Elements of lace edging form a solid but flexible chain. That photo below of the bride? We customized the necklace to be a hair piece for her wedding -- in a way that she'd still be able to wear it as a necklace for life.
To strenthen handmade cotton lace so it can withstand the casting process, we dip it in nearly boiling wax, which allows the fragile woven pattern to be preserved forever in sterling silver, bronze, or gold. Think of the way candle wax drips on a table cloth- this stiffening allows us to set the shape and curve of the lace and cast from there.