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orangesandjello
« on: August 12, 2011 09:00:33 PM »

I've been interested in chainmail jewelry for a while so I finally decided to do some research into it and get myself some supplies. I'm really enjoying it so far and I need to stop myself from just going and buying tons of rings. Anyways, this is what I've made so far.

I really love rainbows. Can you tell? The choker is two different sized helm chains and the bracelet is a captive inverted round chain.

This bracelet was my very first completed piece. I had to start over on it because the first time I made it I was putting in two captive rings in each "cage" and it made it so stiff that it couldn't move at all so I had to start over with one ring in each. All in all, I really liked doing this weave and I wanna try doing it again.

I made these last night. Took me about an hour but a lot of that was just me dropping rings all over the place.

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2011 11:09:49 PM »

This is awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2011 11:56:49 PM »

They're all great, but I love the bracelet.  I'm glad the new craft is working out for you.
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2011 08:39:07 AM »

very cool! captive inverted round was one of the first weaves I made, I loved the look of it so much - also, byzantine, which looks awesome, but is pretty clunky. You've done such a great job ... the rainbow effect really brings out the weave in the inverted.
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2011 09:42:50 PM »

Love them!  I've been wanting totry it out myself.  Hope my first attempts turn out as gorgeous as yours!
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2011 07:37:51 AM »

Very cute and bright!
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2011 08:06:03 PM »

Love them!  I've been wanting totry it out myself.  Hope my first attempts turn out as gorgeous as yours!
Thanks so much!
You definitely should try it! I got the hang of it a lot faster than I thought I would. You just have to go slow until you get the hang of the weave. Also there's some great tutorials at http://www.cgmaille.com/ and http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com/ has some really good resources for starting out.
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2011 10:25:58 AM »

Chainmaille is my anti-drug.  I'm too addicted to try other drugs. =P 

Closures look good, but I noticed some marks on the anodized/enameled (You didn't specify, but in any case, the colored) rings.  If you just hold them in your pliers, don't squeeze, just hold and bend, you'll have a better time of it and not mar the rings. 

And I was much amused by Myrdda's comment... Byz is clunky but CIR is not? Haha!  Besides, Byz isn't clunky if you use tiny rings. =]
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2011 05:36:22 PM »

Chainmaille is my anti-drug.  I'm too addicted to try other drugs. =P 

Closures look good, but I noticed some marks on the anodized/enameled (You didn't specify, but in any case, the colored) rings.  If you just hold them in your pliers, don't squeeze, just hold and bend, you'll have a better time of it and not mar the rings. 

And I was much amused by Myrdda's comment... Byz is clunky but CIR is not? Haha!  Besides, Byz isn't clunky if you use tiny rings. =]
They're anodized. And that's probably because my pliers have teeth. Sometime soon I'm gonna go out and get myself some pliers without teeth. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2011 04:14:41 AM »

the braclet is gorgeous... totally worth the effort
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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2011 08:24:44 PM »

I learned something new today...This is really neat and cool...You did a great job..
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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2011 08:52:54 PM »

Just over the weekend I discovered chainmaille and love the possibilities.  My first project is similar to your earrings but as a bracelet.  Very easy but I'm not a fan of the aluminum rings that I used.  They aren't very nice ones and don't join well.  There are gaps because of the way they were cut.  Will definitely be getting better rings and doing some more weaves.  I also love rainbows so really, really like your pieces.  Here's my first try at chainmaille.

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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2011 10:05:20 PM »

PeachieClean, 'tis a lie! I've caught you drugging it up with wire as well Wink I have a ring as proof of it Tongue

Beautiful pieces! I love love LOVE the rainbows. Cheesy I actually havent tried helm or captive round yet
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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2011 02:56:01 PM »

Thanks everyone!

@heyitzme37: Isn't chainmail great? I like your bracelet! I've found that the best place to get rings are some of the more reputable online stores. I was at a craft store today and decided to look at the small selection of rings they had and they just looked awful. They were done with a pinch cutter and there were scratches all over the colored rings.
Good luck with your future chainmailing!
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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2011 05:29:33 PM »

Thats quite amazing!
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« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2011 08:41:13 PM »

It's all so beautiful.  I love how colorful it all is.  Great job for your first try.  I gave up after my cat spilled my rings about 100 times. 
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« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2011 04:01:09 PM »

So inspiring! Your work is lovely!
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« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2011 04:10:11 PM »

WOW!!!!! How did you do that??
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« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2011 10:25:52 PM »

Okay...I totally just let out a little *squee* of happy when I saw this. I don't do chainmaile , but am in awe of those who do. And these are so much FUN!!!!!!! I love your colors. These are so bright and happy! Awesome job.

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