Continuing on with my copper obsession, I’ve been updating some of the items in our newly redesigned (!!!) office space with some copper spray paint. I can’t wait to share the final redesign in about a month!
I spent some time going through our office closet to purge some supplies or find ways to use items I hadn’t touched in a while. That included my supply of copper refrigerator pipe. Thinking of ways to use it, I decided it would be perfect for making a necklace with different layers of pipe.
It turned out to be a very quick project, and I was really happy with the outcome! Honestly, the hardest part of this DIY is just waiting for the glue to dry. To make it as easy as possible, I recommend using a pipe cutter like this one to cut the refrigerator pipe. It makes it SO much easier and it keeps the ends clean.
- Copper refrigerator pipe
- Pipe cutter
- 3 1/2 feet string
- E6000 glue (or equivalent)
- Necklace clasp
- 2 jump rings
- 2 cord ends
- Round nose pliers
Cut the refrigerator pipe into five 1 1/2-inch pieces. To keep each pipe the same size, I recommend marking each 1 1/2 inch with a dot of ink before cutting. If the ends are jagged, sand them down until smooth, but they should be smooth if you use a pipe cutter.
Cut the string string to about 3 1/2 feet. It’s better to overestimate the length.
Thread the first piece of pipe onto the string so that it’s approximately in the middle. Thread the next piece onto one side, and then thread the other side of the string through the same piece of pipe. Repeat with all pieces of pipe. You should now have five layered pieces of pipe that sit right on top of each other.
Using you round nose pliers, add jump rings to each cord end, and attach the clasp to one jump ring.
Trim the string again to your desired necklace length and glue the ends of the string to the cord ends. Because the string will probably be thinner than the cord ends, you may need to fold the end of the string to fit more snuggly into the metal piece. Allow to dry completely before wearing.
It holds up pretty well as long as the glue dried completely, and if the copper dulls, you can shine it up with a good cleanser. If you’re as obsessed with copper pipe as I am, you can also check out my copper pipe bracelet and copper pipe magazine rack.