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Behind The ScenesJewelleryProject Wabi Sabi

Copper Necklace

By November 30, 2018 December 7th, 2018 No Comments
Month nine outcome -

Copper Necklace:

Copper Necklace – For those following me on social media, you will know that November was my month of making jewellery from something with copper. This month because to be honest it came together really rather quickly. I knew what I wanted to create quite clearly and for once the design did what I had hoped and expected it would. Some might call this experience but I prefer to call a bit of luck!

Month nine of my #ProjectWabiSabi was a celebration of copper because this is the material that marks the ninth wedding anniversary.  So each month until December, I will be selecting the next material in line. Each marks the next sentimental anniversary gift.

This year I have marked months 1-10 in celebration of my ten years in business.

Copper Necklace Designer jewellery

During November I also recommended some brilliant independent businesses making copper themed gifts, see more here. I also interviewed talented jeweller Sophia Hargreaves about her jewellery business. Finally, I made a copper necklace and this is what I wanted to talk about further in this blog post.

Making in copper

Setting myself a brief …

This months outcome came to me a little while back. I knew that I wanted to add another knotty number to the collection. A development from my knot necklace designed back in April, but incorporating a shorter collar height neckline, a magnetic clasp and clean and of course copper detailing.

Copper Necklace Work In Progress
Copper Necklace Handmade In The UK

Copper Necklace

Problem Solving…
The main development of the piece came from trial and error. Playing with the length of the piece, sizes of the copper pieces and strength of the magnets. Having a clear vision in mind helped with the design but there’s nothing like having the materials in your hand to get the practical issues of how the piece with be worn and function, resolved.
Working with rope previously has prompted me to find innovative ways to create fastenings. Previously I have tried tying methods, as well as adjustable friction techniques. Due to wanting the necklace to be a much shorter length this time, I knew that neither of this outcomes would suffice. Having played with magnets in previous university work, it was something that I was sure I could get working for this piece. I was pleased after some play that indeed I did and the below video illustrates this beautifully.
Copper Necklace Knotted Rope
Copper Necklace Anniversary Gift
The outcome…

A sultry navy blue necklace, with intricate knotting and clean copper detailing. The necklace sits at collar height at 21″ around with a drop of approximately 17cm. Knot width is approximately 2.5cm and copper tube is 3cm in width. Equally perfect as a party piece over a dress or a bold accessory over a top.

So tell me … what do you think of penultimate offering, let me know below in the comments.

Sarah

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Owner, designer and maker of Saloukee Jewellery.

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