Ethnic Charm

by Nancy Vaughan.
(San Diego, California USA)

Brass Choker with Charms and Bone Beads

I was going through my wire supplies to see what I had and what I needed. To my surprise I discovered I still had a coil of 12ga red brass wire. I don’t remember ever making anything with it. 12ga brass wire is stiff and if it is textured it is really stiff!

OK. I’ve got the wire now what can I do with it? I remembered one of Rena’s blurbs about making neck rings or wire chokers and since I had never made one I decided this wire might be just the thing for it.

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My first problem was cutting the wire. I have a pair of lineman’s pliers that I use for cutting heavier wire but they really didn’t want to do the job. I love a challenge! Eventually I got the wire cut and then realized I didn’t have anything to use for a mandrel.

We all know that necessity is the mother of strange things. The solution to my problem was to form the curve around my leg just above the knee. Sounds weird but it worked.

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After I got the ring formed I decided it needed a little embellishment.

In the copper and brass scraps my neighbor had given me were some brass discs.

They were already drilled and ready to use. Instant embellishment… almost.

The blanks were plain so I textured them with a chasing hammer. They still were a bit bland so I got out the torch and voila!

The discs were a lot more interesting but not interesting enough to use alone.

Luckily I have a good selection of horn and bone beads that I could combine with the discs.

The carved designs on the beads added an element of interest with out being standing out too much.

Thanks for the inspiration, Rena.

Nancy Vaughan
Wicked Wire Works

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