Grungy Inspired Re-Purposed Necklace

by Teri Griffith.
(Davie, Florida USA)

Rena Klingenberg and the JMJ collective have inspired me to try something new.

Pulling the pieces together

Pulling the pieces together

The learning curve has been bumpy and steep I must admit. For a little background about my process, I think acquiring bits and pieces that don’t have a specific plan in mind is a great way to discover a new design.

Playing with the pieces

Playing with the pieces

My son-in-law is an electrician and gives me scrap copper pipe and wire, my husband found the vintage brass claim tag, and I had short pieces of chain from other projects.

Love that copper patina color

Love that copper patina color

First I cut little lengths of copper plumbing tube, pounded them flat and irregular. Next I wanted the patina that comes with a swim in vinegar and salt. If a little color was good, more was going to be way better… wrong.

What I got two days later was a “Rust-tastrophy”! Ah, fuming in ammonia would make all things better, wrong. Rusty, black and stinky. A follow up with a visit to my wire wheel might fix everything, it was starting to grow on me.

Earrings because I made too many copper rings

Earrings because I made too many copper rings

After making large messy copper jump rings, ear wires, playing with the pattern and wiring the whole mess together, it seems to all come together for my take on the “Grungy Graduation” vibe.

Teri Griffith
Creatively Hatched at Etsy

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