Last year I worked on a piece with round discs in titanium and silver. I planned to put them on a silver wire as center piece in a necklace, with matching earrings. This is how I often use titanium, assembling cut pieces, side by side.
This particular idea made me think of how the round pieces of “knäckebröd” (Swedish crisp bread) were dried and stored in the past: hanging under the ceiling. That’s why the traditional round pieces of knäckebröd have a hole in the middle (if you ever came across this bread and ever wondered). Here is a recipe from an illustrated cooking blog, if you want to bake Swedish crisp bread yourself.
As I picked up on this necklace again, I changed it. I chose to thread the discs on a silk cord instead, with a knot between. Like on a traditional bead necklace.
I like that much better – what do you think? I find it less compact. Instead of a chunk of glimmering colours in the middle and then those lonely strings of silver, there is more of a play and movement in it all.
Now I’ll be wearing it for a while as a prototype. I especially want to see what happens with the cord. Titanium is a light metal, but I expect the weight of the whole to wear on it, sooner or later (and this cord is pretty thin). I also want to find out what happens if I gently wash it in (not too) warm water.
This is not the eyecatcher or the conversation starter, it is actually so simple that it might just as well go unnoticed. Not spectacular or innovative, but let me tell you one thing… it feels very comfortable to wear. This has potential to become that favourite everyday piece, I sense. Like a favourite sweater.
And to go back to the idea of the knäckebröd, I still see something of my “daily bread” in this necklace. Pieces of knäckebröd on a string.
What do you see here? What does this make you think of?
This idea is very simple. I hope this can inspire you to discover other things and shapes for a simple necklace – what would you like to use?