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All About Oxidation and Copper Jewelry Wire

All About Oxidation and Copper Jewelry Wire

We wrap the majority of our stones with raw or bare copper wire. The wire comes in different gauges, or thicknesses, and different degrees of hardness. At DebbyTammy we love working with dead soft copper because it's malleable and allows us to make beautiful designs. 

Unfortunately, copper tarnishes quickly and turns a dull black. We've learned by watching other jewelry makers that a common practice is to speed the process along through oxidation. When oxidizing a piece of jewelry, you need to have a few items on hand.

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Trying New Things

Trying New Things

Debby and I have been expanding our creative reach. YouTube teaches us an incredible amount about what the options are in the way of crafts, exactly what you need and how to do it. I get carried away with the possibilities when it might be in my best interests to focus on one or two things, but I can’t help myself. I found a very pretty necklace and earrings set that I want to create with seed beads on YouTube. I’ve got all the beads and tools; now all I need is the time.   We’ve also been putting together...

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The Joy of Designing Handmade Jewelry

The Joy of Designing Handmade Jewelry

Last summer I started watching videos to learn how to wire wrap jewelry. You can find hundreds of artists on YouTube who freely share their expertise and knowledge, and they're genuinely invested in helping others learn their craft by answering questions and looking at your work. After mastering some basic wraps I moved on to studying weaving, which opens up myriad possibilities when designing a piece of jewelry. After a while you can look at the work of others and see the various elements used in their designs. Instagram and Pinterest are fabulous places to get inspiration. It's important to note that many artists who...

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