My favorite jewelry to make is Chain Maille. It is beautiful (hard to make Chain Maille that is ugly) long lasting, strong and has endless patterns to use.
Many people have asked "It looks hard. How do you do that?". Well, I've never said it was easy to do. My standard answer is, "It is done Ring by Ring". Thus my business name, Ring by Ring Designs.
The next best thing I enjoy is teaching others how to make Chain Maille. Last week I taught the pattern Half Persian at Beadcache in Mansfield, MA. It is not really a hard pattern, just hard to start. So, once started (with a few hints) it moves right along. They finished within the two hour class which included some detours along the way. One finished bracelet is shown above and the other here:
Made with both copper and silver rings it is stunning. Suitable for both women and men with just a few changes. Notice the start of some earrings, too.
One of the best things I like about Chain Maille patterns is how just a few changes can make a very different look.
Here is the same pattern made with square wire rings. (The rings are made with square wire but are still round)
And here is one in all silver and with smaller wire rings. Looks very different, doesn't it?
In today's mail, I received more rings that I recently ordered. I will use them to make Chain Maille earrings.
This is the first time I've ordered Aluminum rings. The rings required are quite big and in silver would be many $'s! So this is a trial to see if I like the pattern. Once I've made a pair, I can decide if they will be good in silver or maybe I can make the pattern in smaller rings. Ah, the designing life! Stay tuned.
Until next time,