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Friday, March 21, 2008

21 March 2008

My first finished gold bracelet!

I attempted soldering the finals onto the chain first, but haven't got the hang of it yet. It turned out to be much easier to fuse the final & chain wire than to solder it!

I'm still working on a moebius scarf (300 stitches per side!) using dyed bamboo yarn, and being slow at handknitting, this one will take quite a while.

On the jewellery front, I'm experimenting with making a 2 colour knit bracelet using silver as the main colour & copper as the accent first. Once I get a working technique, I'll be making it as a bracelet or necklace with gold replacing the copper.


Anonymous said...

what is the difference between fusing and soldering? I have no idea about working with metals. I leave that to the experts, resin is hard enough to work with without starting a whole new learning curve.

Carolyn said...

Fusing is when you join 2 pieces of metal by melting them slightly and the melted sections fuse together as they cool and become solid again. With soldering, the 2 pieces being joined stay solid, while the solder (which has a lower melting point) is melted and joins to both pieces as it cools and solidifies.

Soldering is supposed to be easier, but I struggle with it a lot, so I probably need to find someone to show me how to do it properly.

Unknown said...

I got shocked to see such a beautiful neck piece made of metal. Is this made of gold or some other metal??
Keep designing such attractive pieces. I wish to see some more.

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Carolyn said...

It's 9k solid gold wire.
I'm hoping to get a lot more pieces made over the next few months for some exhibitions. And try to update the blog a bit more regularly than I have been.