Rustic beauty

Project Description

Who is this project for? Women What are you most proud of? This was my first soldering project from a few months ago. The ring is copper wire loops soldered together with a few blobs I accidentally made while making balled end headpins. The geode was wrapped in copper then soldered at the seam and at the wire used as a bail. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Keep your first soldering project simple. The not-so-perfectly soldered elements compliment the natural style of the necklace.

What you will need

  • The focal bead is a copper wrapped geode. Assorted semiprecious stones
  • seed beads and copper findings finish the piece.

Q&A with Audra Baade

Debs Parker asked:
Very beautiful. I really enjoy your use of colors together. Purple and copper have always been favorites. May I ask, did you make all the charms too?
Audra Baade answered:
Thank you. Most of the charms are beads with drilled holes. I just used a headpin to attach them. For the geode center stone, I formed a thin piece of copper into a ring and soldered at the seam and then soldered a piece of wire to the top. The copper was annealed and soft enough to mold around the stone with a wooden craft stick. As I burnished it, the copper became harder around the stone -- it is now a very solid setting..
Rockland Rocks asked:
This is beautiful. I've said it before -- you are an artist and jewelry is quite clearly your medium for expression.
Audra Baade answered:
Thank you.
penguin251991 asked:
Great mixture of colors and textures in the beading here.
Audra Baade answered:
Thank you.
colorblues asked:
Very nice. The color is so rich.
Audra Baade answered:
Thank you.