I have a bit of an ethical quandary, and wonder if I’m making too
much of it. A client recently approached me to make a setting for an
old coin and provided some silver he wanted to use in it. I’d
normally fabricate such a thing, but in order to use this "scrap"
silver, I’m going to do a casting. One of the things he brought me
was a perfectly useable heavy sterling chain. My feeling is the value
of the chain is much more than the silver scrap value.
To make matters worse, I just completed a series of parrot wing
chrysocolla pendants, and am having trouble finding varied and
interesting ways to carry them. One pendant is still waiting, and it
might actually look pretty good on this chain.
I don’t have an ethical problem substituting other scrap for the
chain in the customer’s job. Its just there as weight, with no
sentimental value. Where I do have a question is whether I can/should
sell the chain on a new piece without revealing its previously owned
status. I also resist using commercial chains on my one-of-a-kind
pendants… how much do you folks feel a commercial chain detracts
from the overall presentation?
Thanks in advance,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)