The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders
The Chain Gang One Seed Wonders

One Seed Wonders

The Chain Gang

$60.00

I often use these as ritual reminders. At the end of every day I like to end it with a cup of tea but sometimes I get so engrossed in what I'm doing and I forget the time. A lot of my time is spent at a desk typing on a keyboard, or writing by hand in a journal or drawing or painting or sewing. I find that if I wear a ring or a bracelet I love, I'll often admire it throughout the day and because I've attached the idea of taking a break with it, I am subtly reminded to take it into consideration. Transitioning from full-time teaching to retirement has been interesting. I knew I didn't want to waste precious time getting started on using my free time for art practice but knew I also had many projects that were of a more practical nature on the back burner for far too long now and so I began stacking new habits using micro-actions to slowly develop new rituals that would help with the success of my days. Tea time is more than just an end of day ritual for me. It's also a time for me to take a look at my day's accomplishments. I found I was constantly overwhelmed with how much I felt I had to do and without this ritual of reviewing what I've done each day, I wasn't taking time to review what I'd actually gotten done and in doing so, I was able to give myself a pat on the back as I enjoyed tea time. It also allowed me to quickly schedule and reschedule a few (new) things that come up each day on my list for the next day or later in the week/month, etc. It's for this reason I've chosen to display these pieces on my tea pets. If you're unfamiliar with tea pets, here's a link to some fun info about their history and usage. They are typically used as companions if you are enjoying tea on your own. If I am busy, and/or my hands are full as I make my way up 4 flights of stairs with my iPhone, agenda, journal, pens, tea, etc.,  I will take my jewellery off, rinse it with tea and treat it as I would a tea pet. Taking it off, signals that tea time has begun and putting it back on signals tea time is over.

The Chain Gang is a set of 3 separate yet different bracelets with a Single Extender/3-Way Harmony Rolling Ring/ Earring Accessory (each purchased individually).

These chains are an integral part of the TeaGardenJewelry collection. Same-size end links seamlessly blend in with one another using matching spring clasps to form necklaces of varying lengths. They combine with Silk & Silver Charms and charming Beady Guys Ring/Earrings.

These are one-of-a-kind, 14 guage wire, .999 Pure Silver, hand-fabricated and fused chain links, made by me in my studio. The accessory clasps and the endless hoop earrings, included, are Sterling Silver. 

Working with .999 Pure Silver is different than with alloy metals such as Argentium or Sterling Silver. This pure, precious metal is softer than both and doesn't tarnish. It's recyclable and more sustainable than other silver. It's fused rather than soldered meaning no other metals are introduced during the joining process.

I love the contradictory nature of pure silver. You both don't need to take care of it (because it doesn't tarnish like other metals); but you do need to take care of it (because it's a precious metal and soft like gold).

These pieces have been work hardened to withstand daily wear. You will, though, want to take them off at the end of the day and to put them to sleep in their tiny tin case(s). The sterling pieces should be put in their zip bags with the tarnish strip provided if they aren't work for an extend periods of time (this keeps them from tarnishing but if they do tarnish, it's easy to clean them (buff lightly with polish cloth included). I tend to bed mine in a dedicated space because it helps me remember where they are (for the botanicals, I put them on an inverted crystal wine glass and treat them as home decor so they're within quick reach to pair and wear when an afternoon urge for tea strikes.

FUN FACT: Do you know you change the purity and taste of water, used for tea (or coffee) by charging it with pure silver ... tea cups lined in pure silver are sold for this very purpose and many swear by them - I know, I do. If you clean pieces with dishsoap and rinse them well, you could try tossing them in your cup while your tea steeps to see if you notice a difference.

I have a lovely silver-lined cup that I use for Mei Leaf and The Tea Practitioner  pu'erh teas from. I find it noticeably enhances the citrus flavours in these teas.

Geek Out: Pure Silver is 99.9% Silver, Argentium is between 96% and 93.5% Silver depending on the percentage of metals added (the latter is 5.5% Copper and 1% Germanium) where Sterling Silver is 92.5% Silver (7.5% usually copper or zinc).

Mix&Match: the Harmony, Variety and Harmony with Variety Bracelets to create necklaces of various lengths. Extenders further vary bracelet/necklace lengths.

See Sizing Guide for Necklace Types and Measurements.

Bracelets and extender/earring sets are designed to be combined in various ways:

  • The Anne Bracelets (each 7-1/2 " Harmony links) can be joined to form a 15" Collar/Choker Necklace (clasps add about 3/4"). With the addition of The Laura Rolling Rings Extender, your piece becomes a low-sitting Choker at 17" and with two, a 19" Princess style necklace. Extenders can also be worn as rolling rings and/or as earrings (3 ways, depending on how links are looped through the sterling endless hoop earrings that are included with them.

[Three bracelets seamlessly join to form a 23" Matinee style necklace. Add a couple of extenders and create a 27" Opera length necklace.]

 

THE ANNE: Harmony Bracelet: 15 links of 14 guage, Pure .999 Silver, 13mm (7-1/2 inches long x 5/8 inch wide), includes Sterling spring clasp) $140.00

Harmony w Variety Bracelet: 11 links of 14 guage, Pure .999 Silver, 16mm (8-1/4 inchles long x 3/4 inch wide), includes Sterling spring clasp) $140.00

Variety Bracelet: 11 links of 14 guage, Pure .999 Silver, 13/16/20mm (7-3/4 inches long x 7/8 inch wide), includes Sterling spring clasp) $140.00

THE LAURA: Single 3-Link Extender/3-Way Earring Accessory: 3 links of 14 guage, Pure .999 Silver, 13mm (1-7/8 inch wide) includes a Sterling spring clasp + a Sterling endless hoop earring, 12mm. $60 ... (psssst - the rings can also be worn as a rolling trinity ring on a finger of your first knuckle (e-mail your ring size after you make the purchase).

I know this is a lot. Please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail (brenda@oneseedwonders.ca). If you have questions, I can answer them.

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