In the meantime, several of my friends who wear more gold jewelry than silver were encouraging me to consider adding some gold items to my line. So, I kept my eye on the price of gold for a couple months until I saw that it was dropping and decided to make the commitment. Still considering the final cost of a piece, I made the decision to combine 14k gold filled rings with the sterling silver for now, rather than go with 100% gold, and I am pleased with the results.
Since I was creating a new and exciting combo piece, I thought I would share a little bit of the process of chain maille, so sit back and watch how I got from piles of jump rings to a finished necklace.
The next step is the one I like the least, which is opening all the hundreds of jumps rings in preparation for actually creating the finished piece. This is a tedious task, but one that has to be done. It is much more efficient to open all the rings at one time rather than stop and start as rings are needed.
I have now begun the weave. I will get it to the length I want before adding the extender chain and clasp. You may notice as you visit my website that I almost always put a 3" extender chain on my necklaces. This allows my clients the most flexibility based on the neckline of the outfit that is being accessorized. I know I always appreciate it.
And, here is the finished piece!!
It is off to the tumbler to give it a nice clean, shiny finish, and it will soon appear on my website, ready for purchase.
Being the matchy-matchy personality that I am, I also created earrings to match. I hope you have enjoyed this step-by-step description of how I get from start to finish. Feedback is always appreciated!!