Monday, February 22, 2010

Chaining Linking

I've been thinking a lot about fused silver links.

I love the way they look, the lightness of them and the hand-crafted quality to them, not like manufactured chain. I've been making notes in my little portable journal as ideas come to me.

I'm playing with fine silver wire to make the links. That's almost pure silver, not like sterling silver that's an alloy, these are 99.9% pure silver. Just for fun, I decided to twist the fine wire before forging the links shut.

I didn't know if they would fuse properly, but I wanted to give it a try.

I made these two short lengths, with two twisted wire links and one hammered and textured link.

I think they're really pretty. I decided not to put liver of sulphur on these two three-link sets, because they are so pretty just the way they are. Maybe later I'll patina some too, to make the twists show up even more.

I put them in the Etsy shop, they are really nice with the pewter, I could see them used for a pair of unusual earrings. Or on a bracelet with a focal bead in the center.

Or maybe with a pair of hearts hanging from them, as long ornamental dangly earrings.

I need to make some more pretty quickly and play with them...


jacquio said...

I love, love, these.

SueBeads said...

I love them too Lynn! Make more, make more!

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

Thanks, I can't stop carrying them around and looking at them, they're so pretty. Is that immodest? They really ARE pretty, even if I fused them, I can still say "this is pretty" can't I?

jacquio said...

I don't think it's possible to create beautiful things, which you do, if you don't LOVE them yourself!

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

Jacqui, so wise!