April 2014 archive

Quick Chainmaille Necklace

This morning after breakfast, I had a half an hour and decided to try making a very quick chainmaille weave necklace. The pattern is called Japanese Lace, and it was a very simple version. In almost no time at all, I had a fun little sterling silver pendant. I rummaged around in my jewelry box for a chain to hang it from and was done.  :   )

japanese-lace-necklace

Chainmaille Jewelry

I’ve been puttering around teaching myself how to make chainmaille (or chainmail) jewelry. Online tutorials, books, purchasing of tools and cheap jump rings, practicing making various types of weaves. It’s all been great fun, except for when the pliers slip and I jam my own hand with the pointed ends.

I finally couldn’t wait any longer, bought some sterling silver jump rings, and made my first actual bracelet, in what is called an orbital ring weave. I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I’ve included a full picture and a details photo below. Looking at them, I think maybe I should learn photography, since they are oddly shiny and fuzzy. Ah well…

Detail of sterling silver chain mail bracelet Orbital Ring Chain Mail Bracelet