Okay, this is gonna sound pretentious as hell but it’s the truth. When the Husband and I honeymooned in Paris a kabillion years ago, we went to the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, that famous flea market. At the entrance of the market was a man selling handmade copper jewelry. At that time in our life, I hadn’t been actively studying French so I could only say a few words. But this man, thankfully, spoke English, with a heavy African accent. He looks at me and says, “These are made of cooper.” I say, “Oh, copper!” He says, “No, they are COOPER! COOPER!” My eyes widened and I said, “Okay, cooper!” I picked out one necklace for myself and one for my mom, paid and went on my merry way. When I returned a couple of years later with my mom, I looked all over that market for that man but as with life, things change and people move on. He was nowhere to be found. He lives in a corner of my mind as an amusing anecdote. Cooper!
I’ve been seeing all sorts of killer handmade jewelry on the internet, made with some interesting materials. I saw that someone did this ring, made of a glass bead and copper wiring. I had to make one!
Yeah, about that, “ring that I just had to make!” Being as I have never made a ring with wire and that I didn’t even have the right tools hardly deterred me. I ended up buying some copper wiring at Lowe’s. It was much cheaper than the craft store and the local hardware store didn’t carry any wire that I could use. A few months ago, I bought a giant vase of costume jewelry at Goodwill, intending to take apart some of the pieces to use for other crafts. One of the necklaces is made of the most beautiful glass beads, individually. Together, it looked like clown vomit, a unholy mixture of color. I popped off one of the beads and measured off about maybe a foot (or two feet) of wire? I wrapped it around and came up with a wearable ring (see above). Not nearly as nice as the tutorial. I’d love to practice a little more and try to make something a little more polished but, eh, **shrugs shoulders**, it’ll do for now. I’ll be rocking this COOPER! ring for a while.