I have been wearing a couple of mine I have made this way for years. They are very durable, and I always receive compliments on them.
The inspiration for this project originally came from Encyclopedia of Craft Projects in an Afternoon, though I have heavily modified it with my own ideas and techniques.
It can even be used in the classroom, as evidenced by our very own Materials Science teacher! Here is a learning objective:
By working with different types and gauges of wire, students will better understand the properties of wire hardness and softness, as well as how to shape and harden the metal.
Step 1: Materials and Supplies
- 12-14 gauge copper, silver, aluminum, or other wire*
- 22-gauge matching or contrasting wire
- Interesting cabochon, stone, or piece of glass
- Wire cutters
- Round-nose pliers
- Ballpeen hammer
*As wdancer pointed out, don't use aluminum and copper together on this, as "copper and aluminum corrode each other pretty quickly through galvanic corrosion." If you want to use aluminum wire, use a different kind of contrasting wire, even though the instructions in the book suggest combining aluminum and copper. Little did they know, and thank goodness for the Instructables community!