pattern for this necklace is called "Chain-mail." Its
origin dates back to medieval times. Using this same pattern, tunics
were constructed of metal. Knights wore the tunics under their suits
of armor, providing nearly impenetrable protection.
necklace and earrings are constructed from 18-gauge round
begin with a length of sterling or gold wire and wrap it tightly
around a mandrel ( a metal spindle that serves as a core
around which material can be bent).
place the wire -wound mandrel in a vise to hold it
firmly. Then, taking a jeweler's saw, I cut through the wire
down the entire length of the mandrel. Thus, numerous
individual links called " jump rings" are
the traditional chain-mail pattern in my own contemporary
designs, I pick up my pliers to begin the time-consuming task
of linking the hundreds of jump rings to create a distinct
piece of art.
final stage involves buffing in the same manner in which rocks
are polished. The finished chain is put in a tumbler
in order to make sure all areas of the metal are equally polished.