Thursday, March 6, 2014

How To Make a Triple Love Knot Bead by Must-Haves Jewelry

I started with a 6.5mm mandrel and a length of 18 gauge copper wire.
 I cut three sections of three complete coils.
 Twist two of the coils together.

One coil will be inside the other coil.
 Now take the third coil and go through both coils.  You will need to pull the coil apart a bit to start.  After you have coiled the three links completely through, you can pinch the coils back together tightly.

Here are some finished links.  The earrings pictured below were made with a 3mm mandrel.  These tiny knots were the perfect size for earrings.
These earrings are listed in my Etsy shop.

TheTriple Knot


My new favorite wire knot...the triple knot....I plan on taking some pictures on how I made these for a future post.  These knots make fun links or earrings.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Heat Patina on Copper Jewelry

I made a copper bangle yesterday.   I used heat patina to finished the piece.  This is a fun and easy way to add some color to your designs. Here is the process:
First I made the design and cleaned the copper.   I use a wire brush and lemon juice to thoroughly  clean the bangle. 

After the piece is clean, I use my torch and apply heat until the pretty colors appear.  I like to hold the piece with my tongs, so I can control where I will apply the heat.  The colors change from yellow to pink to turquoise very fast.  And too much heat will produce gray.

Then to hold the colors, I apply Renaissance Wax.  I usually put two coats of wax on the piece.  Let it dry and then buff to a nice shine.