I had this idea on Friday, and made a sketch at work.
This is supposed to be a necklace. Some of the links are made of sterling wire that I will fuse. Some of them are these great new beads I bought - they are ceramic beads dipped in sterling silver. Hand made in Mykonos. Very shiny.
I have the heavy gauge wire that will make the fused links, so I began that work on Saturday afternoon.
I started by making these loops of different sizes, filing the ends so they would fit together nicely. As I began building the design, I discovered that I needed to simplify it a bit, so I didn't make as many links as I had drawn.
This is the simplified design.
I find it makes things easier if I take a picture to remind myself what I had planned on doing.
Here are the fused rings, filed and positioned. Just waiting now, for the finer gauge wire to show up so I can finish this...
In the meantime,
These are also on my work surface, awaiting wire or my attention, or both.
The cloud is sterling, and I definitely want to wait for the sterling wire to finish it.
The pearl/crystal/peachy chalcedony piece, however, is wired with silver plated wire. I have bunches of that.
This piece was just happy serendipity. The "curls" were mistakes - sometimes the wire curls up on itself instead of fusing. I'm getting better at using a torch, but I still make mistakes. However, when the three curls were placed together and fused, no mistakes were made and this cloud shape emerged.
I will wait for the sterling wire to finish this piece, too.