Copper tree of life bracelet

Project Description

Who is this project for? Women 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. 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!

What you will need

  • I used a copper blank
  • copper chains
  • leather scraps
  • a few loose beads
  • jump rings and a clasp

Q&A with holly.ross.05

Viki asked:
I love this project! If you go to places like Rio Grande or other jewelry supplier sites, they usually have videos on using a saw. That way you don't end up with questionable sites.
holly.ross.05 answered:
Thanks for the tip! :D
Joni Kassay asked:
Where in Missouri? I have family in pleasant Hills, Lone Jace,Bates City.
holly.ross.05 answered:
South of St Louis
billy12148517931 asked:
I love this ..don't know if I can do this tho..it would be interesting for sure!! .
holly.ross.05 answered:
It was fun to learn to use a jewelry saw. If you try it, be prepared to break a LOT of blades!
Sonia Calero asked:
Like I said I love trees and this project is right up my alley.
holly.ross.05 answered:
Thanks, Sonia. Once I started making them, I had a hard time stopping!