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« on: December 26, 2009 08:53:29 PM »



for christmas, i made my mom a bracelet and some earrings from jewelery workshop's chainmail kits. i did the japanese 6-in-1 (actually doubled 6-in-1, but i'll call it what they call it. Cheesy) bracelet and earrings sets.


japanese 6-in-1 lattice earrings



japanese 6-in-1 flower earrings. these are depicted on the package as each having two flower units, but i was halfway through the second flower on the first earring and realized it would be too long and too heavy for my mom's usual taste in earrings.

doing the one flower motif per earring also helped because, even though i had the kits since october, i was putting them together two days before christmas. Cheesy



double flower earrings. these weren't in the kit. however, these kits provide enough rings that one may adjust the size of the item one is making, so that i had a lot of rings left over. yeah, the small rings were a tight fit, but the doubled flower pattern is one of my favorites for jump ring jewelery. Cheesy

i also made the matching japanese 6-in-1 bracelet, but i don't have any pictures of that, as i finished it up right before i had to wrap it. Cheesy yup, i'm such a slacker.
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2009 12:31:28 AM »

Looks great!  Hope your mom liked them.
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2009 07:29:08 AM »

oh yeah! she loves them. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2009 08:12:20 AM »

those are great! i want those flower ones!!
what a lucky mom you have!
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2009 09:33:26 AM »

I LOVE those flower ones..that pattern is what is going to get me to learn chainmail Smiley

Beautiful work and nicely photographed!
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2009 04:01:35 PM »

thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2009 05:30:04 PM »

April, the flower pattern is really easy!  But chainmaille is super, super addictive once you start Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2009 12:24:45 PM »

So pretty!  After many years wearing only diamond studs, I find myself looking at (and wanting!) some fun, different earrings.  These really caught my eye!  Are you sure that they're not terribly difficult?
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2009 07:02:30 PM »

if you have experience with jewelerymaking, it's pretty darn easy. Smiley i'd think even if it's your first jewelery project, it wouldn't be too hard. the directions in the kit i used were very easy.

two pieces of advice - use two pairs of pliers (instead of one pair and the supplied jump ring opener) and keep the work over your work surface at all times (i kept dropping it when i made the center ring of each flower.)
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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2009 03:04:39 PM »

Very nice! I bet your mom loved 'em!

Keep up the great work!
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