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June 16th, 2007

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09:59 pm
I have also been working on fusing more rings for my elaborate broad loop-in-loop necklace. I now have about 230 of the ~300 I need of the final size and gauge. So close! I can fuse 21 per iteration on my charcoal block, and at least a couple usually fail (these are rather large rings in 24 ga (0.5mm) wire, so it's a tricky fusing job), and I've done 2 blocks worth, so I'm thinking 2-3 more blocks worth and I'll have them done.

Then I get to shape all 1500 or so links, then start weaving/knitting the chain...

I'm still contemplating the closure for this, both how to make it, and whether to make it the focal point of the necklace.

Naturally, since I am nearing a milestone for this necklace, I am thinking about the next one. I believe it shall be a pinched-loop chain (an ancient style made by the Greeks and Romans), with my fluted carnelian beads with a vermeil flat bead on either side. These carnelian beads really want to be used in a gold necklace... but my budget does not agree with this preference, and I think surrounding them with gold will be acceptable. And I will have some left of the strand, in any case. My concern right now is that the directions specify using 24ga. (0.5mm) fine silver wire to hold the beads, and I really do not believe that's strong enough. I'd be hesitant to use that gauge in sterling, even. So I'm hoping that 22 ga. will go through the holes in the beads, because that seems far more sensible to me.

I'm thinking of doing a variant of the chain in the book, too. I really like the planished links one variant has; perhaps I will have the chain between beads be 3 links long, and planish both sides of the center link. That might be cool...
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