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Working on the Chain gang

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This week is the start of the Fashion Forward hunt and it’s the first one that I’ve made items for. For details please see here – http://kastlerockhunts.blogspot.com/ Red Robin in #43 and there are approximately 50 stores so it’s a nicely balanced hunt which goes on all month until Sept 7th. My hint is, ‘Red Robin often hides his nest under the stairs’. As you get to each store there’ll be pictures of the hunt items so you can make up your mind as to whether you want to fork out L$10 per item. I hope you’ll want to for my offerings!

“Complicated” are beautiful complex linked necklaces with front toggle fastening and pendant. The ladies necklace is gold and opal (Red Robin texture) with an opal heart pendant and the gents is gold and onyx with a shark’s tooth unique sculpt pendant.

Both have one script resizers and are transfer so you can give the other necklace to a friend or partner.

While I was making these, I researched into the most popular sorts of neck chains that we use in first life, most of which can be replicated in our virtual world.

1. Box: each link is wide, square, and interconnects with the next. 

2. Byzantine: An intricate neck chain design where two pairs of oval-shaped links are linked together and then parted by a third, larger, thicker link attached to each pair.

3. Cable: The typical chain, composed of round same-size rings, each linked to the next.

4. Curb: oval-shaped links twisted and often diamond-cut to lie flat.

5. Figaro: alternates rectangular and circular links, typically one long rectangle followed by three smaller round links.

6. Foxtail: sleek and elegant, an intricately woven chain fashioned with two rows of oval links facing each other at a 45-degree angle and connected by a centre row of flat rings set flush with each other.

7. Herringbone: One of the most popular chain designs, the herringbone is a series of short, flat, slanted, parallel links in two or more rows, with the direction of the slant alternating row by row.

8. Mariner link: oval links with a bar dividing the middle of each link. The figogucci is a variant of the mariner where links are twisted and diamond-cut.

9. Omega: a flat chain made up of rectangular smooth rounded metal plates side by side and crimped along the ends onto a strip of metal mesh.

10. Rope: two thick strands woven together giving the appearance of a spiral.

11. Serpentine: A series of small, flat, s-shaped links set closely together and held in place by a twin set of links set below them.

12.Singapore: resembles a twisted herringbone wherein each link is composed of a series of flat, diamond-cut, interwoven loops.

13. Snake: a series of round wavy metal rings joined side by side and forming a smooth flexible tube.

The clasp needs to be strong enough to support the weight of longer chains while shorter chains need a clasp that is easy to fasten, especially if you don’t have an extra pair of hands that can help! Fortunately, today neck chains are fashioned with a variety of clasps.

A. Barrel: A square wire fits into a barrel-shaped tube and locks into place. Some barrel clasps have an additional figure-eight safety clasp on the side. Some barrels screw together providing an even safer neck chain closure.

B. Lobster claw: One of the most popular clasps today. The lobster claw resembles its name. Although it hooks through a loop at the other end of the chain, it’s rectangular and flat to give you a better grip.

C. Spring ring: A round clasp that opens with a coil spring. On better neck chains, the spring ring is generally heavier and more durable than the round loops of old.

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Written by Moz Loordes

09/08/2011 at 10:52 am

Posted in Chat, Jewelry

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