Dragonsteps Chainmaille Bracelet  

Monday, May 18, 2015

Learned a new wave: dragonsteps. Love it. Not so easy to start, but once you're a few rows in, it becomes very easy.

Bright aluminum rings. The bracelet is so light and thin, I don't even feel it on the wrist.



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Captive 2 in 1 Chainmaille Bracelet  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Here is today's work, a quick bracelet for summer. Zili's shiny BA rings and TRL's pale yellow ones. I can easily see this with a yellow dress, and even for a wedding party at night.




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Byzee Beez to Butterflies Bracelet  

Friday, May 15, 2015

New bracelet finished, called Byzee Beez to Butterflies. Weird name, but lovely weave. Came out quite stiff, but I like it this way.

Made with bright aluminum and anodized aluminum rings.Won't be my last with this design.




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Sweet Pea Chainmaille Bracelet  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Finished this bracelet today,made in anodized aluminum rings in the sweet pea weave. It took me a while to figure out out, but with Zili's tutorial it went quite fast.

It's becoming a new favorite weave. And this one is mine!







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Mosaic Chainmaille Bracelet  

Monday, March 30, 2015

I have some jewelry that I never photographed before, so I'm doing it now along with adding them to my Dawanda store.

Here is a sterling silver mosaic bracelet using a variation on the European 4 in 1 weave.





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Dragonscale Chainmaille Bracelet  

Saturday, March 28, 2015

I've finally got the hang of the dragonscale chain maille weave. Took me a while to learn it, but now that I got going with it, I can't believe how easy it actually is.

Bracelet is in bronze and copper rings, all handcut with the jewelry saw one by one (*sigh I wish I had a Ringinator, alas maybe later in the year).

Here are a few pics of the finished piece. I might change the clasp though, as I'm not too happy with it.






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First Work in 2015 - Hodo Chainmaille Bracelet  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I took a small break from making jewelry last year, but I am back now, and here is the first piece I made this year. Copper/bronze chainmaille bracelet based on a weave called Hodo.

I wanted something simple yet stylish and visually appealing, and the Japanese family of weaves fits pretty well this criteria. The creator of this weave, if I'm not mistaken, is Rebeca Mojica, the author of the popular book Chained, which I have.

I do like this bracelet, but next time I will use smaller sizes for the small connecting rings for a tighter look.






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Copper Pendant After An Absence of 6 Months  

Monday, November 10, 2014

I've been away for about 6 months because for one, I kind of lost my mojo, and it didn't help that I had contact dermatitis on the right arm, which didn't really allow me to do any wire work (thank god it was summer as I wouldn't have been able to wear anything with long sleeves).

So here is my first pendant with a purple jasper wrapped in copper wire. It is based on a design by Julie Lockhart, with my own take on it. Not perfect, but I like it and this one is mine.




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Simple Soldered Silver Chain  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I love chain maille jewelry, but I wanted to have a simple, thin and light chain that I could wear all the time, day and night, without having to take it off when I go to sleep, for example. I remembered my soldering lessons from before, so this weekend I made this silver chain with some jump rings that I already had at hand. Not perfect, but I see my soldering is better than it was a few months ago when I gave it a previous try.

This one is mine :)



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Copper Pendant From A Free Tutorial  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Here is a quick copper pendant I made based on a tutorial from Fradany - she has a lot of useful and quite easy tutorials for wire wrapping.

The bead used with the copper wire is yellow agate with a speck of green in it, I love it.

Anyway, without further ado, here is the result.



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Back To Work Bronze Bracelet - Sort Of  

Monday, February 17, 2014

About a week ago I ordered from Beadsisters in the UK a kit for a bracelet weave called Clockwork. The rings were bronze and bright aluminum. The kit arrived and I made the bracelet within the day. It was very easy to do and fun as well. Here is what it looks like on my wrist:


Once I made it, I figured I would re-create it in sterling silver and bronze (personally I don't like aluminum except for learning a weave, plus I had a request from someone to make it using sterling silver). I cut my rings based on the specifications in the kit and got to work.

To my major surprise nothing matched, the bracelet was a bust. It turns out that since the weave creator didn't mention the type of wire gauge (AWG or SWG), I automatically assumed one of the two and of course, it was not that. Even worse, sterling silver has a different thickness compared to say bronze, so the same gauge (e.g. 18 gauge) is not the same in the two wire materials.

Sadly also mixing sterling with bronze won't work either, because the sizes simply don't match (AWG 18 gauge is not the same with SWG 16 gauge(. So here I am with a bunch of cut jumprings (some sterling silver too, which are not cheap, mind you) and can't make the bracelet again - not unless I use same color rings - which would really detract from the beauty of the wave, since it's really gorgeous in two colors, right?

Having all these jumprings in my stash, I did what some people in the chain maille group called 'lemonade from sour lemons'. I made a new bracelet, which apparently is called Back to Work (I did it from the image of an existing bracelet, not from a tutorial, before I found out what its name is).

So here is my today's lemonade...Back To Work bracelet in bronze. It's really light and fun to wear. I'll make it again, next time in sterling silver.






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YOJ 2014 - Week 2 and 3  

Monday, January 20, 2014

Since I jumped in again in the Year of Jewelry project, I've started making a new jewelry piece every week. Here are my entries for week 2 and 3.

Week 2: It's golden

This is a pendant I made loosely based on a free tutorial by Angelina Krell, it's quite tiny. I like how the copper shimmers against the blue background.



Week 3: Circular logic

Well, my latest piece certainly matches the theme of the week, it's all circular up and down and middle too. It's made from the latest wire wrapping book that I bought at Amazon (was published in 2013) by Kaska Fior called Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry. Love it so far, it really has some cool modern designs that I just have to make!





And since I mentioned the wire wrapping book that I bought which I used to make this second piece , here is the cover. I can't wait to make the bracelet shown there, it's amazing!



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Camelot Chain Maille Necklace  

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Here is my first work in 2014 (actually started the last few days of 2013, but finished it just now), a copper and bronze necklace in Camelot chain maille weave, which is basically starting from the helm chain, going through Celtic Vision and with a few extra rings, turning into Camelot, a weave originally created by PrairieGal.

It's quite a heavy necklace, but it sits wonderfully on the neck. The larger rings are bronze, and the smaller ones copper. All rings handcut with a jewelry saw (that partially why it took so long to made this necklace).

Here are a few photos of it.





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Helm Flower Chain Maille Set  

Thursday, December 26, 2013

This helm flower chain maille set (the weave is also called parallel flower chain maille) was my Christmas gift to myself. I made it on Christmas Eve to wear it during the Christmas lunch at hubby's sister's.

It is made of sterling silver and copper rings (all handcut from wire) and it's quite an elegant set, even though I couldn't capture it so well in the photos.

Easy to make, it took 2 ring sizes. Here are some of the photos of the set.




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Full Persian Chain Maille Bracelet  

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

I miss chain maille, haven't done it in several months, so when my fingers started to itch for picking up the pliers and rings, I gave in. And here is the result, a Full Persian bracelet with bright aluminum rings ordered a long time ago from The Ring Lord. I might make another one in sterling silver, but with smaller rings, to be more feminine so to speak. I find the Full Persian weave quite chunky and more for guys than gals.

So here are a few photos of what I made 2 days ago.






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