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Sirius - Byzantine Fire by Akai-Ink Sirius - Byzantine Fire by Akai-Ink
"Sirius" Necklace - Byzantine Romanovs woven of antiqued Sterling Silver. Finished with black satin ribbon.

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Small rings are 20 gauge 2.9mm inner diameter.
Large rings are 18 gauge 5.0mm ID.
Assorted fire-polished Czech crystal.
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XxSilverMoonFoxX Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the beads!
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Bijartis Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
This piece is gorgeous ! :love:

You should consider doing a version with natural gemstones:

such as a suite of Montana Saphire or ;

Yellow grossular garnets, Spessartine garnet ( orange), Rhodolite garnet ( purple),Pyrope Anthill (Chromiferous)garnet (red).
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooh, thank you for the idea! I'm definitely going to look into it. :boogie:
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Bijartis Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
You are welcome ! I think it would really be nice. If you can put your hand on well formed garnet crystal with their natural faces this could get even more interesting. :-)
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, now that would be dreamy! Alas, I would surely have to journey into the world of bezel-setting. I admit, that intimidates me somewhat.
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
This piece is featured in my news article [link] in celebration of Artisan Crafts Month
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, wow! Thank you so much. ::hurries to fave the news::
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arctic-dreams Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
That is beautiful, simply beautiful.
I don't know much about this, did you use a particular technique or did you make it up as you went?
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :D I've been learning chainmaille for about a year, and Byzantine is a style of chain weave. I just adapted the chain to work with the shape of the beads. If you'd like to learn more about it, [link] is a great website with plenty of information, tutorials and links.
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arctic-dreams Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Thank you for the link, I'll be sure to check it out :)
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem. In case it doesn't work, that's maillartisans.org. If you try it out, I'd love to see your work. :D
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flutterbyfae Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the gradation of colors.
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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SpaceDragon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
Wow, lovely work there. How do you keep all the jump rings from not slipping off? In my experience I work with jump rings and securely close them, but eventually after some wear one of the links loosens and falls off.
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! The trick to keeping jumprings secure is having the right AR, which stands for Aspect Ratio. AR is the inner diameter of the ring divided by the diameter of the wire used to make that ring. When the AR is too high or the metal is too soft, it usually means that the ring will be flimsy and likely to spread or reopen. You can also work harden the rings to help combat the softness of the wire.
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SpaceDragon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
Ah cool. But do you make your own jump rings? Because all I have are the flimsy store bought ones XD.
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I do. It makes it a lot easier to control what you need when you spin your own. Moreover, it's really easy to do with a minimum of tools. You can make your own rings with as little as a knitting needle a plain steel rod. Feel free to note me if you'd like more info on ring making, I'm happy to help.
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Kitten-of-Woe Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
This was one of the first things I ever faved when I first came to dA. I remember making a comment, but I think I left it on your user page. Oh well, there were worse things I did before I knew any better -- am still cringing from some of them :doh:
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, T, that is possibly the most flattering thing anyone has ever said to me. Thank you. Thank you immensely.
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Kitten-of-Woe Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
you're welcome, but I have to tell you that we're shopping around for a new monitor. We've held onto this piece of shit since 1998 and the colors have gotten just awful. Am looking forward to viewing this one of yours when we finally splurge for that wide, flat screen!
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Mmm, flatscreen.... we wants it precious, yessss.

Oh my! Don't let Sirius disappoint you....
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holls Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so gorgeous! I love it.
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holls Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so gorgeous! I love it.
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:blush: Thank you!
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skezzcrom Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice work :)
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D
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skezzcrom Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome :)
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007
oh! This is perfectly beautiful and it seems to match your other interests in costume.
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!
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elpdee20 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007
This is very nice. Well done!
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! You have some lovely work yourself. :love:
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2dazed Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome. Again. ;)
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2dazed Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Truly unique!
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you again. :blush:
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erinightwind Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
I think it would look better without the dangly bits off the central dark unit, but it's very nice anyway.
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the comment - I've done a similar piece in blue gradient without the dangles, which looks better flat, but doesn't hang as well on the neck.
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erinightwind Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ah, yeah, I suppose that makes sense. Is it to be worn as a choker or just a close necklace?
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The ribbon makes it quite versatile, but it looks best resting along the collarbones.
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erinightwind Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Mn, makes sense, aye. Can we get a modeled shot?
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Certainly - I'll do my best to snag a camera this weekend :)
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erinightwind Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Great, thanks! It'll be useful to actually see how it rests.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This has a gorgeous flow to it!
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! :D
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green-envy-designs Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow! thats amazing!
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:blush: Thanks
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UniquelyYours Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Wow! I just LOVE this!! Yum!
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my, thank you! And thanks doubly for the fave! That's really flattering coming from someone as talented as yourself. :blush:
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UniquelyYours Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
talk about flattering! Thanks :D
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talyra Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006
This weave is so beautiful, I really need to try it sometime! The graduation is really effective, I had to stare for a while before I worked out how you did it :XD: I like the "fade-out" effect of the colours too.
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:blush: Thanks! I'm really flattered.
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