Greetings, everyone, and thanks for stopping by to read my latest blog! When last we met, I was talking about my plans for adding texture and shape and improving my general silversmithing techniques. You know what they say about making an omelette, right? That you've got to break a few eggs to make one. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I broke the whole chicken this week, but was able to salvage at least part of it. Don't worry, though, I also learned a few things, and made another proof-of-concept piece that was more successful.
I was looking over my old blog posts and realized I never even once mentioned the men's chain maille bracelet I was working on. Oh, it was going to be glorious! I was going to make a clasp with a small turquoise setting, and fuse argentium links to make a chainmaille bracelet, and all this other stuff, and it was going to be fabulous. That was my plan, anyway. This was back in February. This chainmaille piece was a proof-of-concept piece, because I had never made chainmaille before, and I had never made that style of clasp before, and all that other good stuff. I figured it would be a learning experience. The pictures below will prove that yes, indeed it was!
As you can see from the previous slideshow, that proof-of-concept piece was very educational, indeed!
Another proof-of-concept piece that accidentally turned out well is the sterling silver version of that argentium piece I mucked up earlier. I must say, sterling and fine silver are more cooperative, but soldering is tedious. Someday I will get the hand of it. Anyway, below is the process and the result. Enjoy!
I like this one so much, I'm going to do a single strand variation with a slightly smaller cabochon. I'm also working on a smaller version with granulation instead of swirls. I'm sure hilarity will ensue. Or damage. Probably both! I'm looking forward to experimenting more with shape and texture in the coming months. If you're interested in purchasing this bracelet, the cost is $150 plus applicable shipping and tax. I haven't listed it on Etsy yet, so you might want to drop me a line to call dibs on it. Ooooooh! Speaking of which....
After a year and one month of trying, I FINALLY got my first Etsy sale! I'm not going to tell you what sold, in case the lucky recipient is reading this, but somewhere out there is an oboist who will be receiving a nice surprise under the Christmas tree very soon! Just remember, if you want something from my Etsy store delivered in time for Christmas, be sure to order by Sunday, December 17. Otherwise, there is no guarantee that it will make it. That's all the news that's fit to print! Be sure to tune in next time!