warm seems all the prayers, good thoughts and fingers crossing is working brilliantly for Miss 11.

Looking forward to your next creation:)

Cory said...

Andrea...I LOVE the bracelet, OK, OK, I will trade it for anything on my Etsy.

You did a fabulous job, I'm soooo jealous.

Thank you for the visit and the kudos.


Lisa Sarsfield said...

I have an idea...a collaboration if your keen. A bit like Seth's Inner works project...Me, Debrina aka Debrina's diary, Alicia aka Altered Bits (to be confirmed...) You??? I hope and one or two me please if you're interested or just to tell me your to busy....hope you can! x

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Gaby Bee said...

This bracelet is amazing!
Thanks so much for coming to visit me at my Blog and for your lovely words. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.
Would have been fun to have swapped with you and all the other ladies! Some other time, perhaps!
Have a good one!
Gaby xoxox

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