GEMSTONE BEAD JEWELRY
Semiprecious stones; some have ceramic or gemstone pendants
Further experimentation with wire rings. The ends of the wire were melted into balls using a torch, and some were extended to clasp tumbled stones. With no soldering, these rings are flexible and comfortable, as well as quick and easy to make. The downside - the ends can catch on clothing, and the stones can come out, so they're best limited to party wear.
More fooling around with wire! The spiny necklace is made of forged 12-gauge fine silver wire, and incorporates the sterling and monokaite pendant shown above.
The "Celtic" cuff bracelet is made of 10-gauge fine silver wire, with a transparent green stone set in sterling silver.
The stone for the pendant at right is not quite rectangular and not quite flat-backed, so could not be successfully bezel set, but prongs work OK.
From a 2-day chain-making workshop at Scintillant Studio, August 2009, with David Casella as instructor.
My loop-in-loop chain bracelet and samples are crafted from fused links of fine silver. Learning to fuse the delicate wire was a big challenge - but fusing is an amazing process. It's exciting to see the metal suddenly melt and run together!