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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tut: How to Make a Washer Chainmaille Bracelet [REALLY photo HEAVY HEAVY!!!] on: July 08, 2009 09:35:16 PM
Okay, as I said in my previous thread on hardware jewelry, my new kick is using hardware in my jewelry designs - I mean nuts, washers, etc. I was inspired by Hardwear: Jewelry from a Toolbox by Hannah Rogge, but I found the designs too 'basic' for my tastes. So I began to play around.

First was my Nutsy Key Necklace. Now it's chainmaille made with jumprings and washers. Basic European 4-in-1 jewelry weave, only the center rings are washers! It turned out way cool - even my husband, who usually is indifferent to my craftings and jewelry makings ['Hon, I can only see 5 colors, remember?'], said he liked it! It has a cool slinky feeling to it. I would have prefered a toggle clasp, but I didn't have any, so lobster claw it was.

So here it is, the Washer Chainmaille Bracelet:



Here's the somewhat blurry close-up so you can see the weave pattern. Really basic, just like I promised.



What do you all think?

Bekka
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Rosie the Riveter Altered Graphics (2 lg graphics!) on: July 08, 2009 01:23:53 AM
I took the old Rosie the Riveter poster from WWII (public domain!) and modified it. The mods are public domain also (so says I!!! Grin). I want to share them, and didn't know where to put this thread (mods -feel free to move it if I'm in the wrong place...  Tongue)

Anyway - spread them around - use them to link to your etsy shop or whatever!!! Make buttons!! Have fun with them!!!  Cheesy





I'll make more if people want them.... Suggestions as to what she should say?

Bekka
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Chain Mail(le) Weaves - Tutorial Site on: July 07, 2009 10:02:11 AM
I found a really useful site if you are interested in making chain mail jewelry - it has nice, well done tutorials for a large variety of different weaves. Lots of pictures and the tutorials are marked with difficulty levels. [Personally I can't wait to try 'Rhinos Snorting Drano Weave... but with washers as some of the links.....]

http://www.cgmaille.com and click on 'Tutorials'.

Also, if you don't want to make the rings yourself, Firemountain Gems carries a wide variety of regular and colored aluminum rings in a variety of sizes as well as rubber 'o' rings....

Bekka
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24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hardware Jewelry #1: Nutsy Key Necklace on: July 06, 2009 08:44:27 PM
Okay, my new kick is using hardware in my jewelry designs - I mean nuts, washers, etc. I was inspired by Hardwear: Jewelry from a Toolbox by Hannah Rogge, but I found the designs too 'basic' for my tastes. So I began to play around.

I did find that lock washers look a bit like cogs and lend themselves to Steampunk-esque designs. Our local discount hardware store [Harbor Freight] carries plastic boxes of washer assortments and assortments of small springs. I'm 'gearing' up for a big round of experimenting soon!

But here is my first necklace, the 'Nutsy Key Necklace':




What do you all think? I'm hoping to sell it at the flea market this weekend.

Bekka
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