Making a fantasy viking necklacesteemCreated with Sketch.

in #jewelry3 years ago

Hi. Its been a while since I posted last time. I have been really busy trying to keep up with my 2.5 jobs, spending time with family and friends and getting ready for even more crazy projects. I even managed to squeese in an easter vacation in Wienna with the family.
The good thing is that now I have, lots and lots of content to post here, so unless life happens, I will be posting them here in the coming days and weeks.
I want to start with the project that I teased in my previous post about casting. It was a Necklace with a Viking theme, but not a historical viking theme, more like a fantasy version of vikings, as depicted in films and computer games.
The first problem was getting a sufficiently beefy chain. I tried ordering a ready-made chain but it turned out it is nigh impossible to get such a thick chain. Thus, i decided to make one myself
I chose to make a Kings Braid. It looks nice, was one of the types the customer had accepted and is not too hard to make. It does take alot of time though, so theres that.
It is a lot like knitting i think. every single link is put on by hand slowly building up the chain. Sometimes each link is soldered, but I decided to let them be open. first is is more safe since in the event of something catching the chain, the link can open and thus prevent the person wearing it being strangled, secondly it is a lot faster and I was working on a budget since my customer was a young girl without a lot of money, who wanted to give her boyfriend something special for his 18th birthday.
The casting of the ends I have shown in this post So I wont repeat it here. suffice to say that it was very interesting and somethig quite new for me.
the lock was made by hand. I made a ring, carefully cut out a section, then soldered and riveted the part back in so that it formed a simple carabiner, like the ones used for mountain climbing only much smaller. It was a hell of a lot of work but I think making the lock part of the piece was a good choice. That way it is also possible to add e.g. a thors hammer to the front (which incidentally was the idea from the beginning) .
Then i polished and cleaned the necklace. I cnc'ed a piece of raw wood to use as the box similar to what I have done with my knives, and off it went to the customer.
I have heard from both the girl , and the lucky recipient of this gift that they are happy with the result. Next time though , i will have to charge at least twice the amount , so hopefully my big heart doesnt turn traitor on me again :-)

until next time

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Wow that is really a great piece
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It is a beautiful piece and I admire its design and congratulate you on the hard work. I like the heart warming reason you made it.
I love designing and making things too.....usually clothes.

thanks. my materials are quite diverse but i must admit I have done very little clothes.

I think people who create.....whatever is their passion.........have something in common. I get a really warm good feeling inside when people produce something they have enjoyed doing.
You obviously enjoyed making the necklace.

Spectacular result from all your hard work! Wow! I don't have anywhere near the amount of patience required to make something that intricate, let alone the skill. And you have a CNC machine? Lucky you! That's a whole skill set of its own!

thanks. Yep, my cnc is my newest and best toy atm. I expect to post some of my pure cnc projects as well here on steem

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