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Recycling bracelet into necklace

stracci2000

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Love this length on you, and it looks like a beautiful job of stringing!

Did you manufacture the clasps yourself?!

Yes, I soldered some sterling wire into a hook and eye type closure.
Then a little filing and polishing.
I do a bit of silversmithing as a hobby.
I looked at all kinds of clasps at the craft store, but I didn't like any of them.
 

stracci2000

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That’s so cool! How did you learn silver smithing? I’d love to learn to do that as well but it seems to intimidating to get started

About 17 years ago, I took a crash course in silversmithing.
An acquaintance, a nice lady from the Zuni Pueblo here in NM,
showed me the basics.
I was on my own after that. I read a lot of books, watched YouTube videos, cracked stones and melted a lot of prongs before I got better at it!
I post a lot of my work over on the Colored Stones forum.
 

dk168

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Great job!

DK :appl:
 

stracci2000

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Thanks everyone for all the nice comments on the knotting!
I used the Japanese technique. It is really easy, and no slack in between the pearls.
I have a few more projects in mind for this coming weekend.
 

stracci2000

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Excellent stringing work! Really well done, and enjoy your new (old?) piece in good health!

I appreciate your comments!
I tried to go slow and be very neat about the whole thing.
 

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Yes, I soldered some sterling wire into a hook and eye type closure.
Then a little filing and polishing.
I do a bit of silversmithing as a hobby.
I looked at all kinds of clasps at the craft store, but I didn't like any of them.

Soooo coolio! I'd love to learn some silversmithing (and goldsmithing is likely similar but a gazillion time more expensive?) skills. The "jump ring" you made is one of my all-time fave designs for a jump ring. I'm so impressed!
 

stracci2000

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Soooo coolio! I'd love to learn some silversmithing (and goldsmithing is likely similar but a gazillion time more expensive?) skills. The "jump ring" you made is one of my all-time fave designs for a jump ring. I'm so impressed!

Here's another clasp I made last week for a strand of baroque akoyas, with a chain extender.
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stracci2000

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stracci2000

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Well done, superb job there.
im a huge fan of recycling and upcycling old / unworn pieces.
here’s to you getting lots of enjoyment out of your new necklace.

I was looking at some good quality FW pearl strands online, when I suddenly remembered this bracelet. Why should I spend $$$ on a new necklace, when I already have some great pearls that I can restring? So I got a new necklace, for the price of some beading cord from the craft store!
 

stracci2000

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You are so talented! The necklace came out beautiful and I hope you wear it often.

Thanks, Lisa!
I don't have as many strands as you, but I'm working on it!
And this time, I kept the cat away while I was working on it. :razz:
 
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