Tranquility Necklace (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Three simple copper sticks provide an aura of calmness and minimalist style on this oxidized copper chain.

Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I used a double-spiral clasp from one of my previous tutorials here.

Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The copper sticks are in three graduated lengths, and slightly hammer-distressed.

Supplies:

  • Round wire – 16 gauge, soft or half-hard. I used copper.
    You’ll need three pieces of wire:

    • 1 piece 3″ (76mm) long
    • 1 piece 2.5″ (64mm) long
    • 1 piece 2″ (51mm) long
  • Chain – your choice of length and chain style.
    I used a 17″ (43.2cm) oxidized copper chain, link size 3mm x 4mm.
  • Two jump rings, one for each end of the chain.
  • Clasp for your chain.
    I used a clasp from my Spiral Wire Hook Clasp Tutorial.
  • Wire cutter. If you’re using 16 gauge wire or heavier, be sure to use a cutter made for heavy gauges. I used a memory wire cutter.
  • Optional: Nylon-jaw pliers for straightening your wires.
  • Wire rounder / cup bur.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Steel jeweler’s block (or other sturdy, smooth surface you can hammer on).
  • Metal hammer for flattening and texturizing your wires.
    I used a domed face chasing hammer.
  • Nylon, plastic, or rubber jewelry hammer for final hammering on wires.

How to Make a Tranquility Necklace:

We’ll start by cutting our three pieces of wire:

  • 1 piece 3″ (76mm) long
  • 1 piece 2.5″ (64mm) long
  • 1 piece 2″ (51mm) long

I used memory wire cutters for this heavier gauge of wire:

Using memory wire cutters to cut 16 gauge copper wire - Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wires should look something like this:

Cutting wires for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

If you have nylon jaw pliers, use them to straighten the three wires you just cut.

Use your flat nose pliers to hold one end of the wire firmly, and use the nylon jaw pliers to slide down the length of the wire, pulling the wire straight as it slides:

Using nylon pliers to straighten wire for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your wire rounder / cup bur to round and smooth each end of all three wires:

Using wire rounder / cup bur for smooth wire ends - Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

In just a moment we’ll be making a loop on each of our wires.

To make sure all three loops are the same size, use a Sharpie marker to draw a guideline halfway down one jaw of your round nose pliers:

Marking a guideline on pliers, for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your round nose pliers to grasp the tip of one of your wires. The wire should be on the guideline you just drew on the pliers:

Making a wire loop for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Roll the wire end into a loop, turning your pliers as needed to make the loop:

Making a wire loop for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should have a P-shaped loop, like this:

Wire loop for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make the same size of P-shaped loop on one end of each of your other two wires.

Now you should have three wires that look like this:

Wire loops for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to texture the wires with a metal hammer.

Place one of your wires on the steel block (with the loop hanging off the edge of the block because we don’t want to hammer the loop):

Getting ready to hammer wires for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Holding the loop with your fingers as shown below, use your metal hammer to add some texture and flattening to the long, straight part of the wire:

Hammering wires for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

If your wire got a bit warped with that hammering, use your nylon, plastic, or rubber hammer to hammer the wire flat again:

Hammering wires for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Hammer the other two pieces of wire the same way.

Now you should have three textured wires:
Hammered wires for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to assemble the Tranquility Necklace.

Set out your chain:

Wire for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and your clasp:

Spiral clasp for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

String your three wire pieces onto the chain, in whatever order you want them to be:

Stringing wires onto chain for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Assembling Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use a jump ring to fasten your clasp to one end of your chain:

Attaching clasp to chain for Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your finished Tranquility Necklace should look something like this:

Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Tranquility Necklace - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Colleen says:

    Simple, but very pretty AND yes, peaceful. Love working with copper so I can’t wait to do this. I’m going to torch the copper to bring out some pretty colors then give them a clear coat to preserve the colors.

    Love your ideas and tutorials Rena!!
    Thank you for another great hit!

  2. I love the simple, uncluttered design of this pendant and can see it worn with a silicon cord or a contrasting metal collar.

  3. Thank you – I love this idea!

  4. Phyllis says:

    This makes me tranquil just looking at it! I love combining copper with blue, so I think I might use a royal blue satin cord in place of the chain. Thank you for this elegant design and nice tutorial.

  5. I love this design, it is so elegant but simple. Thanks!

  6. Very nice! I am thinking of ways to put my spin on this design. Thank you for all your ideas and patterns.

  7. Sue Shade says:

    Simple and beautiful. Thank you Rena.

  8. That is so classy, love it. And somehow you make it seem pretty easy to make too!

  9. It’s lovely! Thank you for the clear tutorial.

  10. That necklace is beautiful! I love how the copper contrasts with the dark necklace. And I never would have guessed that the copper was made from copper wire. I’m pinning this because I’d like to try making it someday.

  11. What a beautiful necklace. I so admire people who can do this sort of thing it is such detail work.

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