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Topic: chain maille & swarovski tutorial (looking for)  (Read 833 times)
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« on: July 04, 2008 11:31:15 PM »

I remember seeing a long time ago a tutorial SOMEWHERE on the net for a chain maille weave that had captured swarovski beads inside . . . like there was nothing through the beads, the weave went around them and trapped them. But, man, i have no idea where I found it! I really wanted to try maille and remember that was a beginner project . . . can someone help?Huh?
I even can picture the photo in my mind . . . the beads were blue!

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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2008 07:51:57 PM »

It's captive inverted maille or open roundmaille.    I use inverted, but others use open maille. you can capture anything that fits...other rings, swaros, beads, pearls.

Here's a tute using rings, just use the proper sized rings or crystals to fit.

This one "cheats" and strings the crystals on the wire, then does open roundmaille.

We purists prefer captive inverted roundmaille.  It's tougher but more satisfying.

He starts the weave in the traditional way, which can be a bit tough, even if you've mailled.  I have a little trick to starting it, use a pen or pencil and tape on 3 rings.  Then start the weave.  After that, just hold it down, and you'll know exactly what rings to weave.


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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2008 03:43:59 AM »

thanks so much! that's exactly what i'm looking for

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