Where do you find your copper?

I initially began to look in traditional places, bead shops, the jewelry district in downtown Los Angeles and online sites.beads

The items I found were very basic, out of date looking, and not exciting (mostly beads), copper plated items, chains that were not soldered and were structurally weak. The Native American culture utilizes copper however, only finished jewelry is available.broken chain

 

 

Thus I drew my conclusion, if I wanted to use copper in jewelry, I would have to make my own artwork from raw materials.