by Maria Hammel
The use of platinum in jewelry has become quite popular over the years. It has also become quite expensive. There are ways, though, to achieve the platinum look without incurring the platinum price. I have a few ideas for those who want to try their hand at making their own jewelry.
If you have some scrap platinum at your disposal, first consider yourself lucky. As I said in the beginning, this is an expensive material to use for jewelry. Having the ability to use platinum to make custom jewelry is something most jewelry makers love!
The first really easy idea for making something from your scraps of platinum is to use metal cutters to cut postage size or larger pieces of the metal. Once you have the pieces cut to your preferred size, you can bang them with a hammer. This will give them a dented, wavy look. You can stop there, and have a perfectly gorgeous, perfectly original piece of jewelry that you can attach to your favorite chain (once you punch a hole in it, of course). Or you can glue a pin to the back of it and wear it on your collar or favorite jacket. There is glue specifically designed for making jewelry with metal.
To spice up the plain platinum look, you can do so many things. One idea is to use thin platinum wire to wrap around the postage size piece of platinum. To add a little pop of color, you can use copper instead of additional platinum as the wrap. Dress up the piece even more by adding small beads to the wire you used to wrap your piece of platinum. You can make anything from an art deco piece of jewelry, to something that is very plain and simple to go with your casual outfits.
You don’t need to stop at necklaces or pins to use your spare materials. You can cut small pieces, glue beads to them, and make dangling earrings. You also can cut thin strips of the platinum and use small pliers to shape them into ear cuffs that serve as funky earrings. This is a great way to be able to wear earrings if you don’t have pieced ears. It sure beats having your ears pinched all day by clip earrings!
On a very practical note, platinum is a great metal to use if you have allergies, or if someone for whom you are making the jewelry has allergies. This metal tends to cause the least amount of allergic reaction. This is a great option for those of us who, as we get older, develop sensitivities to metals or other materials used in jewelry making.
So don’t throw away any of your pieces of scrap platinum. Put them to good use by making original, economical jewelry that you can wear, or give as gifts. You might also want to pair up with a friend and share your platinum and other materials to help you create a wider selection of jewelry! Have fun going platinum!