What does a jeweler want to make more than anything?? (In my case, at least :) ) The answer would be: a 22k gold handwoven chain.
I’ve made chains in fine silver before and I love the process: the flexibility of the metal, the involvement in every step of the way, from making the rings to the weaving. And the end result is a truly timeless piece.
I had only dreamed of maybe one day making one in gold. But I didn’t have to dream for too long, and it was wonderful, just as I thought!
As enjoyable as it was to make, this bracelet was also STRESSFUL! The price of the gold alone adds a tension factor since making a mistake in your initial estimate (as I did, of course) might cost you hundreds of dollars in extra material, changing the estimate altogether. This is not even a factor with silver. That’s the difference between $50 versus 90 cents a gram, yikes!
Here’s a few photos from the process. [Not pictured: me sweating profusely and freaking out that I wouldn’t finish on time.]
I’ve been slowly adding items to my shop. Turns out I have a ton of jewelry patiently waiting to be listed! Here’s a peek:
And in other news, I started collaborating with my friends Alfredo and Paco, who organize the interdisciplinary design festival FID here in Costa Rica [if you’re into design of any kind, look into it! The past guests have been amazing, and the ones to come are awesome too]. We are working together on their blog, to hopefully reach out to the design community in Costa Rica and other (spanish speaking) countries in between events. There’s a lot of information floating out there, and not too many virtual venues in this region that filter and share it. We want to promote central and south american designers and makers as well, so if you have any suggestions we’d love to hear them, as well as design from everywhere else.
Here’s a screenshot of how it looks for the moment. Take a few minutes and browse if you like :)
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I took some photos of my Amuletos collection. I like the contrast of the bright colors against the grey background. I used to take pictures on white only, and now I’m rethinking it.
And also there’s some new photos of previously sadly ignored Atenea neckpieces. They look quite nice right (for a non pro)?
There’s still a box of unphotographed items, but I’m making progress. I’ve been trying to take pictures and price all my pieces that for one reason or another (read: I hate setting prices, so I ignore them until I can’t anymore) have been left behind.
I found I have a few of older rings and things lying around that I might put in my store under a ‘sample sale’ category, sort of a cleansing sale. These pieces need a home, they’re all sad inside a box. I’ll keep you posted!
I haven’t been too constant posting here, but I always take pictures when I work.Some of these I’ve shared through Instagram (@jimenab).
Here’s a couple weeks’ worth of images of what I’ve been doing. Hope you enjoy.
1. coils for jump rings – 2. cutting solder – 3. etsy order packaged – 4. coconut water on a sick day – 5. scrap gold to make a friend’s wedding bands, in the crucible – 6. big torch melting the gold – 7. etsy orders and gold ingot – 8. start for woven chains – 9. tomato soup
1. chain test – 2. the pieces and the chain – 3. pulling the chain to even out the shape – 4. fusing fine silver jump rings – 5. more fusing – 6. still more fusing, and how the chain should look when finished – 7. about 500 jump rings in peanut form – 8. beaded necklaces for wholesale order – 9. new brass stacking rings for the shop
I’ve had these almost ready to post for a few days… And now here they are finally! They’re very unique, as is the whole Nugget collection. Every ‘pebble’ is one of a kind, and they’re comfortable to use (according to my cousin/product testing associate)!
They were initially intended for men, but I’ve heard from people that they would work nicely for women as well. What do you think?
Here’s the link to the store.
August Break 2011- Soldering jump rings for a chain. I don’t recommend you do this if you have a short fuse patience-wise. It is a lot of work! But worth it when you’re done.
August Break 2011- I need to make a ring like the one on the right (this one belongs to Nati) for a custom order, and I haven’t ever made one before! I should really know how to do these already but I guess I skipped that lesson. So I’m procrastinating a little… I’ll finish it this week though. Posting a picture here should be motivation enough!