Wednesday, May 6, 2009

And Then There Was Chain Maille...

When I started making jewelry, the one thing I said I did not want to do was make one particular style of jewelry, for one particular audience. I also said I wanted to explore other things and learn about the different techniques, which I've done by taking classes and purchasing books. I love working with different types of beads, chain, and wire..but then there's chain maille! For those of you who know me well, you know I am not a fan of making it myself, but I think the finished pieces are absolutely beautiful! It's the tedious work involved that drives me to another project. However, having said that, I still indulge in at least 2-3 chain maille projects a year..that's just about enough for my fingers and patience.If you don't know what I'm talking about, chain maille is a technique that involves intertwining jump ring, after jump ring until you have a finished project with two pairs of pliers. If you don't do it often, its torture on your fingers. But I have a few friends who love the technique and they typically can do one or two projects, while watching television, they find it mesmorizing.

This past weekend, I picked up two kits while at BeadFest, one earring project and a necklace. Tonight I completed the earrings, so I guess it will be another 6 months til I tackle the necklace. If you'd like to really see some beautiful chain maille jewelry using other techniques, check out a fellow jewelry maker, Gladys Ruediger at Silver and Spice Jewelry. Then drop back by here and leave a comment and let me know your favorite design from her site.

Unveiling and intertwining,
Dee

8 comments:

Vicki Bensinger said...

I love those earrings Dee, they are so much fun. I am sure that your necklace will be beautiful. If you start on it now you never know, you might have it done in a few days.

Runako Designs by Dee said...

Thanks Vicki,
I could try doing it during soccer practice, that would at least give me two more weeks!! LOL

Maria said...

So pretty, Dee! I'm having fun with the chain maille myself.

Runako Designs by Dee said...

It's grueling, but so pretty!

Robin R. - Pampered Chef Consultant said...

Your earrings are beautiful. I just love chain maille! I went to that site you recommended & my favorite design is the Open Roundmaille with Swarovski crystals. I have never seen anything like that. It is simply amazing! She does fabulous work too.

Runako Designs by Dee said...

Thanks Robin, and Glady's is so so talented!

Trish said...

Oh Noooooo! I know about chain maille! Yikes...I can make my clasps/do other wire designing. But, chaine maille? I love your earrings. My favorite at Silver and Spice was the full persian chain maille bracelet with siam box clasp! I love pieces that go dressy or casual. Her work is amazing! I'm still in awe.

Dee said...

Thanks Trish, you're right, chain maille is beautiful, i just don't have the tolerance for it, but I do enjoy completing one or two pieces a year.

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