Monday, June 9, 2008

Linking Past and Future

Chaining Links

This is the results from several days of trying to make fine silver fused links. The silver is not sterling, it's mainly all silver metal (.999) and the melting temperature is lower than sterling silver.

The left side is the necklace with dyed costume pearls and glass beads in the chain that have oversized rosary hammered connections, and the five oval links in the center were all fused from wire using the torch, patinaed and tumbled to give them that nice worn look.

The links on the right are a bracelet with small round and large oval links, all hammered and fused together, patinaed and tumbled to clean them. The bracelet is hanging from the toggle end, the small oblong shaped loop is the other part of the clasp. The close up of the links shows the texture from hammering them after fusing closed.

Like the handmade, rough look of the links. Not trying for a perfect, machine made chain. Wanted something worn, looking wrought in the forge, ancient.

The tumbling hardens the silver and gives strength to the links. They are fused closed to each other, only the toggle end is attached with smaller chain that can be opened.

Really like the way they turned out.

Now, handmade chain and links will be a possibility to use with the handmade beads and fused glass, in the jewelry designs. And the brass boxes and etched glass constructions can be hung from these oversized and time-worn looking chains.

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