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Topic: My Little Chainmaille (first try)  (Read 1582 times)
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« on: July 04, 2011 12:00:25 AM »

Made this necklace as practice for the Great Chainmaille Swap! It's a craft I've been wanting to try for a while. I love how swaps push me to try new crafts.

The weave is called "Shaggy Loops" and I found the tutorial on http://cgmaille.com/. It was easy and addicting! I've already been out twice for more rings.

I used two of the the $5 packets of jump rings at Michaels. They're copper-based with a hematite finish, 18 gauge. I noticed while I was there today that they now have a different line of multicolored, aluminum rings too (3.99 for 150 of the same size rather than 4.99 for 250 of two different sizes).

It's about choker-length, maybe a bit longer. All the rings are the same size. I found the awesome closure in my stash and thought it fit the style of the necklace really well.

Thanks for looking! Now I have a new craft addiction Smiley It's really good for doing in front of the TV.

« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2011 12:25:36 AM »

What a great name and it suits the style so well too. I like those colours and the whole necklace looks great.

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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2011 07:17:13 AM »

Neat pattern. Awesome that this was your first try!

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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2011 02:40:51 PM »

This is totally inspiring Smiley I love it!!

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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2011 03:22:51 PM »

Thanks! In hindsight, I've been trying some more difficult weaves and have decided I'm not so addicted to it after all...Tongue

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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2011 09:12:07 AM »

Thanks! In hindsight, I've been trying some more difficult weaves and have decided I'm not so addicted to it after all...Tongue

that's so funny that you're not so addicted!  those of us who are, are, and become addicted at the first weave.  shaggy loops isn't really a weave...it's chain, not maille (and was created by my friend , the owner of metaldesignz in canada).  maille can be a bit more difficult, but if you learn euro 4 in 1 first, that's a great building block for the european weaves.  then you learn japanese 6 in 1 and learn the japanese weaves , and so on.  then you start creating your own weaves and on and on!  LOL.

what you've done is chain making, and a really fine job.  people tend to call "it" chainmaille when it isn't.  chain is round and 3-d if you will; maille is flat and mesh (maille is the french word for mesh, hence the word).

don't be discouraged, but also, don't worry...there are plenty of other addictions, so if chain and maille are not it...you'll find others.


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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2011 01:11:20 AM »

I like that in the hematite color! That's one pattern/weave/whatever you want to call it that I've never tried, simply because I was afraid it would look to sloppy. But it fits with the color of the rings.

I agree with what funkyjunkdesigns said, too--I'm only a beginner as well, and it's a lot more fun to work on smaller and simpler weaves first.  I like the box chain and byzantine. 
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2011 01:55:17 PM »

I really like how this turned out.  I may need to look into getting some rings, even if this is not-quite-chain mail, I'm more project oriented anyway ;-P

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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2011 10:47:25 AM »

Haha, Phong is awesome! (The guy that owns CGMaille) And might I suggest either going though a specialty ring supplier or going to welding shops/feedstores/other places that sell wire?  C&T, TRL, Blue Buddha... There are loads of them around.  You'll get your rings at a better cost and they are generally better quality than the tiny packets of craftstore rings, which tend to be a mystery metal and just... @-@  You know? Haha.

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