New Tutorial and Other Stuff

What a week it has been. Last week I was all excited about finally setting down roots and getting a new studio up and running. But you know, things change. And they did again. We will not be buying that beautiful home and setting up shop. Sigh. I have been so depressed all week that getting a post done for my blog just didn’t happen. I have been angry and sad and depressed all week long. But now, I think I have had a week of it and I am finally ready to pick myself up and get moving again, at least as much as I can. The thing that is really hard for me is knowing that I have to stay in this rental house for another 8 months. 8 Months of not being able to really make jewelry the way I want to. 8 months of not being able to hold classes the way I want to. 8 months of dealing with these stupid boxes and knowing it just isn’t worth it to unpack them…. even though I know there are things in them that I need. haha, for now, I just try to make do and get creative without those things rather than hunt through them and waste my time.

Today was a fun day. We took the girls down to the river and walked along the dike. We probably only did a mile or so, but it was raining or we would have gone longer. We hear that the sun usually comes out after the 4th of July. I hope so, because I would really like to get active outside and stay dry while doing it. Well, at least not get drenched because of the rain. We went to look for bikes too. My hubby sold his to a friend of ours in Ohio before we moved and I think I will pass mine down to my oldest daughter. A friend of ours here has a great one-child trailer that she is going to let me use over the summer so I can tote the baby around town in. It will be so nice to get on a bike again too.

This evening the sun was out for a little bit so I took the opportunity to snap a couple of photos of a chain I had done a while back. In fact, it is the fine silver fused chain that I submitted to Art Jewelry Magazine a few years ago and had published as a tutorial. While I was out there taking photos, my two younger kids came out onto the deck and played around for a little bit.


Check out the shoes on my little diva. LOL. Also, we just cut about 3 1/2″ off her hair last week.


Kiari is becoming quite the little fashionista herself.


This is the view from my back deck. It is too bad that the power lines are right there, but it is still a beautiful view, nonetheless. We look out onto a golf course and all that beauty.


I must say, it isn’t hard to wake up and open the blinds when this is what I have to see.


Fused Fine Silver Chain Tutorial


So this is the tutorial that I wrote a few years ago. I just never put it into my own format, but I figured, why not? So here it is.

This is a great beginner project if you want to get to know silver and your torch. It is made of jumprings and balled up wire. That is it. Pretty much the only two components plus the hook. By the time you make enough of the components to make a bracelet, you will have the feel for your torch and the color temperature when working with the silver. You will want to have extra material as I can promise that you will melt a few pieces of silver.


The chain is so sparkly and feels fantastic when you hold it or wear it. I believe my necklace weighs somewhere around 3 or 4 oz. So it isn’t an inexpensive project, but if you were to make small lengths of chain interspersed with some lampwork beads or such, it would be great.


With the way the chain is constructed, it moves and drapes beautifully. Even though it is made with fine silver, which is very soft, again, the construction and thicker gauge of silver makes it so it is quite durable.

The tutorial is available in my online web shop – Kelsi’s Closet Jewelbox and is only $4.50. It is 11 pages long and has 25 high quality images. It is downloadable immediately upon receipt of your payment. It is published in a PDF format.


Give Away

I am excited to announce that next week I am going to do a give away. Kevin Potter of Potter USA is going to sponsor it and will be donating a pancake die and silhouette die. I will also be offering up one of my swage blocks and at least one other item.

10 thoughts on “New Tutorial and Other Stuff

  1. Heather

    Sorry to hear that things didn’t work out with the new house like you all had hoped they would. I know how disappointing that can be and have been there with the anger, sadness, and depression over the exact same situation. Hopefully things will start to look up for you all soon and you will find something even better and it will all just fall into place.

    Really like that chain. I think I remember seeing it in the magazine. Of course I had no idea who you were at that time but I really like that way it looks.

    Looking forward to the giveaway next week. I would love to win some dies and one of your wonderful swage blocks. I definitely keep my eyes peeled for that post. Hope you have a wonderful day.

    Misty Ridge Designs

  2. Michelle

    So sorry about your house. I think this means there is an even better place out there waiting for you when the time is right.

  3. Susan

    Melissa, that is such a shame about missing your house but just remember, it wasn’t exactly what you needed and THAT house is still waiting for you.

  4. elise

    So sorry to hear about the house – what an up and down ride you’ve been on with this move! Hope your 8 months in the rental goes quickly 🙂 LOVE the chain tutorial, think I will have to find some time to make one for myself when the summer slows a bit!

  5. Susan Taylor

    Oh Melissa, I am so sorry to hear you are not getting your house. Hopefully there will be a turn around soon! The weather in the northwest can be quite depressing. I was not aware of that until we moved from Utah back to Oregon. So many gray days, but when the sun does come out it is worth the wait! Take care, Susan

  6. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Heather. I know it will. It is just really hard when you are in the throws of it, you know? It is also just really frustrating where I want to get my studio set back up so badly. But in the end, a few more months really isn’t that long and the time will pass by quickly…. at least I hope it will. 

    I am looking forward to the give away too. I love doing them. 
  7. Melissa Muir

    Susan, I hope you are right. Because this house was simply perfect. It will be a really hard one to beat, that is for sure. 

  8. Melissa Muir


    I can’t wait to be done with the roller coaster. But then again, if I weren’t on it, life might get too boring. LOL. I hope you do get a chance to make the chain. I love love love this one. I have a few other chains I am thinking about writing a tutorial on, so we will have to see if I can find some time to get them written up with summer here. 
  9. Melissa Muir

    You know, I actually really like the weather, Susan. I am one of those people who could be happy in Seattle. Although, the sun was out today in all its glory and I have to admit, it was a fantastic day. You are right, it is totally worth the wait. 


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