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Copper is a wonderful and almost living metal that can make amazing jewelry. Not only beautiful, copper jewelry is often worn by people suffering from arthritis because it is considered a pain-reliever. Allegedly, the copper is absorbed by the skin and has pain relief properties. This trace copper absorption is also considered by athletes as a sports performance enhancer. Some people also believe copper beads soothe and conduct healing energies. When you re ready to try your hand at making copper jewelry, remember that copper is a soft metal and can be easily drilled, so you can make a hole in a pendant or piece for use with a bail. You can also wrap solid copper nuggets with silver or copper wire to make an unusual bead, necklace or pendant. When considering what to use when stringing your piece, consider using black or permanently colored copper wire. You can also find copper clasps and findings to complete your copper piece.