This was one of my final projects for my Advanced Metals and Mechanisms class. We were supposed to make a sheet metal chain and have them be connected without using any sort of jump ring. I had much fun with this project, as you can see! But it took forever!!!
Each piece of the necklace was hand cut from 16 gauge copper sheet. I had to roll the tabs out a bit thinner before sanding them and dipping in liver of sulfur before getting attacked with a brass brush. After that, I sprayed them with a matte seal and filled with resin mixed with a special pigment. Once the resin was set, I slid each tab into the open space and carefully bent the tab over, the last tab being left open in order to make a clasp. There are ten unique designs between the crystal forms, and three duplicates, the necklace is about 18 inches long.
And wanna know the best part about this thing?
It glows in the dark.
Major hand cramps were received after all that sawing out. @_@ But it was worth it! I'm quite happy with how it turns out, and its pretty comfortable to wear.