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The Chain

Chain 2 Chain 1At this time, I was having difficulty figuring out how I would attach the fly to a commercially available necklace chain in a natural transition.  It was at this point that I had a serendipitous conversation with a friend, Ryan Deering, who is knows little about flytying or goldsmithing but is an ingenious person (sometimes a creative person without any knowledge of a particular discipline sees possibilities that the more experienced fail to see).  He suggested weaving the necklace chain out of gold and straw.  He reasoned that the gold could be spliced into the chain in increments to get the desired transitioning effect to extend beyond the fly itself and instead take over the entire necklace.  I quickly decided that the necklace and fly would be a single, inseparable piece, that the plant fibers would transition to gold from the clasp on the back of the necklace to the end of the fly.  This simple idea became the very foundation of the piece.

Chain 3Even though I was initially intent on weaving this fly, a nagging thought kept recurring:  The tale was about spinning straw into gold.  From the beginning I had had in mind a spinning weave, but I wanted more spinning and less weaving.  My mind recalled a technique I’d seen used for weaving traditional bowstrings called the Flemish twist.  It is one of the simplest and most ingenious methods for creating strong cordage.  It involves two bundles of fiber, each twisted in the same direction, but then wrapped around each other in the opposite direction.  The opposing twists serve to stabilize each other, because as each bundle attempts to relax it tightens against the other.  It was the perfect method to construct the necklace chain.


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