My latest area for experimentation in my silversmithing class has involved making slots in which to suspend a pendant and the main section on this necklace hangs from such a slot. I decided to make it asymmetrical, with a squiggle on one side and a ball soldered on the other. The final step was the chain inspired by those lichen covered branches. Tiny crystals are woven in and all my jump rings are neatly soldered, making the necklace very sturdy. I’ll need to send this off to be hallmarked at the Assay Office, as there is a fair bit of silver there. I now have my own maker’s mark which is kept in London, at Goldsmiths Hall, ready to be added together with the little leopards head and the year and silver grade mark.
The necklace below is inspired by a bowl of pot pourri, the larger chain links have been hand forged by me. I like making links – it’s a real challenge finding innovative ways to suspend pendants.