While at a hardware store I came across some wire rope that I thought was an interesting material and thought I could create jewelry with it.
I got 10 feet of 1/16 inch size wire rope at 26 cents a foot to experiment with. Regular cutters didn’t work on this wire rope, so I had to get special wire rope cutters (which weren’t particularly cheap), but they cut through the wire rope easily.
- Wire rope
- Wire rope cutters (and any protective gear, i.e. goggles, gloves)
- Crimp ends
- Super glue
- Jump rings
— 1 —
Cut the desired length of the wire rope with the wire rope cutters.
Apply some glue to the crimp end and place the wire rope end on top.
— 3 —
With pliers, crimp the end down.
— 4 —
Repeat Step 2–3 on the other wire rope end.
— 5 —
Add a pendent if desired.
Add a clasp. Wire Rope Necklace complete.
The wire rope is fairly stiff and retains its circular shape; since the material is rather light, adding a pendant helps to weigh the wire rope down.