I love making my own chains. I have been hovered over images of ancient jewelry for hours, checking out the techniques used. I love how I can find ideas and inspiration in something created and used thousands of years ago. I love the flow of the wire, and the feeling that I am really creating something that is handmade by me. I am always checking out new ways of making chains.
However, using a handmade chain defines the style very much . Forget tiny and dainty, that requires tool I do not have. If I think a piece requires a more dainty chain I need to use a fabricated one.
The problem for me then becomes : In what way can I now state that what I have made is handmade? A chain is such a large part of a necklace. I know many do call the hand-assembling in such a case for handmade. I would like to be upfront about it so I call it ->designed and assembled.
There is still this need to actually give people something real. After all , it was this terrible disappointment that made me start creating jewelry in the first place. When I realized what I had bought as handmade was indeed not handmade. So, perhaps I make the clasp, or the pendant in a neat wire wrap. I do however feel a need to create more dainty things in the coming months. I have to find my way of adding that handmade touch for sure.