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Here's a group of knots, all of them five-lead by six-bight, in various stages. The one on the left is how it looks right after I've tied it and trimmed the ends of the wire, the bottom one has been soldered and tumbled for a bit to clean and harden it. The top one has been sat on really hard, then reshaped and tweaked a bit to bring out the star, then sat on again. I put them on a wooden stool, under a pamphlet or something, and sit on them while I work on others, this ensures that they're flat but doesn't distort the wires as much as pounding it or using a rolling pin would. I've got a finished pair on display, too, and several pairs left in my inventory...

Plain silver stars, four stages.
After I've tied and soldered one of the 5x6 knots, to make it into a good shape for an earring I have to work on it a bit. That's where my wooden tools come in handy, as the wood won't mar the soft silver nearly as badly as my pointy pliers will. Here, I'm working with several shapes of notches in the ends of the chopsticks, each one ready for a particular application.

Working on an earring.
Someone asked me where I work, and the answer is "anywhere". I was out on the front porch for this group of pictures, so that there would be enough light. All I need is a place to sit, enough light to see what I'm doing, and a bit of jazz or classical music.

Working on an earring, zoomed out.

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