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Topic: Chain Maille Pendants (byzantine weave)  (Read 2844 times)
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« on: November 18, 2007 04:05:01 PM »

I dusted off my "Chains by Becky" book, and was inspired to make some byzantine pendants.  What do you think?







To see the book (a very good intro to chain maille by the way):http://theringlord.com/cart/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=9&cat=instructions
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2007 04:20:26 PM »

Absolutely Gorgeous!  I love silver!
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I can't believe those were homemade! I adore them, both of them.  They're so gorgeous.
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2007 05:49:22 PM »

Ooo! Those are so beautiful! I've made byzantine chains before, but I never even thought about pendants. Great job, and thanks for the inspiration  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2007 05:56:09 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2007 06:06:34 PM »

Actually, that book is really tough for Americans as she uses unusual wire sizes.

One of the best places to learn chainmaille patterns, is at

http://www.mailleartisans.org

Most of the "biggies" in the chainmail world (yes, I'm spelling chain mail in all of its incarnations!) post weaves there.

Another fabulous learning device are Spider's DVDs.  I wish they had been around when I learned maille.

http://www.spiderchain.com
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so when I first glanced at this I saw Chain mail and thought of those stupid e-mails you get saying if you dont send it to 10 people then some random boy will kill you yada yada....but when the pretty picture loaded I was like OHHHH....CHAINMIAL. ...haha...I love the top one...
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2007 06:40:29 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2007 07:49:08 AM »

I love them. I want them. I want to make them. <immediately googles instructions>
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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2007 04:16:57 PM »

Actually, that book is really tough for Americans as she uses unusual wire sizes.

On it's own this is true, however The Ring Lord, http:///www.theringlord.com, has posted a really nice cheat sheet to convert her gauges to the ones we more commonly use, see here: http://theringlord.com/images/products/Instructions/cbbinsert.htm

He sends it along with the book.  The Ring Lord is also a very good ring supplier if you don't make your own.

And yes I would highly recommend checking out MAIL (http://www.mailleartisans.org) as also mentioned by funkydesigns, however most of the tutorials there do not mention the aspect ratios (ARs) of the rings used, so if you'd like to recreate those weaves, you will have to experiment with wire gauges and inside ring diameters (how AR is calculated).  This can be very intimidating and frustrating for a newcomer.

In light of this, I still highly recommend Becky's book (in concert with The Ring Lord's "cheat sheet") for anyone interesting in learning several chain maille weaves.  It is one of the few places that you can find all the information you need to start weaving without too much experimentation.
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