DIY: Copper Pendant Necklace

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Regina Pruss of Chain Chain Chained in Detroit is guiding us through a Lapiz Copper Pendant Necklace tutorial:

What you’ll need: about 3 inches of 16 gauge wire, about 2 inches of 22 gauge wire, 18 inches of chain, stones or crystals of your choice, jump rings, one lobster clasp.

Tools: flat nose pliers and cutters, hole punch, ball peen hammer, bench block

1. Start with cutting about 3 inches of wire, in this case I used copper wire.

2. Bend the wire into a half oval shape using your flat nose pliers.

3. Place the wire on the bench block and lightly hammer the ends of the wire until they are flat.

4. Using your hole punch, make holes at the end of each side you just hammered flat.

5. Grab your crystals or stones, in this case I used two lapis stones. Take your 22 gauge brass or copper wire, push through the small holes in the stones and leave about .25 inches on each end.

6. Create small loops on each end using your flat nose pliers.

7. Connect the copper piece to the lapis using your jump rings.

8. Cut about 18 inches of chain, in this case I used brass vintage.

9. Attach jump rings to the ends of the chain as well as your lobster clasp and place it on the copper/lapis pendant.

10. Voila! you just made a lapis and copper pendant necklace!

Jewelry Designer Regina Pruss

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It is a widely shared and fond memory— craft time at camp, sitting crosslegged on the floor in a circle of bunkmates, sifting through bright colors of yarn to make your very first friendship bracelet. How can one help but begin a lifelong fascination with handmade adornment after an experience like that? That’s how it started with Regina Pruss of Chain Chain Chained in Detroit.

If she’s not at a thrift store, once again sifting through odds and ends, looking for the perfect vintage pieces to add to her jewelry line, then she’s in the studio hammering copper wire, or gathering inspiration during her travels. Her most recent collection was influenced by a trip through Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

But Detroit is home. It is the time of the maker in the Motor City.

“Detroit is a great place to be an artist. The city in some sense is a blank canvas, because it’s in the process of trying to rebuild itself. As a creative person we all have a chance to define what this city is. I find that there is a lot of support from the community. The sense is that the rest of the country is rooting for Detroit. I think time and space is essential if you’re trying to be creative and we are lucky to have that in our city.” —Regina Pruss

I asked Regina what advice she’d give to her younger self if she could travel back in time. She said, “Don’t question yourself too much. You love doing this, so just keep at it.” At the end of the day, it’s about finding out what drives you and making it a part of your every day. Be it a hobby or a career, let your passion flow naturally in your life.

Regina is wearing: Carhartt Women’s El Paso Utility Jacket, & Calumet V-Neck T-Shirt, Series 1889 Slim Double Front Denim Dungaree.