meet the clip links.

towards the end of last year, i found myself making chains in various forms and formations. thinking all the while how connected i am to my work. that is to say, i operate in one mode and that is “caroline mode”. i approach my job in the same fashion that i approach my every day: gently, meaningfully, deliberately.

there is a reason behind everything i do, from the bowl and spoon that i use every day for my oatmeal to the tiniest of details that i come up with in the studio. i believe that my oatmeal tastes better when i use the old spoon with the letter C engraved on it that my mom gave me for my 21st birthday. and the yellow stoneware bowl that belonged to my great aunt anne makes me feel like the day will be sunny even if the sun isn’t out. the decisions i make while i work look a lot like this. my jewelers bench is positioned in the very same spot that my grandfather had his work bench in his woodshop, my now studio space. my favorite red-handled pliers make contact with almost everything i make, like a blessing. my mentor, who is no longer living, gave these to me shortly after i started working with him.

all the rivets, cut-out silhouettes, design choices, are all on purpose and have been thought about in great length. i don’t make things that i don’t like. this may keep my pace slower so while i can’t crank out the work, i am able to infuse everything i make with a fully present mind. i believe this translates into and out of my work. and the best part is that the people that are drawn to the things i create have that same sort of bone in their body. they notice the details, the subtleties, and the space in between that prompts them to ask: “how did you come up with this form? what does this signify?”

so, in my connectedness to my work, i found myself illustrating just how attached i am. forever chained, linked, and undetachable. this body of work not only describes this solidarity but it also represents you and your place in my process. you participate in one way or another in that you affect me in my life in big and small ways, and therefore are a piece to my life puzzle. (i think we all have life puzzles but that’s a whole other deal.)

just as each link in this series is able to slip in and out of the next link, i think of all the people who have helped me get to where i am today. i should make a point here, to say that this series is not only about how embedded i am in my work, but also that these necklaces in particular are a collaboration between us. i designed and made the links but you can arrange them in any fashion that works best for you. for years i’ve been asked to make something longer or shorter or “wouldn’t this be nice asymmetrical?” or “i like things more symmetrical,” etc, etc, etc. i’ve wracked my brain trying to come up with something that could please everyone. well, i think i got pretty close with these.

every silver link has an overlapping section that allows you to slip the link on and off of the next one…

wear it long…

remove a few links to wear it short…

wear it without the chain…

wear what i like to call the “Y” version by connecting 2 links in the middle…

i also made a version with smaller links—the silver clip link interval necklace—which is my longest, most versatile necklace…

remove 2 sections of chain and join more links together…

remove a few more sections of chain creating just a hint of asymmetry…

remove all but the longest chain section for a sleek, symmetrical look…

wear it short and classy…

i’m tellin’ ya, the variations are endless!

and if you don’t want to fuss with re-arranging things, just wear them in their original arrangement!

i round out the collection with two earrings and a necklace with three tiny links…

find these beauties in the shop.

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