Being a jewelry designer can be very rewarding. I get to create wearable objects that bring people joy, remind them of happy occasions and connect them to loved ones. Sometimes the things that I create with my own two hands stay with a person forever. It's pretty amazing when you stop to think about it.
However, getting to the pretty end result isn't always fun and exciting. Often times the road to completion isn't smooth, nor a straight shot.
"bones" in various stages of completion
Once the "bones" are complete, they are assembled so that they graduate in size to create either a bracelet, necklace or earrings. I use my torch to heat the connector "spine" links so that the ends curl up and hold the piece together.
Silver and 14k gold fishbone bracelet
All studio images courtesy of Stitch and Hammer