|Sterling Silver Web Pendant (smaller size)|
When I was in college, I had a friend who had a fabulous chain maille bracelet. It was a stainless steel, dragons weave, endless loop and I coveted it. I wore it for a while, but sadly she wanted it back. I found a book about chain making called Great Wire Jewelry by Irene From Petersen and I was hooked! I cut out thousands of jump rings and crafted them into bracelets like this one:
|Sterling Silver Queen Chainmaille|
Then I was amazed to find that I could buy long strands of gemstone beads. All the pretty colors and shapes and sizes! Another love was born! I could use the same wire I was using to make my chain maille to make chains of beautiful gemstone beads like this necklace.
|Amazonite Harlequin Faceted Nugget Necklace|
More recently I’ve been fascinated with metalworking techniques. A couple of years ago I took some fabulous jewelry classes at our local Arts Center. I learned so much fun stuff and started using those skills in my work. I learned riveting that I use in this ring.
|Riveted Copper Ring With Blue Raku Spinner Bead|
I learned chasing and repousse which is basically pushing the metal around from the front and back of a piece to make it three dimensional. I used these techniques to make this pendant:
|Handmade Copper Bird Pendant|
This has been my jewelry making journey up to now. I hope to keep learning and have fun adding to my skills.
Thank you for reading!