More Metal Work, Etched and Wire Jewelry

I’m still on that metalwork kick with jewelry making.  Maybe it’s here to stay, I’m loving it so much.  Still I don’t want to loose whatever wire work skills I possess (and I have a lot more to learn) so I did a little of that on this necklace.  I used copper wire and faceted smokey quartz beads.

Hand cut heart pendant and wire work

Hand cut heart pendant and wire work

I have to admit, the heart is my favorite part of this piece.

Hand cut and textured heart shape

Hand cut and textured heart shape

This cuff sort of developed on its’ own.  It was different in my head. I cut two layers of copper from sheet, etched one, hammered the other and riveted them together.  I scalloped the ends and added a commercial toggle clasp.

Etched with Ferric Chloride and riveted to the hammered layer of copper

Etched with Ferric Chloride and riveted to the hammered layer of copper

Scalloped the edges and added a toggle clasp

Scalloped the edges and added a toggle clasp

This pendant was made by hand cutting three hearts from brass sheet and nesting them together.  I made a copper bail and riveted all the metal pieces together (that’s five metal pieces!).  I later put the pendant on a silver chain for even more of a mixed metal look.

Three brass, hammered hearts riveted onto a copper bail

Three brass, hammered hearts riveted onto a copper bail

I already have a collection of etched pieces I’ve made and put aside till I know what to do with them. These earrings were made of disks I had made previously and tiny red jade beads.IMG_9279

My head is filled with more ideas – more metal components for earrings, more pendants and cuffs, oh my!

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About zoraidabros

I'm Zoraida and I design and create handmade, one of a kind jewelry. My work is inspired by the art of ancient world cultures that have endured the shifting trends of fashion. I prefer to work in copper and semi precious gemstones but also appreciate fine lamp work beads, wood and other artistically crafted materials. Please visit my studio at http://zoraida.artfire.com and my website at http://zoraidajewelry.com
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19 Responses to More Metal Work, Etched and Wire Jewelry

  1. craftytrog says:

    These are beautiful pieces Zoraida. I really must take some classes, as I would love to create wearable art like this.
    Thank you for sharing,
    Alison x

  2. Shinrin says:

    These are all GORGEOUS!!! They look great ^_^

  3. Donna Geurin says:

    I do love your metalwork and you are doing great. But I have to say, do NOT loose your wonderful wire wire skills.

  4. Sue T says:

    Your work is exquiste.Thank you for for posting and sharing your ideas and designs.

  5. Maria Rodriguez says:

    Zorida your table set up is great…I loved it. Keep being creative you do very nice wire work and colorful…best wishes Maria😁

    Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2014 17:21:25 +0000
    To: shazaadi@hotmail.com

  6. Donna says:

    Love your work!!!

  7. Diane Smith says:

    Each creation is more stunning than the last! But I have to say that the heart pendant necklace is outstanding!

  8. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks Diane! I do like the heart necklace (especially the heart) a lot. Funny, I never used to like hearts until I tried making them more rustic.

  9. carlaburke says:

    Ooh, I do hope you’ll continue with both – and often, together! What an inspiration you are! I love wire work, but never thought to much about it, until a few years ago. I thought metalwork was ‘kinda cool’, but you’ve intrigued me. And now? Lol – you’re inspiring me to MIX the two! Too funny – I love it!

  10. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks, Carla. I’m sure you’ll find lots of jewelry techniques to mix and enjoy. I’m still exploring. I’d love to learn enameling someday, glass beads, and so much more.

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  12. GemPundit says:

    You did nice work on metal. Your skills to design the metal into beautiful jewelry is very nice. I liked your work. I like most three cutted hear nested for a nice piece of jewelry.

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