Judy Freyer Thompson's Gentle Curves Necklace, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Making Chain, Chain Making , Oxidizing Wire, Oxidizing, Antiquing Wire, Antiquing, Sawing, Saw, Wire Saw, Texturing. Use 8-gauge copper wire to make the main body of this Gentle Curves Necklace.
Gentle Curves Necklace
by Judy Freyer Thompson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Chain Making, Oxidizing / Antiquing, Sawing, Texturing
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
Use 8-gauge copper wire to make the main body of this Gentle Curves Necklace. Combine it with a handmade figure-8 chain to complete the piece. This is a very versatile design as you can add bead dangles to the curves, or even add your choice of fiber for a different twist.

Materials

8 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-8D
  • Lesson Quantity: 32.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $10.88
  • Gold Club Price: $8.16
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16 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire - 1LB
H11-16D-1LB
  • Lesson Quantity: 3.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.97
  • Gold Club Price: $16.48
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $170.72
  • Gold Club Price: $128.04
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6PC File Set
FIL-912.10
  • FIL-912.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $39.97
  • Gold Club Price: $29.98
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Jewelers Saw with Adjustable Frame without Blade
G18-3
  • G18-3
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.97
  • Gold Club Price: $9.73
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Relentless Sawblade - Cut 2 - Sold by the Dozen
SAW-400.08D
  • SAW-400.08D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.25
  • Gold Club Price: $2.44
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Swivel-Headed Pin Vise
PIN-220.00
  • PIN-220.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.57
  • Gold Club Price: $4.18
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Wubbers Jumbo Round Mandrel Pliers
G2-1305
  • G2-1305
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $35.97
  • Gold Club Price: $26.98
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.98
  • Gold Club Price: $11.98
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Auto Center Punch
PUN-430.00
  • PUN-430.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.97
  • Gold Club Price: $6.73
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Chasing Hammer - Flat Faced with Polished Wooden Handle - Pack of 1
G3-13
  • G3-13
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.97
  • Gold Club Price: $8.98
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Small Brass Brush
BRS-966.10
  • BRS-966.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $10.97
  • Gold Club Price: $8.23
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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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Instructions
Step 1
Clean both lengths of wire using the 400 grit sandpaper. Using the ruler and permanent marker measure one 12" piece and one 20" piece of 8 gauge wire. Cut using the jewelers saw and a cut 2 blade, file the ends flat.
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Step 2
Using the ruler and permanent marker, measure and cut 24 1½" pieces of 16-gauge wire, and one 2" piece, file the ends flat. Using the ruler and permanent marker, measure ½" off the end of each 8-gauge wire. Lay the wire on the steel bench block and flatten up to the mark with the chasing hammer. File the ends.
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Step 3
Using the ruler and permanent marker, measure ¼" off the flattened ends and make a mark. Use the auto center punch to make a divot.
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Step 4
Drill using the pin vise and #52 bit on the bench pin.
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Step 5
Using the ruler and permanent marker, mark center on each 8-gauge wire. Begin bending the wires using the Wubbers on the 21mm end.
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Step 6
Continue to bend using the template.
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Step 7
Once you have bent both wires, align the drilled holes and pin together temporarily using a piece of wire. Hold the wires on the steel bench block and texture the wire using the cross peen hammer.
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Step 8
To make the chain, position the wire at the bottom of the round nose pliers and bend opposing simple loops in the 2" pieces of 16-gauge wire.
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Step 9
To make the hook, make a simple loop on one end of the 3" wire, same as the links; then make a larger loop in the opposite end.
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Step 10
Assemble the chain and hook, then attach to the 8-gauge wire assembly.

You may now choose to patina using Liver of Sulfur, be sure to follow manufacturer's instructions. If you use the Liver of Sulfur, brass brush your piece after you apply and rinse the patina, seal with a high quality spray sealant.
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