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Copper tree of life bracelet

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Jewelry
Type Accessory, Bracelet
Style Romantic, Casual, Whimsical, Funky, Cute
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Who is this project for? Women

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What materials did you use? I used a copper blank, copper chains, leather scraps, a few loose beads, jump rings and a clasp

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What are you most proud of? I'm most proud of the fact that I've been able to take something, look at it, and figure out where to start based on the things I've learned to this point. My first pieces were pendants and they gradually went from okay to great. The other day I was sitting in my studio and I thought, wait a minute...they don't have to just be pendants. What was it going to cost to try it? Not much, really. I already had the supplies. Why not? It did take a bit of time to figure out how to make it work as a bracelet, but I finally got it.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you know nothing about pierced metal jewelry or using a jeweler's saw, GOOGLE it! Be careful, though... pierced metal jewelry can lead to some, um, interesting material. Be sure to buy the correct blade for your metal, too. I snapped 6 blades on the first project because I didn't realize this! Once you have your supplies and the hole is punched, use beeswax (found in quilting departments) on your blade to keep the cut smooth. When the blade binds, use more beeswax. Also, take your time! It isn't a race! You can't man-handle the pieces, either. It works better when you apply just enough pressure to keep your piece from spinning away. Most of all, have fun! Mistakes are steps in the journey. Keep the ones you don't like, attach them to an index card and make notes to yourself on what TO do and what NOT to do next time!

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Love this, so,many creative details!

06/12/2013 Flag

love the tree. I think of tree of life as well as family tree. Great project and super advice. I may need to break away from all quilting and go for jewelery. Like you I think the better pieces would be great gifts and the not so great could be mine or for the younger grand girls to use in dress up.

01/26/2014 Flag

Where in Missouri? I have family in pleasant Hills, Lone Jace,Bates City.

03/10/2014 Flag

South of St Louis

08/16/2015 Flag

I love this ..don't know if I can do this tho..it would be interesting for sure!! .

06/13/2015 Flag

It was fun to learn to use a jewelry saw. If you try it, be prepared to break a LOT of blades!

08/16/2015 Flag

Like I said I love trees and this project is right up my alley.

07/04/2015 Flag

Thanks, Sonia. Once I started making them, I had a hard time stopping!

08/16/2015 Flag