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Copper Necklaces

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Use inexpensive copper fittings and wire to create one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Copper-trimmed necklaces.

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Tubing cutter or hacksaw
  • Metal file

Materials

  • 1/16-in steel cable (3 ft for each necklace), #348161
  • 18-gauge copper wire, #62938
  • 1/4-in x 10-ft coiled copper pipe, #23050
  • Wire connectors, pack of 25, #111517

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Instructions

Simple Tube Necklace

Step 1

Make a loop in the wire.

Cut a piece of steel cable 27 inches long. Slide a wire connector over one end and form a loop about 3/4 inch long.

Good to Know

You can vary the length of the wire as needed to suit your preferences. The ends of a completed necklace will be permanently connected, so test the necklace size to make sure you can slip it on and off.

Step 2

Flatten the connector with pliers.

Push the end of the wire into the connector so that the end is hidden, and flatten the connector with pliers to hold the loop in shape.

Step 3

From the coil of copper tubing, cut a piece 4-1/2 inches long. File the ends smooth and remove any rough edges.

Step 4

Connected loops close the necklace.

Thread the straight end of the wire through the tube and use a connector to make a second loop that wraps around the first one to connect the ends.

Step 5

Necklace with copper tube.

Bend the tube slightly to follow the curve of the necklace.

Copper Wire-Wrapped Necklace

Step 1

Make a loop at one end of a 29-inch piece of steel wire. Then make a second loop to capture the first loop and close the necklace. From the coil, cut a piece of copper tubing 1-3/4 inches long and file the ends smooth.

Step 2

Cut a piece of 18-gauge copper wire about 8 inches long. Stretch the steel cable loop to find the area opposite the two connected ends. About 1-3/4 inches from this halfway point in the necklace, make two wraps of copper wire around the steel cable. Thread the copper wire through the piece of copper tubing and begin wrapping the wire around the cable on the opposite end, pulling the cable tight against the tube.

Step 3

Continue wrapping the copper wire around the steel cable in close loops until you reach the starting point. Cut off the excess wire and push the cut end into the tube.

Step 4

Partially flatten a copper connector and cut two pieces of copper wire 2 inches long. Bend both pieces of wire in half.

Step 5

Necklace with copper wire and trim.

Loop the two pieces of wire around the copper-wrapped cable and pass the ends through the copper connector. Use pliers or a hammer to flatten the connector enough to grip the wires. Trim off the ends of the wires as needed and file smooth to complete the necklace.

Inexpensive copper fittings and wire let you turn steel wires into fun jewelry. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Experiment with different combinations of wire, tubing, and copper fittings for your own customized look.