Friday, December 4, 2009

The Hurrier I Go, The Behinder I Get!

If a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind, I've got nothing to worry about!  Between school and dogs and catching a cold, and the holidays, there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done.  Like the White Rabbit, I feel as if I am always running around declaring: "I'm late, I'm late!"

I have decided, however, to take some much needed Sue time, and put together some chains and metal clay items.  First on the agenda is a sterling silver Columbus Chain.  To call this weave slinky doesn't do it justice.  Perfect for a bracelet, it lies flat against the wrist, and curves in a sinuous slither, terminating in a beautiful sun shaped toggle clasp.  It still needs to be tumble polished, but is otherwise ready to be posted to Etsy.

Next up, are these Ionic Column toggles.  I have paired this one with a Byzantine Chain.  I love these toggles, the column hangs like a charm, and I'm thinking it will look great on a necklace, with ancient Roman or Phoenician Glass Beads.

Staying with an antiquities theme, I am trying to decide what to do with this Roman Glass hook and eye set which, oddly enough, acutally look like a pair of eyes to me.

Last, but not least, is all of the Marcasite that I bought a little while ago.  I don't know what it is about Marcasite that I love so much, but love it I do!  It would be wonderful to make the chains for all of these great pieces, and get them ready in time for the holidays, but time is slipping by, and I don't know if I will get it all done by then.

Sometimes I wish there were two of me: one to take care of all of the responsible stuff like laundry and groceries and work; and one to play with the fun, creative stuff like chain maille and metal clay and hand made books and paper engineering and... well, you get the idea!


  1. Sue those came out so cool.. I want to learn the top one after Christmas..

  2. Hi just came across your blog - I am new to chainmaille and I love the Columbus Chain, I think I will give it a try.

  3. Hi Marilyn, and to Davine, Welcome aboard!( I would love it if you would consider becoming a member of my blog!) The Columbus chain, aka Half Persian Four In One, is a beautiful weave. A little tricky to start, but once you get it going, it progresses quickly and easily. I will be happy to show you after Christmas, Marilyn. Just give me a shout when you are ready!