Shielded Heart Necklace
This bronze and copper chainmaille necklace is encircled with 20 deep dark red 9 mm garnet nugget beads, the color of blood. The center chainmaille heart pendant is made with bronze and copper jump rings and one small 5 x 7 mm garnet drop bead on a handcrafted bale in copper wire, forming a sort of shield. The copper spiral clasp with extender chain ends in one final garnet bead. The entire necklace and pendant are patinaed and polished to bring out a rich aged finish and shine.
The weave is a variation similar to Japanese maille and the heart is European maille in copper with the larger bronze rings to frame and form the heart. The hook of the clasp fits a bit tight, which will prevent any chance of it opening while being worn. It requires a bit of dexterity or a willing assistant.
The necklace is 19 inches (48 cm) and extends to 22 inches (56 cm).
The heart pendant is 2 inches (5.2 cm) from top of bale to bottom of heart and is 1 1/4 inches (3.5 cm) across.
The entire piece weighs 5.3 oz.
- Camera: DSC-HX20V
- Taken: 20 November, 2013
- Focal length: 4mm
- Aperture: f/3
- Exposure: 1/30 second
- ISO: 500