Look at my jewelry and you might guess that I definitely have a thing for copper. When did my love affair with copper start? Who knows? It’s been so long, it might have been in another life time! And who could blame me?
But humanity beat me to the punch a looooong time ago. Did you know that copper is the very first metal to be mined and used by ancient people? Check out this gorgeous piece of peacock copper ore!
What draws me to copper is its warmth, both in looks and feel, the latter of which makes it very comfortable, soothing even, to wear. It is often used in therapeutic ways and some swear by its ability to calm achy joints.
To me copper is enormously attractive from a design stand point for several equally important reasons. For one, it is readily available, mined right here in the US, can be found in a variety of different shapes and forms, from wires to sheets to washers etc.
It is a fairly uncomplicated metal to work with and takes on a beautiful patina, which to me, really makes it come alive. Copper is often a component used in combination with other metals to create alloys such as bronze, jewelers brass, even sterling silver. Add to all that the fact that it is fairly inexpensive, well, it doesn’t get any better than that!
I am always interested in new ways to use it in my jewelry. So far I have bent and hammered it into various shapes…
I have used it to weave!
I have paired it with bright colors:
and more muted ones…
I have pieced together intricate chains…
What will be next you ask? Right now I am working on designs that involve soldering as well as creating soldered bezels, which will allow me to include some of my lamp work artist friend’s gorgeous hand crafted glass cabochons. All I can tell you is that there aren’t enough hours in a day to fit in all that I want to do with it!
So, stay tuned and I hope I have opened your eyes a little more to the many benefits and opportunities humble copper has to offer!