Yeah, I think a 3 to 4 pointer would be good. That way you could choose to make one big item or a couple of smaller ones, depending on your expertise. I'm excited that so many people are interested! I too would like to know where supplies are got.
count me in! If you wouldnt mind sharing, where do you get your supplies from? i've got the wire tools, for jewlery making, and wire sculpting, but not sure if thats what you use. where do you get the rings from?
i remember freshman year my history teacher wanted us to make chainmaille pieces for a week or two. we all felt like it was slave labor but when everyone put the piece they made together with everyone elses, we were amazed at how awesome it was!
i've always "meant" to get back to learning chainmaille, but never did for some reason. Please keep me updated!
To the both of you, I personally get my supplies from http://www.theringlord.com
and from my friend who taught me how to do chainmaille and explains to me how to do new weaves I want to try and all sorts of neat stuff. However, The Ring Lord can get a bit expensive at times, and the shipping is slow and painful because it comes from Canada.
You can actually buy bags of rings at places like JoAnns and maybe some Walmarts, but I've heard that the quality is better if you go to suppliers like the Ring Lord, or you make them yourself.
If you have a pair of round nosed pliers, you can make earring hooks yourself along with small charms and other bits, and if you have something like a dowel, or even a pencil if you're desperate and some wire cutters, you can make the rings yourself using a roll of wire, which you can get from a hardware store or really anywhere that sells it. ^_^
It can end up being much cheaper to make the rings yourself, but if you don't have the time or you want to experiment with sizes/metals/etc and see what you like and dislike then picking up some random bags of jump rings or going through a distributor may be the way to go.
If there's a special type of metal you're looking for, you could probably find some other good distributors online.
I would definitely be interested as well. I've been weaving for several years now. I'm actually making a 4-in-1 shirt out of 4mm jump rings for the poppet I'm sending in the Plethora of Poppets swap.
That's really epic! I'm working on a 4 in 1 stretchy bracelet for my aunt right now along with a 4 in 1 with some normal hanging bits with scales headdress for my 3ft tall poppet. ^___^
I could do mid August. Maybe we could just have one item that we make, that way we don't have to worry about the whole point system.
That could be interesting as well... ^__^ Planning on making that dragon inlay?
I am really glad that there is this much interest in this!!
Oh, and since above there was the subject of my supplier, I realized it might be good to point this out as well....
If there's anyone who has incredible metal allergies, then I'd recommend using niobium for their chainmaille crafty bits. Niobium is more expensive, but not only is it incredibly beautiful (Anodized niobium comes in amazing colors), it is hypoallergenic.
From what I've seen so far with people I know who have light allergies or aversions to metals, aluminum and anodized aluminum seems to work quite well and not cause any allergic reactions or turn the skin green.
If you use copper, be prepared for green skin! LOL I have a beautiful ring made by my friend, it's made from copper and dark blue anodized niobium (I don't have any allergies to metal, but niobium has a very nice feel to it, especially in a ring, it's a comfortable metal) and everytime I wear it, my finger turns green due to the copper haha.