The making of a CMT piece

Each Clasp Me Tightly centerpiece, pendant and charm is made by hand, one at a time with care and attention to detail from start to finish. Each piece of handmade heirloom quality silver jewelry begins its life as wire on a coil which is cut to length, fused, shaped then hardened with hammering. This step also gives it the fabulous texture. The result is a strong piece that is both timeless and long wearing.

Many designed are fused, however some utilize lead-free and cadmium-free silver solder. These soldered pieces are then cleaned thoroughly leaving no chemical residue.

Designs may be replicated, but no two pieces will ever be exactly the same. Each piece will have it’s quirks and beauty marks which add to the organic beauty of my work.

Each Clasp Me Tightly piece is handcrafted with love in Ballarat, Australia

The following is an example of the process of making a centrepiece from start to finish.

Inspiration picture provided
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Coiling and cutting the wire
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Ready to make the first fuse
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Heating up the silver
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Almost hot enough
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Now fused and shaping has begun
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Adding the ears
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Heated up
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Ears are fused
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Annealing wire for the next step
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Adding the body
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Body outline shaped
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Adding legs and tail detail
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Fused
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After some shaping it’s in for a cleanup in the pickle
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Attempting to add the eyes
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Eyes successfully added, that was a tricky fuse!
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More shaping done and now this part is ready to be hammered
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Skipping ahead a little, the mini centrepiece has been fused and shaped
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On to hammering!
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One side done
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Both sides hammered and flattened out
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Onto the mini, each link needs to be hammered individually
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Almost done!
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Mini centrepiece done!
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Adding my hallmark, a tiny star outline
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Finished!
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Shown here with two Thick Belcher Keyring chains
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And here with two Thick Belcher Keyring chains in different lengths
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I hope you have enjoyed seeing this piece come to life!