Make Recycled Jewelry

by Dawn Lombard
(Monroe, CT USA)

Handmade Lampwork Bead, Copper, and Crystal Necklace

Handmade Lampwork Bead, Copper, and Crystal Necklace

Handmade Lampwork Bead, Copper, and Crystal Necklace
Close Up of Focal Lampwork Bead
Jewelry Making Supplies - Wire, Copper Washes

Make recycled jewelry. Repurpose salvaged copper washers to make a handmade lampwork bead, copper, and crystal necklace. A great wire and bead jewelry project!


On a recent trip to a salvage yard, I came across these cool copper washers and wondered what I could do with them.

Being a lampwork glass bead artist, I am always looking for new things to incorporate into my designs.

I took the copper washers and flame-annealed them with my oxygen/propane torch (the same torch I use for my glass beads). This created a great looking purple/red patina.

Then I put them through my roller mill with some fabric to create the soft texture. Then, I simply drilled holes on the top and bottom so that I could wire wrap them together.

The finished piece includes a handful of my handmade beads (you could use any beads), copper wire, copper washers, and Swarovski® crystals.

I hope you like my handmade lampwork bead, copper, and crystal necklace!

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Recycling Copper Washers to Make Jewelry
by: Anonymous

WOW...So pretty!

Making Recycled Jewelry
by: Anonymous

LOVE this necklace! AMAZING use of washers!!! Love it.

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