Copper jewellery has gained popularity as the price of gold and silver have increased.
As the handmade movement grows, so does the desire to learn to make copper jewellery. Copper-coloured solder connects copper jewellery joints with a copper colour. It is used in rings, cuff and bangle bracelets and earrings, as well as necklace pendants. Copper solder is used in joints, connections and edging.
Cut your wire to the desired length for the ring, earring or bracelet and place the copper solder paste at the joint of the copper wire you want to join.
Heat your metal and bring the copper solder under the flame of your torch. Watch the solder flow to ensure a smooth connection.
Sand rough edges and any places where the flame has discoloured the metal.
Place the piece into the tumbler to strengthen and polish it. Remove the jewellery from tumbler and clean it.
Things you need
- Torch (one that heats to a high temperature)
- Uncoated copper wire
- Copper solder paste
- Metal sanding paper
- Wire cutters