Whomever posted that handmade chains are essentially a thing of the
past is (fortunately) quite mistaken. Perhaps their reference was
intended towards the commercial production of precious metal chain in
general. Like Tony Konrath and Dave Sebaste, I agree that nothing
else compares with a well made handmade chain.
For the better part of the past decade the main focus of my body of
work has been on hand made crochet chains fabricated in 18kt gold,
and I have spent thousands of hours developing and refining my
crochet technique. It is my meditative activity to produce this work
and I have been rewarded by having my necklaces featured in numerous
jewelry magazines, as well as with an award for my crochet from the
World Gold Council.
My crochet necklaces can take anywhere from 20 to 70 hours, just to
produce the chain itself, plus the additional fabrication time for
the clasp and settings when there are gemstones involved. I invite
you to take a look at some of my recent work at the following link:
I would encourage everyone to make a handmade chain at least once,
simply for the feeling of accomplishment and the aesthetic
satisfaction that its completion will surely bring.
Michael David Sturlin, jewelry artist @Michael_David_Sturl1
http://www.geocities.com/~jdpn/gallery-sturlin.htm Michael Sturlin
Studio, Scottsdale Arizona USA