Chains

I’m going through a chain phase – don’t seem to be able to stop making them!

I’ve been experimenting with different materials – niobium and titanium, both of which are very light and neither of which tarnish.

Titanium wire has the added advantage of being inexpensive and readily available, whereas the niobium costs a little more than silver and is quite difficult to source.

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Pentagon / Bar Chain in Titanium

 

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Niobium Pentagonal Chain

It’s hard to see in the photos, but the titanium is less shiny, more grey than silver and has a hint of yellowness, whereas the niobium is a darker grey – reminds me of silver treated with liver of sulphur.

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First attempt at sgraffito

I’ve been playing at torch firing enamel too.  This is my first attempt at sgraffito – which wasn’t really worthy of turning into a necklace – but it would have sat on the bench for ever otherwise and it doesn’t take very long to make up a few copper links.

English Oak Wood Necklace

My sister snaffled the Jungle Berry Necklace – so I’ve made one inspired by the English Oak in sterling, mookaite and chalcopyrite – I didn’t intentionally go for the autumnal colours – but they’re all in there – which makes me feel a little sad…

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English Oak Necklace

I’ve tumble polished and patinated this one with Liver of Sulphur.  Here’s what it looked like before tumbling and patinating:

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And this is it covered in Liver of Sulphur – before being put back into the tumbler to polish it off the raised areas to give it a bit more ‘visual depth’:

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I’d never heard of chalcopyrite before (the green beads) – but apparently it’s the rock most of our copper comes from.