This necklace will add a splash of optimism to your day! I originally created the cloud thinking I'd make it a dark, moody cloud but at the last minute I chose to leave the silver bright and shiny and added a 7 bead rainbow arcing above. I created this on a dreary, rainy day and needed to remind myself that rain also can bring rainbows!
The cloud is handcrafted from argentium silver metal and wire. I fused the wire ends together and then shaped and forged the wire into a cloud shape. Then, I fused it to the argentium metal. I sawed out the metal to go with the curves of the wire. I stamped the metal with spirals. Then I used my tools to dap the cloud into a slightly lifted and curved bowl. It's a puffy cloud!
To continue the spirals theme I created 3 from argentium silver wire and fused them to the metal. Two are at the top and one at the bottom. They serve as connectors. At the bottom I created a wirewrapped charm of a blue chalcedony teardrop and a herkimer diamond. The two represent a sparkling raindrop.
At the top spirals I wirewrapped the arcing rainbow. The wire contains 7 stone beads in shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and purple. I also inserted the necklace chain into the arch.
From the top of the arch to the bottom of the blue chalcedony, the cloud and rainbow charm measures 2 3/4 inches long
The chain is 18 inches long and fastens with a hook and clasp I crafted and forged from argentium silver wire.
Argentium is a metal alloy similar to sterling silver but it is modified by removing some of the copper and adding the metalloid germanium. The metal is hypoallergenic and highly tarnish resistant. It is created from recycled silver.
I left this bright and shiny without a patina. To care for it, simply clean with mild soap and water now and then. If needed, follow up with a polishing cloth after the necklace is dry.