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Old 2005-08-11, 10:17am
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Nicoleís Copper Cutout Tutorial

I started making beads with copper in them after seeing the technique in Cindy Jenkinsís ĎMaking Glass Beadsí. The copper turns such a nice shade of red when encased with clear glass. Itís just begs for creative play! When I was at Pilchuck I bought some sheets of copper foil. They had it in huge rolls, I was in heaven. Then I stumbled across some very cool paper punches at Paper-Ya in Vancouver. Bingo!! The two were meant to be together!

Special Tools & Materials Needed

∑ Copper Foil
∑ Craft Punches (small or mini size)
∑ Hot Plate to preheat the copper cut out
∑ Marver
∑ Tweezers

1. Prepare you cutouts by punching out shapes from the copper foil.

2. Preheat these cutouts on your hotplate. They will turn black in the heat. Donít worry it will turn back to red after it cools.

3. Make a basic bead; get the spot where you want to place the cutout very hot. It should have a bright red glow.

4. Pick up the cutout with the tweezes and gently brush it in the flame and immediately press it onto the bead. Marver down the cutout as fast as possible. Heat and speed are both necessary to get the copper to stick.

5. Encase your bead with transparent glass. Different colours will give the copper a different shade.


Tips:

Take care not to overheat the copper in the flame as you can easily melt off the details. Store bought punches can get a bit repetitive. Try drawing your own designs on to the foil and cutting out unique shapes. A bit of repousse can add dimension and depth to your designs. Or use leather or jewelry embossing tools. So much can be done with this technique. Play and have fun!

PS

You can buy copper foil where ever fusing supplies are sold.
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Old 2005-08-11, 10:24am
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cool. thank you very much.
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Old 2005-08-11, 10:30pm
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Nicole, look at that swarm of butterflies. SO pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 2005-08-12, 5:22am
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Ooooh Nicole. This is wonderful! As I mentioned to you, I saw these magnificent beads online several weeks ago and wondered how they were made. You're so kind to give us a tutorial. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

This is definitely a 5-star thread!

I hope you like the little extra I sent you.
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Old 2005-08-12, 6:15pm
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Gee folks, you say the nicest things. I hope you will be tying out the copper and posting some of your own creations. Love to see what you can make!

I have a Square Tabular Bead tutorial too. Iíll try and find some time to put that up next week. No presses involved, just a pair of mashers.
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Old 2007-06-21, 1:31pm
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What/which foil did you use?
ive tried this tut with craft punches, but my foil is far to thin its like punching out tissue paper!?
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Old 2007-06-21, 1:48pm
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Sandwich your thin foil between two sheets of paper, then punch them. That should eliminate the tearing.
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Old 2007-06-21, 3:21pm
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Oh cool will try it
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The tip worked chuckie

for the toot all i get is a grey colour on a base of black, and green on a base of white ;(
mines nothing like the toot pic, what am i doing wrong?

BTW i cant heat the copper on a hotplate i dont have one, is it nessecary to warm it first?
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Angie, I think that you need to encase the copper immediately after applying it to the hot bead. If you put the bead with copper into the flame before encasing, it turns dark.
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The tip worked chuckie

for the toot all i get is a grey colour on a base of black, and green on a base of white ;(
mines nothing like the toot pic, what am i doing wrong?

BTW i cant heat the copper on a hotplate i dont have one, is it nessecary to warm it first?
Sounds like your copper might be too thin. The real thin stuff that has to be cut in between paper to keep from tearing is most likely too thin to use this way. You need something thicker - it will be more like thick aluminum foil.
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Sounds like your copper might be too thin. The real thin stuff that has to be cut in between paper to keep from tearing is most likely too thin to use this way. You need something thicker - it will be more like thick aluminum foil.
any ideas where i can get thicker copper?
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Angie--

I've found thicker copper foil at Hobby Lobby (big craft store, like Michaels...it's a regional thing though) in their embossing department. I found a roll of it in a plastic tube (about 10" long I'd say) for relatively cheap.

Michael's might have it, too. Check around the scrapbooking/cardmaking areas, and maybe they have an embossing/leather section, too.

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Michael's has rolls of copper and I think it's the same thing. I've used it to punch out shapes for glass fusing. Never thought of putting them into beads! Cool!
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I have copper shim, would that be too thick to use.?
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This is so funny. I'm actually going to tape a video of this technique this morning.
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