Inheritance

s-links
Handcrafted necklace chain. Glass beads.

My niece had a stash of some really lovely beads. Since she no longer have the time to make anything with them, she gave them all to me. These are just a few of the rather extensive collection she had. Again I am testing out the s-links. I want to see how they hold up over time.

Kumihimo

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Kumihimo necklace

One of the many techniques I have tried, is the traditional japanese braiding one called Kumihimo. I ended up with a finished piece just a bit short as a necklace, so I added some hammered s-links made of 20 ga wire. It turned out quite nicely, and I like the combination of the braid and the wire-work.  Think I will have to try out something else with those two, when my skills are on a higher level.

The beginning

I started making jewelry for myself, after I bough a couple of necklaces on the norwegian equivalent of Etsy. I was so dissapointed when I received the items. They were not at all how I had envisioned them to be from the photos I had seen. And I was struck how easy they were to make. Neither necklace was expensive, but it was no more work then to apply a small focal to a premade chain with clasp. I can do this I thought to myself. So I did.

I like to see where the real craft is visible  in any piece I make now, which is why I am constantly learning new techniques and trying to hone them. Not only in applying beads on a string, but that it involves at least a tiny bit of skill. Often struggling, seldom satisfied Рbut in this hobby the journey is truly the most important part of it.