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« on: March 23, 2008 05:28:08 PM »

I saw a similar project in a recent issue of a wire jewelry magazine.  This is my twist to it.  This is actually my first time making an inverted round chain, let alone a captive, or orbital version of it.  Instead of other rings, beads are captured in the middle of the chain.  I used some fire polished crystals I have, and they are trapped quite nicely in the chain.  Also, found that the chain feels nice and smooth on my arm, and decided to make it totally connected, with no ends or fastenings, so it just rolls smoothly on and off.

I have some really nice deep red crystals that would look really nice done like this, and a deep purple, so I think I will make a few more versions of it.  It turned out to be easier than I expected.











Here is a link to both the inverted round chain, and the captive inverted round, using rings inside the chain (as opposed to beads)

http://mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.cgi?key=9949


http://mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.cgi?key=7793
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2008 05:43:29 PM »

Very pretty I like the way the blue looks in the bracelet  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2008 05:48:21 PM »

gorgeous!  I am always so jealous of people who can do chainmail!
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2008 05:48:43 PM »

I really love this - great job!  It would look lovely with all kinds of different colored beads (or even a multicolored one)!  Do you sell your work? Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2008 05:51:30 PM »

That is a beautiful braclet, I think it would be just stunning in the red!
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2008 05:59:49 PM »

That's beautiful! I've never attempted anything so complicated.

You did a wonderful job!!!


Um...can I have it? lol
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2008 06:06:12 PM »

What size jump rings did you use?  Just curious..I make maille too, and looooove that design
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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2008 06:15:24 PM »

Wow, thats really gorgeous. Do you have a link to the technique used? I've never done chainmaille, but I've always been intrigued by it. Maybe this would actually get my butt in gear!! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2008 07:07:59 PM »

well done, it looks great.
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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2008 07:29:02 PM »

Stunning! I would love to see various crystals captured in chainmaille, this just looks beautiful.

And I bet if just feels great  Kiss
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« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2008 07:41:30 PM »

OMG! thats awesome! I'm going to make one right now! Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2008 08:17:00 PM »

wow, that's very pretty yet bold!
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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2008 09:28:32 PM »

Beautiful! I have chain maille on my list of things to learn, and seeing your piece is very motivating!
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« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2008 01:49:12 AM »

It is absolutely beautiful!!!!
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« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2008 07:39:29 AM »

Mine didn't turn out as good as yours, but I still like it. I had some problems because I used cheap beads. They were different sizes, so I had to dig through them to find the right size. But here is my attempt at it...
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« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2008 09:43:30 AM »

So pretty!!!
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« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2008 12:04:29 PM »

Holy gorgeous, that's a lovely bracelet!  I vote YES for the red crystals, and I think an intense green would look good, too.
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« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2008 12:05:48 PM »

Mine didn't turn out as good as yours, but I still like it. I had some problems because I used cheap beads. They were different sizes, so I had to dig through them to find the right size. But here is my attempt at it...


Very nice - but is that a foxtail chain?

I like the contrast of the black with the metal.
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« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2008 12:15:20 PM »

Just added links in the original post to Maille Artisan's site, for how to do the inverted round, and the captive inverted round for those interested.

Thanks for your comments.

I wore it all last night and it was comfortable that I had to check several times that it did not slide off.  I wore it to work, and it was sturdy enough that it has not slipped off or broken off my wrist (my work is pretty physical at times).
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« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2008 02:00:53 PM »

Totally awesome!!  My sis was visiting and peeked when I was looking at this and was really impressed (so was I).  I think I'm gonna have to try to make this for her.  Smiley 

BTW what size rings did you use and what size were the crystals?  Thanks!!
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« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2008 02:15:39 PM »

Totally awesome!!  My sis was visiting and peeked when I was looking at this and was really impressed (so was I).  I think I'm gonna have to try to make this for her.  Smiley 

BTW what size rings did you use and what size were the crystals?  Thanks!!

I think they are 6mm rings (inside diameter 4 mm), and 4mm crystals.
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« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2008 02:33:32 PM »

Totally awesome!!  My sis was visiting and peeked when I was looking at this and was really impressed (so was I).  I think I'm gonna have to try to make this for her.  Smiley 

BTW what size rings did you use and what size were the crystals?  Thanks!!

I think they are 6mm rings (inside diameter 4 mm), and 4mm crystals.

Thank you!!!  I'm super excited to try this.  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2008 03:35:17 PM »

Beautiful!! I love it!
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« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2008 07:00:10 PM »

That is gorgeous! If you ever need someone to model it for you in GA, I'll be willing do to it  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2008 07:40:20 AM »

This is LOVELY!!  I adore the blue beads in between, shades of blue are some of my fave colors Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: March 25, 2008 08:04:17 AM »

That is gorgeous!  Thank you for the links, they were very clear.  I can't wait to try this!
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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2008 08:51:26 AM »

that's just beautiful; i'm really impressed!  it looks so difficult to make!
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« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2008 09:51:26 AM »

That is very pretty. I actually made a rosary like that. But the beads kept falling out. How do you keep yours from falling out?
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« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2008 02:30:01 AM »

That is very pretty. I actually made a rosary like that. But the beads kept falling out. How do you keep yours from falling out?

I think you need to make sure that the bead is not significantly smaller than your inside diameter of the ring.  Here they were the same size.  Bigger and you may not be able to do the chain around it.
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« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2008 04:25:00 AM »

This is so beautiful. I think that the red would look great. Or even a deep royal purple colour too..!

I hope to eventually be able to make something half as good.! haha
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