Japanese weaves feature grids of rings that are perpendicular to each other. This necklace features on of the most basic weaves – a honeycomb pattern where six small rings go through each large ring, or when doubled, twelve rings go through two. A hexagon of this weave hangs from a triple stranded chain.
It’s a striking necklace, and can be made in any colour. The hexagon can be taken off the chain, so that the two pieces can be worn separately. The matte colours shown are limited – that style of rings has been discontinued, and as of this moment, I have only a few matte necklaces left.
The idea for these timepieces came after my watch (copper) had been riding around in my purse long enough for the back not to close properly any more. I still liked it and decided pocket watch so I put a chain on it, as well as a chain across the back to keep it closed. At that point I didn’t have the right size of rings, and when I got them, somehow the design ended up being perfect for a necklace. I’m not sure exactly how I figured it out, but it can be worn as a necklace or on a belt loop using a slipknot (I think that’s the right term). Now I just need a battery.
The copper necklace is not for sale, as the watch is broken, but the blue aluminum necklace is for sale at $40. The watch is from Ardenes, but bought as good as new at an MCC Thrift Shop. It hangs upside-down on the chain, to make it easier to read the time while wearing it. I will be making more pocket watches as I get faces, and will post pictures as I do.
If you are interested in custom ordering one, the price depends on the type of chain, the type of decoration on either side of the watch, and where I get the watch from. If you want to provide your own face, I will gladly work with that.
4 Winds is another design that I tried once, and then abandoned. This is probably because it’s one of the weaves I don’t actually understand. While I can make it, I don’t comprehend how the rings hold each other in place, and therefore have a much harder time trying to make it do what I want. Fortunately, you don’t have to understand something to appreciate it.
This is a continues loop of Helm Chain, so small that it stands flat, like a disk.
Many chains make wonderful earrings in their simplicity. Byzantine and Half Persian are the only kinds shown, but feel free to ask about other chains.
A very versatile weave, Half Persian can be used to make almost anything. It is also the basis for several other weaves, including GSG and Half Persian Sheet.
There’s not much to say about this necklace. It’s simple, it’s nice, it looks really good long, and because it’s one of the easier weaves, it’s not expensive. It’s not really my style, but I like it.
This is a light simple necklace that looks nice on it’s own, but can also be worn with a pendant.
Round Maille is a strip of European 4 in 1, where the sides have been connected so that it becomes a tube. It is a very smooth thick chain with a lot of flexibility. I don’t make it often, because it takes a lot of time to do a little bit, but I love the look and feel of it.