I am still trudging along with this boot camp and spent lots of time on Pinterest and such, looking for inspiration. I found tons of necklaces using silk, with a slider-style bail. I have never made one of these bails before, so thought I thought I would try my hand at making one. This technique involved setting a tube rivet. While I have set commercially made rivets and/or tube rivets in the past, this time I tried cutting my own rivets from copper tubing and using tools I have on hand.
I could not believe it worked! I used a variety of dapping tools and the ball-peen end of my goldsmith hammer, as well as my embossing hammer to set the rivet. I felt I was on a roll and if I did not repeat the process soon, I would forget how I did it, so I made a bunch. The picture below is of the bails prior to adding a patina.
Still working with my stash of silk from Marsha (source), I selected a lovely lampwork focal from Susan Kennedy (source) and was so happy that the silk matched perfectly!
I am still playing around with PMC and recently made a batch of beads made from copper tubing to which I fired on some textured strips of silver clay. Most of these beads had tiny little discs soldered to the top, but I left the tops off of a few of them for this very reason.
These copper tube beads are held in place by knotting this silk.
I knotted the silk to the simple copper clasp - which I soldered closed for strength. Oh, the drape of the necklace is divine!
I made a second, similar styled necklace, this time featuring a gorgeous lampwork flower bead by Donna Millard (source).
The two strands of silk blend so beautifully with the colors of Donna's lampwork.
This necklace is a bit longer than the first one (I STILL hate photographing necklaces).
In all honesty, I am not loving the two copper tube beads in this necklace and will probably be re-working this design. The silk in this second necklace is a bit thinner than the silk in the first necklace - it's looking a bit chunky to me....but, you get the idea.
This fiber boot camp has been such a learning experience for me and taught me to "never say never". I NEVER thought I would be able to incorporate these silks amongst all of my heavy-metal jewelry...next thing you know, I will be working with seed beads...(NO...that I cannot do)!
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