Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire. Capture a beautiful cabochon within this cage of wire.
Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant
by Oksana Truhan
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Forging, Weaving
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
Capture a beautiful cabochon within this cage of wire. Shaped like a butterfly wing, the cab shines from within.

Materials

16 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-16D
  • Lesson Quantity: 22.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $3.91
  • Gold Club Price: $2.93
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18 Gauge Round Half Hard Copper Wire
H11-18H
  • Lesson Quantity: 11.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.65
  • Gold Club Price: $0.49
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28 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-28D
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $0.64
  • Gold Club Price: $0.48
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Round, smooth copper beads 3mm
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
18x13mm Snow Quartz Oval Cabochon - Pack of 1
E7-247E
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $1.04
  • Gold Club Price: $0.78
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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4oz Ball Peen Hammer with Wooden Handle
G3-36
  • G3-36
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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Premium Steel Bench Block 2 1/2 X 2 1/2
G17-9
  • G17-9
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.98
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Micro-Flame Butane Torch
SOL-300.00
  • SOL-300.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $36.97
  • Gold Club Price: $27.73
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Liver of Sulfur 4 oz
SOL-600.04
  • SOL-600.04
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Pickle Pot, 16 Ounces
CLN-584.00
  • CLN-584.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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Ultra-Polish Pads, 20 pack
POL-695.00
  • POL-695.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.38
  • Gold Club Price: $4.78
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Instructions
Step 1
Follow my sketch to draw your butterfly wing frame. Mine is approximately 2 1/2" long.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 2
Take 12" of 16-gauge wire and make a loop at the end of this wire.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 3
Follow to the sketch to make the shape of butterfly wing. Pay attention to one point: the cabochon should be located in the center of the pendant, opposite the bail.
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Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 4
Use the chain nose pliers to make a clear and sharp angle.
Continue to shape the wire to the sketch, bringing it down into the wing and curling it around itself. The curl should be the size of the cabochon as it will be the wire the cab rests upon.
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Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 5
Use the hammer to flatten the wire. Make some places wider, and some narrower. It looks more picturesque. Like the art of calligraphy. After working with a hammer, the shape of the pendant changes a little. Heat the copper and fix this.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 6
Place the solder at key points. Be careful - the parts have to fit tightly to each other. Otherwise the solder will not be able to connect them.
Heat to flow the solder. Prepare other places for soldering by cleaning off the fire scale with a file.
Place three pieces of solder and heat to flow the solder. Be careful, you don't melt the copper, only heat to the desired temperature. Otherwise, the solder will change its color to silver.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 7
Take 1 1/4" of 16-gauge wire hammer it flat and anneal it with the torch. This makes the copper soft so we can bend it easily.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 8
Make the bail and connect it to the pendant.
Place a piece of solder near the bail and solder it.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 9
Remove and excess solder and pickle the pendant to clean.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 10
Hammer the pendant to work harden it. Take 10" of 16-gauge wire and bend it like in the pictures to surround the cabochon.
Trim and file the end of the wire.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 11
Fix it temporarily to the frame.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 12
Take the 18-gauge wire and make another piece of pattern.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 13
Take 16" of 28 gauge wire and connect all the parts around the cabochon.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 14
Continue weaving together adjoining wires to stabilize the wires.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 15
Take 24" of 28-gauge wire, bend it in half and weave the top of pendant.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 16
You can add one small bead here.
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Step 17
Use another piece of 28-gauge wire to weave the last section. Trim all wires and wrap them snugly against the frame wires.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Step 18
I prefer to patina my copper jewelry. Immerse the pendant into the warm solution of liver of sulfur and wait a few minutes. Use polishing pads and cream to make the copper shine.
Copper can tarnish from moisture. To keep its shine, cover jewelry with a special varnish for metal. I advise varnishing outside only so the body is touched by the pure copper.
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant
Oksana Truhan's Butterfly Wing Copper Pendant - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, Weaving, Wire Weaving, Weaving Wire, butterfly wing pendant