This week I worked on a couple of projects for friends. The first, for my friend Karen, who's relocating across country due to a job re-location. She's part of my lady metalsmiths group (http://www.theladysmiths.blogspot.com) that meets regularly, and was one of the original and most enthusiastic members! She will be sorely missed! We all decided to make a 'link' for her, so she can connect them all together and wear it to remember us.
I made mine out of Argentium silver so I could fuse everything- no solder. I started with the 2 curved outer pieces to make the shape of a crescent moon. The reason is that Karen's business is called Crescent Studio (http://www.crescentstudio.etsy.com). I also encorporated 'K's' for Karen into the design. And lastly, I set a sapphire, because that's Karen's birthstone! I hope she likes it! I placed the loops on the sides so that she could wear it as part of a linked chain, or, she could attach a chain and wear it alone as a necklace.
This next project is also a link project but for charity- CERF. It's an artists emergency relief fund for when things go bad and artists like me need financial help. It's still in the building stage, but the hope is that this linked chain can raise money in some way. Whether the links are auctioned, or the chain is promoted to bring awareness and donations, the bottom line is it's a community event for us metalsmiths to sink our teeth into.