Copper Washers: A beautiful addition to your Jewelry Designs

October 31, 2011

Earrings made with copper washers and copper wire

Copper washers may seem overly industrial for jewelry, but with a little manipulation, they work great. Ever since we started carrying them a couple of weeks ago, I have been experimenting and the results have been fabulous! And I have only scratched the surfaced. These washers would be great linked as bracelets, soldered together for fabulous bib necklaces or dapped into pretty dome shapes!

Everything you need to create hammered copper links: Washers, steel block, and hammers. Oh and some copper wire can add a nice touch!

I chose to distress the washers using a steel block and multiple hammers. Then I used a little liver of sulfur to blacken the washers and some steel wool to buff them up. The result is the antiqued hammered links that can be used anywhere you would use any other link.

Cool lines created by a texturizing hammer!

Hammered look created using a ball pein or chasing hammer

Look at all the pretty washers! The assortment pack is great because there are several sizes.

In the center are the earrings seen above before being antiqued!

A little liver of sulfur will easily blacken your washers since they are solid copper. These are all the same washers as above!

Earrings made with copper washers and cubic zirconia briolettes! I love the new cubic zirconia briolettes that we are carrying!

Hammered copper washers with a little chain 🙂

Two sizes of hammered washers, slightly sanded to show off the deep hammering

Well I hope you have enjoyed my washer blog! Please feel free to ask me any questions about the washers, tools or beads that I used. :0

~~Tiffany

 

Suggested supplies for the designs in this blog:

Solid copper jump rings are nice, because it’s great to say that nothing in your design is plated. But they are only available in a few sizes, so I love to have the assorted copper jump ring mix on hand too, because then I always have the right size.

 

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19 Comments

  • Reply Carol October 31, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    All of your earring designs are wonderful!! I love them! Thanks for the inspiring post! 🙂

  • Reply Danaa December 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Where did you find the washers. Home Depot did not have them near me.
    Thanks.

  • Reply Rebecca July 20, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Hi, Tiffany,
    Wow! These are amazing!!!! I can’t wait to order and get started. I am trying to find all the supplies needed for the earrings with the chains. Can you please send me the list of items I need to purchase? Thanks so much!!!!

  • Reply Denise Ross July 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I have been trying to figure out what tool to use to create the that raised circle texture. In the photo with the caption, “Look at all the pretty washers! The assortment pack is great because there are several sizes.” I am referring to the washers on the bottom left of the photo. How do you do that?
    Thanks so very much. Denise

  • Reply Kathy November 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Do you have a list of supplies for the 1st, 2nd & 4th pair of earrings? I would love to find out what I need.

    Thank You
    Kathy

  • Reply Jann July 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Love!

  • Reply Deb August 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Do you hammer both sides of the washer?? These are beautiful and I am trying them now.

    • Reply Polly August 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Hi Deb,
      I usually hammer both sides, but you can hammer just one if you prefer.
      One issue is that when you hammer the 2nd side, the marks on the first side can get a bit flattened, so you need to do a little on each side, and then a bit more on each side, and then sometimes a final bit of touch up on each side.
      ~Polly

  • Reply Heather January 8, 2015 at 8:33 am

    These are fabulous! I have been wanting a texturizing hammer & the copper washers are cool!

  • Reply Gillian Wright January 15, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Some gorgeous inspirational designs. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Reply Cyndi January 28, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Can you send me the list of supplies for the copper washers and cubic zirconia briolettes earrings? We are doing a girl’s project and they are perfect!

  • Reply Melissa March 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Hi, these are fabulous. When making the earrings, what type of copper wire do you use? The kind you flattened and what gauge. You do wonderful work. thank you for sharing your ideas and knowledge of jewelry making!

  • Reply Diane Bessette February 19, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Hi Tiffany,
    I am looking for brass or silver washers to stamp and use for making bracelets. The washer would lay flat on the wrist and be in contact with the skin. I went to Home Depot as others have recommended to find these supplies but noticed the washer came with a hazard warning! so I did not purchase them. What metal should I look for that can be stamped and will be perfectly safe to use in jewelry making where it will be in direct contact with the skin on a daily basis ??

    Diane B.

    • Reply Polly February 20, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Hi Diane,
      Sterling Silver is safest, of the metals that you’re likely to find in washer-shaped and -sized components. We have one sterling washer-shaped blank, but it’s quite a bit more expensive that what you’d find in the hardware store: http://www.rings-things.com/Products/Sterling-Silver-Metal-Stamping-Blanks/Sterling-Silver-Stamping-Blank-Ring-22mm.html
      I would say that copper is next on the list of safety (although it’s not in your list of colors). Sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Very few people are allergic to either silver or copper, and copper is occasionally used as cookware and drinkware. However, copper can turn your skin green (where it fits tightly).
      Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. Zinc is a food supplement you can buy, but in excess amounts it can be toxic. Brass has a lot of copper, and can turn your skin green (where it fits tightly).
      Aluminum has been associated with a memory disorder, but it’s also commonly used for food storage, and it is lightweight and easy to stamp. I personally don’t like the feel of it touching my skin, but I like upcycling fun found aluminum objects in ways that keep the aluminum protected (it scratches easily) and also keep it from touching my skin (sandwiching it between layers, with windows).
      Nickel silver is a common metal used in inexpensive jewelry. But since many people are allergic to nickel, it’s best to use it in layers that don’t rest directly on the skin.
      Stainless steel usually has a high nickel content (usually 8-10%) so although stainless steel is popular for jewelry, not everyone can wear it (and you can’t sell it in the UK due to the nickel ban for jewelry).
      Of metals that you’re likely to find at the hardware store, you are probably best off with copper washers and brass washers. Find a nice witty way to explain that yes, they may turn you green on a hot day (right where the washer rests), but that means it’s solid copper (or brass), not some plating that will wear off.
      Here are our washers and washer-style jewelry blanks: http://www.rings-things.com/Products/Washers-and-Decorative-Washers/
      –Polly

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