Wednesday, 25 February 2009

My Melissa chain

It was Vanessa's (my sister) 40th birthday on the 13.I wanted to make her something special. I decided to try a new technique. I have always admired Melissas chain which has just been published in Art Jewelry magazine so that was my obvious choice.

So I made some fine silver wire and a few links I made a small sample to see how it went. I decided that I dont like fine silver - it seems so soft. I got so frustrated with trying to ball the end of the sticks - It wouldnt ball unless I placed a piece of wood behind the work and then everything fused together. Eventually I managed to get it right but the fine silver was so soft that the pin came out anyway. I saw that Melissa pushes the jumpring closed afterwards to lock it in place. So I decided to try fusing both ends of the pins before assembling the bracelet. It worked! Yay. So I switched to sterling silver and balled first and here is my result. Thanks Melissa!
Here is a link to the wall paper of Melissa's chain


Swati Nigam said...

Yayy!! YOu made this! I still haven't dared to make one. Its lovely!!

Swati Nigam said...

Also..I forgot to add, Art Jewelry magazine has made a computer wallpaper from her chain. Check it out at

Melissa said...

awwwww, thanks Nikki! It is always fun to hear how different people approach the project. Sorry it was being difficult.

Your piece turned out fantastic, by the way. I am glad you gave it a try.


Nikki said...

Thanks Swati - I did see the wallpaper - Its beautiful.
Melissa its not your fault it gave me a hard time I should have persevered and actually learnt a new skill.By the way your article was very well written and so easy to understand.

Swati Nigam said...

Nikki, you are tagged :-). See for details.

Swati Nigam said...

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