Jewel Clark
metalsmith
Handmade Chains
I handmake two types of chains: fused link and "woven." Fused link chains can be traced to ancient Greece/ Troy at least. The technique involves wrapping wire around a dowel to create a tube of wire. Next the tube is cut to make the links. The cut ends of the links are placed end to end, touching, and fused back to together with a torch. Then the links are shaped and linked together. Different linking methods produce different patterns.
Woven chains are sometimes referred to as "crochet" or "Viking knit." My production technique is different from the conventional method ascribed to Viking knit so I don't call it that although the end look is relatively the same. As a fiber artist, the term crochet doesn't work for me either because the production method has nothing to do with the crochet stitch. To be specific, the end result of the technique produces a twisted knit stitch.
I use fine silver for the bodies of both types of chains and I make the end caps, jumprings and s-hooks from sterling. The chains are then tumbled for 24 hours to polish and make them supple. Woven chains can be ordered in 24 or 22g and any length although these chains look best when worn high on the neck- 16-18". Fused link chains can be ordered in 22, 20 or 18g in any length. Prices for standard sizes are listed below. Please contact me for specific pricing on custom lengths for all chains. Please allow 6-8 weeks for a woven chain.

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Woven Double Weave Necklace (22g pictured)
Sterling, fine silver
~5mm thick
Woven Double Weave Bracelet (22g pictured)
Sterling, fine silver
~5mm thick
Woven Alternate Double Weave Necklace- 22g
18K end caps and slide, fine silver, champleve enamel (black and off-white)
20.5" long ~5/16" thick


This piece is a one-of-a-kind.

Woven Alternate Double Weave Bangle- 22g
18K end cap, fine silver, champleve enamel (lime and spring green)
8.5" OD ~5/16" thick

This piece is a one-of-a-kind

Woven Alternate Double Weave Necklace- 24g
18K end caps, fine silver, champleve enamel (cream and sunset)
19.5" long ~5mm thick

This piece is a one-of-a-kind

Woven Alternate Double Weave Bangle- 24g
18K end caps, fine silver, champleve enamel (cream and sunset)
9" OD ~5mm thick

This piece is a one-of-a-kind

 

 

 

 

 

I will post images and prices for my fused link chains soon. Thank you.

 

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