DIY Wood + Copper Necklaces

Written by Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue.

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I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this about my own project, but I am so in love with this DIY. The materials — wooden beads and copper tubing — are so raw and simple, but the possibilities are practically endless! Whatever your technique, the result is a unique, modern statement necklace perfect for practically any outfit.

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DIY Wood + Copper Necklaces

Supplies: wooden beads in various sizes (3/8″ – 1.5″), black paint, paint brush, 1/2″ copper tubing, 1/2″ tube cutter, 1mm leather or hemp cord

DIY Wood + Copper Necklaces - Materials

Step 1: To make your own copper tube beads, pick up some copper tubing and a tube cutter from the plumbing aisle at the hardware store. Simply rotate the tube cutter around the tube, tightening the cutter as you go along. About 10 rotations or so should do the trick.

DIY Wood + Copper Necklaces - Step 1

Step 2: Use a point-tip paint brush and black paint to add polka dots to a few of the wooden beads.

DIY Wood + Copper Necklaces - Step 2

Step 3: String different combinations of wooden beads and copper tubing onto the leather cord. For a variation on the traditional strung bead necklace, pass the ends of the cord through opposite ends of a copper tube. For a longer, more dangly necklace, string on a small wooden bead, and then string other beads onto both sides of the leather cord.

DIY Wood + Copper Necklaces - Step 3

Step 4: To finish off each necklace, pass both ends of the cord through a small bead, and tie the ends together with a simple overhand knot.

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Enjoy!

Comments

  1. says

    Wow! What a beautifully simplistic design you’ve created. It reminds me of the gorgeous scandinavian inspired creations that are circling the web :) Good on you!

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  1. […] Sometimes the simplest materials can make a huge impact!  Take, for example, these necklaces by Mandy over at See Kate Sew.  Combining unfinished wooden beads with copper tubing from the plumbing department, the unrefined materials give a surprisingly sophisticated result.  Be sure to check out all of her variations on this design as well – there are lots of ways to string the beads and tubing together to create a bunch of different looks.  Which one is most your style?  [how to make wood and copper necklaces] […]

  2. […] Sometimes the simplest materials can make a huge impact!  Take, for example, these necklaces by Mandy over at See Kate Sew.  Combining unfinished wooden beads with copper tubing from the plumbing department, the unrefined materials give a surprisingly sophisticated result.  Be sure to check out all of her variations on this design as well – there are lots of ways to string the beads and tubing together to create a bunch of different looks.  Which one is most your style?  [how to make wood and copper necklaces] […]