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Do I Have to Tumble Copper Charms?

I'm new and I am making copper hand built charms for necklaces and bracelets.


Do I need to tumble them to harden? Currently I'm using 22 gauge sheet copper to cut and form charms.

Also...Do you have a suggestion for where to purchase sheet metal?

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Do I have to tumble charms to harden them?
by: Christine

If you mean by "handbuilt" that you are sawing shapes out o copper sheet, as long as they are very small, I don't think you need to tumble your charms to harden them. Hardening is only necessary if you think the charms are in danger of being bent out of shape in some way.

If you mean by "handbuilt" that you are making them out of wire, then hardening them somehow is definitely a good idea.

You can harden them in a tumbler with some steel shot. That would give them a nice shine as well.

If they are flat you can work harden them without a tumbler by giving them some whacks with a rubber mallet or rawhide hammer.

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