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About Our Craft

Handmade Copper Beads and Pendants
Original work by Patricia Healey

Our gorgeous copper beads and pendants are fabricated from sheet metal. First, we cut the shapes out, and then put form to metal using the technique of Repousse, (beating the crap out of the metal from the reverse side, giving it form). We use a bronze solder, which you can sometimes see as bits of gold peeking through the solder seams. To get that gorgeous color we use our top secret patination formula, and then fire it up with a torch. Finally, the color is sealed in with a metal lacquer.

Caring for your copper beads and pendants is easy. Because each piece has been sealed, the copper will not oxidize. Body lotions can build up on the metal beads over time and dull that beautiful lustrous patina. We recommend using a soft cloth, with a little Renaissance Wax, food grade Paraffin Wax, or “Endust” to bring the luster back up. This will also help protect the beads from scratching for those who are a little rough on their jewelry.