Monday, June 23, 2008

Etruscan Chain- A Kick in the Pants

My Etruscan chain... So beautiful, so time consuming. After two years of looking at this chain, I don't know what to do with it. Maybe a little post about this tedious, and intimidating project will help me to finish it.

This 7 .5" fine silver bracelet took about 3 dedicated months to weave between my full time job, and school. Each jump ring was shaped, and fused by hand. Hundreds of rings- a good number melted. Hundreds of links-many which snapped, and hours of weaving, loop, after loop, after work-hardened loop. It is a masterpiece, an ancient technique replicated by my own two prematurely arthritic hands.

Now, just what the heck do I do with it?!


knitsteel said...

Isn't that always the question? You almost have to keep it, or gift it, after putting so much time into it.
It is beautiful.

Valerie A. Heck said...

I've made similar chain but just a sample piece and I don't know what to do with it either. I keep a box of inspiration/trial and error samples to dig through for ideas!