August 1st, 2009

anvil, ring

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I've been spending a lot of time in the studio this week, what with the new dog and the air conditioning therein- but I just realized I haven't posted much about it.

I am pleased that I just finished- as in, completely DONE- one of the 2 top-of-the-list but somewhat tricky commissions. I hope to make excellent progress on the other tomorrow; it's nearing the end, but I need to do more pre-polish work, and then start setting all the stones.

Meanwhile, I did OK on a bunch of scent lockets, some of which are commissions. Naturally, given the way the world works, the one that didn't turn out after the first soldering was one of the commission ones, so I have to re-start it tomorrow. Still, progress- and I didn't solder any of the pivots to the back of the lockets, so that's a win- that's the trickiest part of the assembly of the things.

Next up: forging out a variety of different metals for more Mobius rings. I'm looking forward to that- hitting stuff's always fun!
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anvil, ring

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Oooo!

My new issue of "Art Jewelry" (one of my 2 favorite jewelry magazines) has an article on tapered Viking knit chain!

The inspiration was apparently the tapered loop-in-loop chain that I still have a passionate desire to make... but they cited 60 hours for it (which I think is not realistic for a bracelet, though I could be wrong), and were looking for something faster.

Oddly, I have never yet actually done "Viking knit" chain. Oddly, because I am ethnically part Viking and so have a fascination for such stuff- I have made and wear several apron dresses, for example; I just haven't gotten around to the "Viking knit" chain. (I have done a more conventional knit chain on a metal version of those "knitting nancy's" they make for kids, and one of these days I will finish it; it's not a huge priority because 1. it's jsut for me, and 2. I've misplaced it. :P )

Which "Viking knit" chain is, technically, naalbinding. Just so you know.

I am enticed by this project, though, and would love to give it a go when I have world enough and time.
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