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Braided ring of Eclive by fairyfrog Braided ring of Eclive by fairyfrog
NOT SILVER CLAY! ;)

Commissioned sterling silver ring for :iconeclive:

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Sterling silver, six 1.5 mm thread strands braided in a traditional style I learned over 20 years ago.
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HeavyGravity Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
you must anneal the crap outa that S/S!
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HeavyGravity Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
So you braided this from silver wire?
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep. stuck the threads in a leather-clad vice and braided the frell outta it. And yes, annealing, annealing, annealing. *nod*
Finished and tightened the braid by pulling and bashing it with a rubber hammer.
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soda-with-cyanide Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student General Artist
*after a bit of researching* Aaaah so you used wire? Noooow I get it! :XD: inicially I thought you used a mold or so...
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah, yes.. I mostly work all my pieces by hand out of sturdy sterling silver sheet or thread which I commonly cast or forge myself and mill to size.

I don't use silver clay and I very seldom have anything sent for casting. :)
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soda-with-cyanide Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Aha, I see. (says someone who's totally on the outside) ^^;
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
*giggle* Well, at least you took the time to read the description! Few seems to do that :)
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soda-with-cyanide Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Yep. :D
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Fainting-Star Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
This is really beautiful. Do you have any tutorials? I have a book that has some jewelry instructions in it and been trying to learn how to weave wire and it isn't easy for me :-) Especially since I don't know how to finish the ring like you did with soldering. How do you do that?

I like this weave.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Solving the problem of making ends meet is always the biggest bother in a ring like this. The best you can do is trying to get the braid to match up, of course, but in this case I wanted a piece of adornment.

Before step 1 on this image I braided the material and measured out approx. how long the piece should be. After that I placed little bits of solder at the end lines and here and there along the band. When you cut the braid or when you bend it the braid distorts, and soldering it in place will prevent this somewhat. I also milled it slightly to get it flatter.

I even chose which side to set as outside from a piece in the braid that gone less taut than the others. -Putting it on the outside and bending the ring pulled it back into the ring enough to give a smooth surface.

Once I was done I stood it upright and added solder to the ends of the braid to get the wire ends to really stick together. I over-used solder on this ring because braids tend to need it with all the gaps and air between the wire.

The middle bit was nothing special. I took a separate scrap bit of twisted wire, pre-soldered it together and then I filed it down just a little on opposite sides so it would be easy to stick between the braided ends.

The twist was a little thicker than the ring itself so I made sure it was aligned with the inside, letting it raise over the outside instead as a decoration.

I used a lot of solder, making sure to fill any gaps between the braid and the twist. That gives a strong hold, all you need to do afterwards is taking a bit more care with filing, finish and annealing. ;)

Hope that helps!
/Sarah B
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Fainting-Star Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Thanks so much for the reply. I love your work. If I remember correctly you did those really cute geod locketts and they were really beautiful and unique.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I made those, yes.
I delivered them just three days ago.. She LOVED them and was so happy she cried a little.. Such an awesome old lady.

Thank you for remembering! :hug:
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TinaCaper Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:):):) CLAY WOW!!!!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
THANK YOU!.. BUT IT ISN'T CLAY! ;)
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TinaCaper Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW SLIVER!!!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha! :D
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Very pretty. I like the cording.
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forty-two-point-five Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow... beautifully done! :clap:
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :bow:
..I still love your avatar :heart:
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forty-two-point-five Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! :heart:

Aww... thank you! :aww: I kinda like it too! :giggle:
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snailorgy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student General Artist
looks amazing keep it up
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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c0dx Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
I love it. Good job!
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JN-Future-Author Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Thats pretty!!!
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AmeMegami Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Another bloody beautiful piece. :)
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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gaernavi Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask what kind of silver clay you used? I have used one kind in the past and it was very unwieldy.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for asking!

I'm afraid I can't help you there, since this is "ordinary" hard sterling silver and not silver clay. I myst have done something right with it in order for you to think it was silver clay, though! Thank you ! ;)
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gaernavi Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, that's neat then...I think in the first picture the powdery appearance made me think it was the clay. Thanks for the clarification, and very nice work!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, it has the look of fired silver clay, I agree! :)
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gaernavi Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask what kind of silver clay you used? I have worked with one brand before but it was very unwieldy.
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mynameisfaerie Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful as usual. do you ever stop at step six? thats a nice shade of silver.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, sometimes!
Many of my customers want the item to be tarnished when they recieve it.
I take great care when I polish the silver and let it tumble in a drum with steel bits for hours and hours on to get a white mirror finish.. But most of my customers think it is -too- shiny. :D

..Also, the mirror finish messes with my camera. And when I make items just for myself I am sometimes too lazy to be bothered to get that perfect shine and crank up the oxide bath. :)
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mynameisfaerie Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ah, makes sense. thanks for explaining!
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Deathcomes4u Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Having weaved/braided metal wire before myself, I am faving this SO HARD RIGHT NOW. That is some bloody difficult stuff, nice work :D
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol, thank you! :D
It took some annealing to get that braid so even, along with having a lot of "leftover ends" to get enough leverage.
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nodis Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Wicked use of the braid !
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eclive Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
I think Fairyfrog addition to being a great artist of silver is above all a person with a great sensitivity.
Fairyfrog could express the most of my crazy request by creating a ring really nice and especially unique.
I can not wait to receive it .....
Thanks.
Antonio.
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AnimaTigris Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love this :)
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :D
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FlisanHours Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
It looks simple but I guess it is... far away from being simple xD
I like that ring:heart:
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It is simple. Made for a male wanting something braided/medieval.
Most braided bands are either braided in wax and then cast, or made in silver clay. Few are so stupid they actually braid sterling silver which is a much harder alloy.
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FlisanHours Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
I think it looks impossible. o_o But great.
And thanks for sharing your knowledge! Makes one a bit less stupid.
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Samarai Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Oh yeah..
Nice ring.
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Samarai Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Seriously..?
You look too young to have learned anything over 20 years ago.. with the possible exception of how to use the toilet. ;)
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
D'aww.. :blush: *giggle*
Turning 31 next week. Learned this braid in 3'rd grade at the age of 9.
Tee hee..! <3

..Made my day. ;)
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Samarai Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
That's me... mister Ego Stroker.
You really do look a lot younger, though.
Could be because I'm so friggin' old, too. Anymore, EVERYone looks young.
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HeavyGravity Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Ah, come on. My wife says we're as old as we feel. Some days I'm about 120, others 10. It's all good. I had a kid on Xbox tell me I "sounded" much younger than I am, and act, when I'm playing, younger too. I told him it's all a trick. So I can kick his young butt.
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