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« on: December 18, 2005 01:48:17 PM »

Well, I got inspired by some of hawkwolfs stuff and ordered what seemed like a billion rings.  After a lot of playing and a really sore neck, I finished my christmas presents what do you think?

This one I'm keeping...


I made two simple two on two chains...



I tried the ever popular byzantine in some cool colors!



This is pretty much freeform..a one on one chain and a little playing at the bottom then a simple glass bead at the bottom


And finally..a bracelet made of O-rings...interesting Roll Eyes


Hope you like them...thanks for looking! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2005 02:08:49 PM »

Those are absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the blue and yellow one and the one with the glass bead pendant. Great work!!!
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2005 02:10:35 PM »

That's the purdiest chain maille I've ever seen! Nice work.
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2005 02:41:25 PM »

I dig the bracelet, and the magenta on purple/blue necklace... I know this is probably written all over already, but where'dya buy the rings?
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2005 02:59:43 PM »

I **love** these!  They are stunning and funky without being 'all over the place'.  I would love to make some (or maybe even buy one!).  Can you describe the materials and tools used?  Congratulations on producing something magnificent!
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2005 03:10:05 PM »

they look great! Where did you get the links?
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2005 06:31:50 PM »

Thanks everyone!  I usually do beads so this is a first time experiment for me.  The rings are from www.theringlord.com
I got 16 guage 1/4 inch ID Anodized aluminum rings.  I used jewelry pliers and silicone covered straight pliers.  I put tape on the jewelry pliers because the finish on the aluminum scrapes off if you slip (and I slipped alot!).
I got most of my patterns from http://derakon.chainmailstore.com/inst.html
he has great instructions.  It looks really complicated at first but the more you practice, the easier it gets (isn't that true for everything Grin)
I didn't really have the right pliers...I needed chain nose pliers (you can buy those from ringlord) so I think it was harder than necessary. 
You can buy the rings in different guages..these were fairly thick so I couldn't really do some of the more intricate patterns that I would have liked so the next set of rings I'll get will include some thinner guages.
Just so you know...I ordered $60 worth of rings and made 8 necklaces, 3 bracelets and ten sets of chinese jacks (presents for all the kids in the family) so as far as expense....pretty cheap.
The ring lord has a great selection but although I put a rush on the order and had it shipped priority, it still took over two weeks.  They're located in Canada and I'm in Hawaii so that may have something to do with it.
Anyway...sorry to go on so long.  thanks for all the compliments! Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2005 07:01:06 AM »

Gorgeous!!!

I need to get off my butt and buy some 16g aluminum, I have a bad habbit of buying ennameled copper from the craft store, and they only have up to 18g.  The 16g looks chunkier and more awesome!

How hard was the aluminum to work with?

Oh, and you should look into getting this coating they have for pliers for working with metals that can get marred or scratched.  I think www.friemountaingems.com sells it.
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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2005 01:47:22 PM »

I'm very impressed.

 I've been wondering about the chain-links- I'd assume that they're thicker than regular jump rings, so would they be harder open and close?
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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2005 03:57:24 PM »

The aluminum was pretty easy to work with even though it was thick guage.  The trick is definitely twisting your wrist and not trying to muscle it.  But for example, the two on two necklaces (purple and blue, and gold and blue) only took me a little less than an hour to do from start to finish and contain about 112 rings.  I usually make seed bead necklaces that take about three hours so this was pretty fast and easy.
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