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« on: June 04, 2008 11:20:05 PM »

Byzantine is by far my favorite chainmaille weave. It works with a number of aspect ratios and by changing pieces of the pattern you can create lots of different looks. This is a remake of a necklace I've had for many years now. A long time ago I received a quarter with a hole in it as change at a garage sale. I did not buy it, it was change. That's the best part. So of course, it had to become a necklace! I found a hematite bead necklace not long after, and wore it alllll the time. Eventually it started to fray, and for fear of losing the best found charm, I stopped wearing the necklace. Finally I finished this new chain for it. The rings are all aluminum. I forget the sizes but I think it's 18 gauge wire, with two different size rings for more flexibility and a different look. Now for the pictures!

The above is a "camo" shot, and a detail of the chain. As you can see, the hole is not quite centered on the quarter.

Here's my neck so you can get a sense of the size. Action shot!

I have lots of links (haha) to different chainmaille sites, pm me if you're interested in picking up this amazing craft. You can also check out my club's metalworks website that I made, but I won't post a link because I'm not sure if that follows procedure. Correct me if I'm wrong, then I'll post it, otherwise just pm me. Hope you like it as much as I do. Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2008 12:17:49 AM »

this is awesome!!! I totally want one! Although I am more of a dime kind of gal... so dainty and nice... Cheesy this is seriously cool, I'm hitting this rocks Smiley

The best part definitely is that you got the quarter as change. The maille is really well done, I dated a guy who was super into metal work and he showed me some basic stuff but I kinda got out of my jewelry making phase and haven't tried it in a while. I might have to try something like this though Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2008 06:12:07 AM »

The chain is fab!
Do you think someone drilled the whole in the coin to try the "coin on string" trick, to get their money back?  Cheesy
Together they look great!
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2008 06:12:56 AM »

neato! i have a bag of mutilated change under my bed and i'm positive i have coins with holes in them that i may just have to do this to! most of them are pennies...poor lincoln can't seem to not get shot in the head.
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2008 08:17:48 AM »

Thanks guys! Working with metal has always attracted me (shiny!), and chainmaille is a really easy way of getting into it. Plus it is so much faster than using seed beads to make jewelry. Anodized aluminum is my favorite to work with, even though it rubs off eventually, it starts out looking fabulous. (iPod minis were anodized aluminum, that's how you make 'em colors.)
The other great thing (for me) is it's a Denver mint quarter, which I don't see too many of on the East Coast. And my uncle lives in Denver. It's a little memento.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2008 08:34:43 AM »

Wow! Love them!
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