I’ve hammered a length of copper wire for my necklace. I used 16 gauge because that was what I found quickly, but I’d be much happier in the future with 12-14 gauge wire. I believe I’d also like to add a decorative copper swirl of some kind to attach the pendant to the necklace. I might even locate the closure for the necklace at the bottom rather than on one side. That way the swirl for the pendant could be part of the necklace itself.
I’ll try another necklace, pendant and more earrings before going to the sterling silver version.