It has been a busy summer. At least it feels like I have been busy all the time. One of the things I have focused on during this well deserved vacation , is playing with metal and combinations. One of the simpler results of that , is these lightweight textured and domed discs. They look great on everybody. In these I have textured using both the rolling mill, and some new hammers I got but have not had the chance to use until now. In addition I have used steel wool. As all my pieces, these have had their time in the tumbler as well.
A few years back I was visiting Copenhagen. Work related, so I did not have so much time for myself, but enough to visit Glyptoteket.
There I was drawn to some glass beads they had got made that was copies of beads they had in their collection. I bought a few with me, and have contemplated how to use them since. You know how it is like when you have been thinking on something for a long time, not always consciously. Suddenly the solution just stands before you, and you wonder why it took so long.
This week it dawned on me that I had to use the kumihimo braid as a cord. Bronze seemed like a time-appropriate choice of wire, and I tried to make it look authentic by wrapping it rather rough around a mandrel, then slipping the wrap onto the cord. I am very happy with the result. Even though all parts in the necklace are of this century, it just has this historical reference. I like it very much.
I have just finished a custom order where she wanted a smaller version than this necklace I have for sale over at Storeenvy. I have also written about it on my blog before. She wanted the link to be smaller in width, so I tried with another mandrel. The shape still needed to be big enough for me to work with. This was a good opportunity for me to show the process in making this necklace, so I took pictures of most of the steps needed.
The finished necklace then needs a few hours in the tumbler. The result is a lovely finish, and smooth links. It also removes most of the tool marks I have left on the bronze.
She wanted the necklace to be 95 cm, so it was quite a few links I needed to make. The bronze gives such a luxury look, without being too expensive.
As I wrote in an earlier post, I have gradually learned to love glass beads as elements that adds quality and colour. Not just any glass beads though. Not “Made in China” even though so many are. If you have stared into the depths of Venetian Glass, you know what I mean.
I have had this glass heart for quite some time, wondering what to do with it. A Murano glass line inspired by Gustav Klimt. After some pondering I decided it needed to stand alone, just accentuated with a hand crafted chain. I love my hand crafted chains. I enjoy the meticulous work involved in making these. This one is inspired by the old money chains, where you could remove one link and barter for items. Of course, back then the metal was a more valuable one than the bronze wire I have used here.
It is made as a long Y – necklace, measuring 79 cm in total. The tip of the Y is a traditional 2 in 1 chainmaille chain made of jumprings.
The sun was shining bright today. I just grabbed everything and went outside on the grass. Of course, with the sun as my main light source – there is bound to be some strong shadows. Maybe I need to retake the photo. Hmm..
The necklace is made out of 28 handmade links, joined together by jumprings. The size of the bronze wire is of the more bigger variety. If you want to wear this you cannot be shy. It`s bold and beatiful, and shiny. Each link is hammered slightly to give it some sparkle and shine. I love it, and I will make one just for me as well.