I made this handmade copper and turquoise bracelet for my mother because:
For this tutorial you will need some basic wire working skills. (affiliate)
How To Make A Handmade Copper And Turquoise Bracelet
Working off the spool thread your turquoise nuggets onto the 20 gauge copper wire.
Working off the tail end place your round nose pliers about two” from the end, and make what I call a messy loop.
By making your loop then wrapping the loose end just under the loop haphazardly.
Use your needle nose pliers to press the loose end into the messy loop.
Push your turquoise nuggets over to the messy loop end.
Now cut your wire to where you have about 2 1/4″ tail, then make another messy loop.
You will be working off both ends of your turquoise messy loop link.
To make these wire links you will need your round nose pliers, and 1 3/4″ of 16 gauge copper wire.
I make my own copper jump rings.
Connect each wire link with 3 copper jump rings.
Continue connecting the copper links using 3 copper jump rings.
It will take approximately 3 handmade links and 9 jump rings for each side of the handmade copper and turquoise bracelet.
I made my copper wire clasp from 3″ of 16 gauge copper wire.
Connect the wire clasp with 3 jump rings.
On the other end I connected a handformed heart charm made from 3″ of 16 gauge copper wire using 3 jump rings.
To fasten the handmade copper and turquoise bracelet just hook the handmade clasp into one of the loops of the wire link.
I then threw the bracelet in my tumbler to work harden the wire.
Normally I would of put a patina on the bracelet using liver of sulfur, but my mother liked it shiny.
So I just left it and it will get a patina on its own over time. To keep it shiny I can either tumble it again or she can clean it with lemon juice, or ketchup. (Yes I said ketchup) It work!
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Supplies For Handmade Copper And Turquoise Bracelet
16 gauge copper wire
20 gauge copper wire
Copper jump rings
Copper wire heart charm
Round nose pliers
Flush wire cutters
Curved chain nose pliers
Needle nose pliers