This is a post about the materials/construction of the bling-y-est necklace that was every blinged. To see all of them, follow the "Blingy Necklace" tag at the bottom of this post.
First, every chain mail necklace needs jump rings. A lot of jump rings. Close to 500 of them. I am making them all by hand (ie, wrapping the wire around a dowel, cutting the coils). I think I had 281 of them at the last count.
I bought four different kinds of chain. Three of them are pictured here and the other is a ball chain, which came in a package and is not very interesting to photograph. Unlike the chain you can get at a fabric store (or at least the chain that I got at the fabric store), these are actually metal -- I got them at OSH, which was one of the few times that OSH has worked better for me than Lowes.
The charms are triangles cut from sterling silver sheet metal. I used a thicker gauge than I normally do when I make jewelry because I do not want these to bend. I will texture them with stamps later and then darken/polish them to bring out the texture.
|It's hard to saw and take pictures at the same time! I used a scrap piece of silver sheet...|
I soldered jump rings to the triangles to complete their transformation into charms. I hoped that I could make the entire necklace without soldering once, but that was not to be.