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Sculptural Jewelry, Contemporary Beadwork, and Jewelry Making

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I’ve been obsessed with learning to create sculptural beadwork jewelry.

Ever since I received my copy of Kate McKinnon‘s Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, I’ve been spending most of my free time learning the basic principles taught in the book and adapting them so I can create my own designs.

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Here’s an example:

I started by learning to create the triangular ring you can see on my index finger. Then, using the principles I learned by creating the simple ring, I created a more dramatic ring you can see on my ring ringer.

I also went a step further . . .

To make the ring extra shiny and rock-solid, I decided to glaze the ring

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After that, using the same basic (but modified) principle and using different kinds of beads, I ended up creating this bracelet.

I’m still not 100% happy with it. So, I’m going to spend some time improving it.

You can see my behind the scene and work-in-progress pictures in my Instagram or my Tumblr photo blog.

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Anyway, when I was trying to finish making this bracelet, I could see the possibility of making mini top hats & tricorne hats using these same methods.  It’s gonna be a few months before I can create a decent beadwork hat; but, I’m so excited.

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Next Saturday: New Directions, New Designs, and Updated Classics.

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Have an awesome weekend, guys!!!

-joyce of Angelica Brigade

Moving towards a different direction: Creating simpler & more wearble pieces

Hey guys,

I listed two new bracelets on my Etsy shop today.

As you’ll see (below), these pieces are a lot simpler than my usual designs (such as this one).

They are also much more wearable in the sense that we can wear it pretty much anytime we want (even on a daily basis) with pretty much anything we want.

 Bold & Chunky Antiqued Brass Chain Maille Bracelet / Cuff by AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Vertebrae Weave Chainmaille jewelry Chainmail Jewellery

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Timeless, aren’t they? They’ll never look dated, even a few years from now. And yes, they are lovingly-constructed to last for years.

Update (March 12, 2013): These bracelets are no longer available for sale)

Beaded Bib Necklace

What’s new in my Etsy shop this week

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An unusual hand-beaded bib necklace / collar.

Each bead is STITCHED onto the cuff’s base THREE (but sometimes up to five) TIMES to make sure that each bead will stay in place for a many years to come.

Beaded Bib Necklace SAMPLE SALE, Statement Necklace, Beaded Collar – for wedding, photo shoot prop, special occasion

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An unusual hand-beaded bib necklace / collar.

Very sparkly.

Made with meticulous attention to detail.

Each bead is STITCHED onto the cuff’s base THREE (but sometimes up to five) TIMES to make sure that each bead will stay in place for a many years to come.

Features:
– Rhinestone cabochon
– 1000+ Japanese seed beads (in pink, white, silver, lilac, pale peach, & mint green)
– Gleaming Swarovski crystal pearls
– Swarovski crystals
– Swarovski round beads
– Silver-lined bugle beads
– Italian Tulle closure (in Antique Pink)
– High quality felt

Very sparkly~

Original design by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade.

One of a Kind Beaded Jewelry / Accessory

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It’s gonna be the first among many~

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Using Jewelry Making Kits to Learn New Techniques & Escape a Creative Rut

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

Once in a while,  I make  several pieces of jewelry that look nothing like the things I usually make (my original designs)

Today, I made this dainty necklace using one of the jewelry-making kits I purchased in Japan a few months ago.

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The kit is designed & produced by BeadsFactory, a division of the company that creates Miyuki Beads

I purchased it from ABC Craft – one of my favorite shops in Osaka :D

Anyway~~~

This piece isn’t exactly a chainmaille jewelry, but its focal points are created by interlinking numerous jump rings

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Due to possible copyright issue, I can’t scan the whole instruction for you. But, I can share some of the new things I learned by making this piece with you [in a few weeks] by writing a tutorial on my re-interpretation or a variation of this piece.

My Japanese isn’t very good but the instruction is easy to follow.

The only thing I’m not happy about is that they don’t label the items they include in the kit.

This kit happens to contain no more than 9 different components; so it wasn’t bad. But, there are a few kits that contain more than 25 different unlabelled components. They drive me a little nuts because it usually takes me a while to figure out which piece is which, for example: which beads are antique black, matte navy blue, very dark gray, and so on . . . Especially because it turned out that the color they call Antique Black is actually very shinny [LOL!!!] Oh, gosh~ I had to ask 3 different people to help me to figure out which color was which :D

(We figured out which color is called Antique Black by elimination method)

But … in the end, they usually worth the effort.

Making things that are radically different from my own designs gets me out of my comfort zone.

Plus, through the process, I usually learn something new either by using some materials I never used before, using color combinations I never imagined before, or constructing things using the techniques I haven’t mastered just yet.

I prefer to buy jewelry-making kits than jewelry-making books. One of the reasons is: There are times when I cannot find some of the materials I’ll need to create some of the projects shown/written in the books, or … when I can find them, I have to buy them in the amounts that are waaayyyyy beyond what I need (i.e. one box per color instead of 20 pcs of each). In the end, I might end up with numerous boxes of beads I will never use. They will just clutter my work space & gather dust. What a waste~

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P.S. Want to learn to create chainmaille jewelry? You might want to start by using Blue Buddha Boutique’s kits. Get a chance to win a Shaggy Loops Bracelet kit [please read my giveaway blog post for more details. The contest is open to everyone, no matter where you currently live. But, hurry~ The contest ends tonight (November 23,2012).

Also, get a chance to win an All-in-One, Easy Start to Chainmaille Pack via this link >>> http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com/blog/2012/11/chainmaille-starter-packs-blog-hop-giveaway The deadline to enter is November 28, 2012.

“Experimenting with colors” + “And what I love about chainmailling”

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

Beaded Gridlock Byzantine Weave Invented by Rebeca Mojica Blue Buddha Boutique pdf Tutorial Handmade Chain Maille Bracelet Chainmaille Jewelry Chainmail Jewelry in Antique Gold Pastel Colors Unusual Colours Robbin Egg Blue Steampunk Brown Raspberry Hot Pink Blush Beige made by Angelica Brigade joyz*k Available in AngelicaBrigade Etsy Shop

Beaded Gridlock Byzantine Weave Invented by Rebeca Mojica Blue Buddha Boutique pdf Tutorial Handmade Chain Maille Bracelet Chainmaille Jewelry Chainmail Jewelry in Antique Gold Pastel Colors Unusual Colours Robbin Egg Blue Steampunk Brown Raspberry Hot Pink Blush Beige made by Angelica Brigade joyz*k Available in AngelicaBrigade Etsy Shop

Beaded Gridlock Byzantine Weave Invented by Rebeca Mojica Blue Buddha Boutique pdf Tutorial Handmade Chain Maille Bracelet Chainmaille Jewelry Chainmail Jewelry in Antique Gold Pastel Colors Unusual Colours Robbin Egg Blue Steampunk Brown Raspberry Hot Pink Blush Beige made by Angelica Brigade joyz*k Available in AngelicaBrigade Etsy Shop

I’ve been making these bracelets in SO many different colors these days (12 colors & counting!).

The chain maille weave is called Beaded Gridlock Byzantine. It’s invented by Rebeca Mojica, and a pdf tutorial of it is available in http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com/b3/projects/Beaded-Gridlock-Byzantine

As I said in my previous posts, I make new chainmaille jewelry any chance I get. In fact, there are days when I chainmaille for 18 hours a day … Sounds a bit manic, doesn’t it? But, a piece like this necklace (below) takes more than 50 hours to create … And once I start creating something, only extreme exhaustion, previous commitments, & natural disasters can make me to take a break from completing the piece.

But, it’s more than just a compulsion. It’s the joy of creating beautiful things, of bringing them into the world, is what keep me going.

Many chainmaillers find chainmailling therapeutic. Many of them say that chainmailling help them to relax. Some of them compare it to knitting … how the rhythmic & repetitive movements calm them down etc etc … things that are akin to the things described/explained by this online article >>> http://www.knitonthenet.com/issue4/features/therapeuticknitting/

I, on the other hand, am not too crazy about anything too repetitive. So, I tend to keep my mind occupied when I chainmaille: I either chat with my friends or family or listen to audiobooks. There are a few classics (e.g. Jane Austen, Thackeray) that I re-listen every once in a while. But, more often than not, I listen to the latest legal thrillers, police procedurals, detective stories, & several different offbeat stories :D

Anyway, it doesn’t mean that I don’t LOVE creating chainmaille jewelry.

As a matter of fact, I’ve tried several other jewelry-making techniques … but I decided to stick with chainmailling.

Why?

  1. It does not require me to use any toxic chemicals, dangerous equipments, dyes, & fixatives. And, since I prefer to use professionally made jump rings, I don’t need to cut & toss things away. So, it’s almost completely mess-free!!!
  2. Chainmaille jewelry aren’t difficult to alterresize. If I happen to dislike an aspect of my design, I don’t need to start over. [Unlike, for example, metal casting, soldering, & wire-wrapping] I can easily remove/extend/shorten/etc the part I don’t like and it won’t take me forever to do it.
  3. If I make some pieces I don’t like, I don’t need to throw them away. I can reuse their parts to create my next jewelry samples . (Less waste).
  4. I prefer my jewelry bold, chunky, sturdy, but not too uncomfortable to wear.This bold, dramatic, & chunky anodized aluminum chainmaille bracelet below, for example, is lighter than 2 tablespoons of sugar. No other materials & jewelry-making techniques can give me similar results.

    AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Handmade Jewellery Handmade Chainmail Jewelry ChainMaille Bracelet Chain Maille in Gold Blue Buddha Boutique Anodized Aluminum Jump Rings Jet AB Swarovski crystal bead hammered pewter toggle clasp handmade by joyz*k a.k.a. Miu Vermillion or k_joyz indie designer independent designer chainmailler

    Lighter than 2 tablespoons of sugar

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These beaded gridlock byzantine bracelets, however, are made using (naturally distressed – with lemon juice & sea salt solution)  jewelry brass.

The metal contains some copper, so it’s not as hypoallergenic as my other bracelets, and approximately 3 times heavier.

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I currently am preparing some exciting chainmaille jewelry tutorials, all of them can be completed within 1 hour or less, even by beginners.I will post some of those tutorials next Friday (November 16, 2012), the same day I will hold that chainmail jewelry-making kit giveaway. The winner will be selected at random and will receive the kit from Blue Buddha Boutique.

This month, I will blog every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So, see you guys [here, in this blog] very soon~

@k_joyz of AngelicaBrigade

*** UPDATE: Get a chance to WIN a jewelry-making kit or an All-in-One ChainMaille Starter Pack.  For more details, please read this blog post >>> https://angelicabrigade.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/the-best-way-to-start-learning-to-create-chain-maille-jewelry-giveaway/

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So,

Here are some of the pieces I made this week:

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AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade handmade accessories accessory jewelry jewellery bracelet chainmaille chain maille chainmail bracelet necklace Swarovski Crystal Pearls

And …

Here’s am unedited [just watermarked] sneak peek from today’s photo shoot

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I’ll upload more pictures & list more items on my Etsy shop ( http://angelicabrigade.etsy.com ) soon

@k_joyz of @AngelicaBrigade

My Handmade ChainMaille Jewelry & Hair Accessories: As Seen on a Major Daytime TV Show & La Carmina Blog

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The episode is called “Health Dilemmas Caught on Tape”

It was aired Wednesday, October 24 in the daytime. Check your local listings for repeats. Or, you can watch the segment on La Carmina‘s Youtube Channel:

More pictures & more information about the show are available in http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2012/10/the-doctors-tv-show-guest-japanese-bagel-head-body-modification-la-carmina-on-cbs-medical-daytime-tv-show/

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How I Create This Type of Knotted Chainmaille + Swarovski Statement Necklaces

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STEP 1:  Coating my pliers with 2 thin layers of ToolMagic to make sure that the jewelry I create is 100% free of toolmark &/or scratch

STEP 2: Sorting the jump rings. (I set the imperfect jump rings aside and use only them when I am learning a new chainmaille weave).

STEP 3: Pre-closing the black anodized aluminum jump ringsas neatly as possible.

STEP 4: Opening the gold anodized aluminum jump rings.

STEP 5: Weaving the jump rings. (This weave is called box chain. I learned this weave from Rebeca Mojica’s  Book: Chained, but you can learn it for free by watching this YouTube tutorial or reading this free online tutorial instead).

STEP 6: Continue weaving the jump rings till I create a 40-inch or 101-cm chain

STEP 7: Attaching the Swarovski Fancy Stones and Knotting the ChainMaille

And yes … the 40″ or 101 cm chain only forms the center front part of the necklace

STEP 8: Deciding the length of the necklace

STEP 9: Create two more handwoven links (by repeating step 2 – 5) , twisting & linking them onto the center front part of the statement necklace, and connecting the ends of those links to a toggle clasp.

Ring counts: Approx. 20 rings per inch.

Thus, to create this type of statement necklace, I need to use more than 1200 pieces of jump rings.

The time I need to create this type of necklace: More than 12 hours.

AngelicaBrigade’s Catrina v.01 (Copper) Statement Necklace = Blue Buddha Boutique’s “Featured Product” contest winner

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The links to their website (below) are no longer active.

So elated to find out that my knotted chainmaille statement necklace is the winner of Blue Buddha Boutique’s “Featured Product” contest.

To read the full post on Blue Buddha Boutique’s blog, please visit the following link:

http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com/blog/2012/09/congratulations-to-augusts-featured-product-contest-winner/

Original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade

I’ve made the Catrina necklace using many different materials in different sizes, colors, & lengths; but this one is special because it’s the very first knotted chainmaile statement necklace I’d ever created.

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What’s New in AngelicaBrigade’s Etsy Shop This Week

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.
Update 04/17/2016: I no longer sell my pieces via Etsy
AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Handmade Jewellery Handmade Chainmail Jewelry ChainMaille Bracelet Chain Maille in Gold Blue Buddha Boutique Anodized Aluminum Jump Rings Jet AB Swarovski crystal bead hammered pewter toggle clasp handmade by joyz*k a.k.a. Miu Vermillion or k_joyz indie designer independent designer chainmailler ChainMaille &amp; Swarovski Bracelet. Bold, Unusual, Lightweight. Great for all occassions. Available in http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/5961327<br />http://www.angelica-brigade.com

ChainMaille & Swarovski Bracelet. Bold, Unusual, Lightweight. Great for all occassions. More pictures & information are available in http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/5961327

AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Handmade Jewellery Handmade Chainmail Jewelry ChainMaille Bracelet Chain Maille in Gold Blue Buddha Boutique Anodized Aluminum Jump Rings Jet AB Swarovski crystal bead hammered pewter toggle clasp handmade by joyz*k a.k.a. Miu Vermillion or k_joyz indie designer independent designer chainmailler

ChainMaille and Swarovski Statement Necklace in Gold & Jet Aurore Boreale. Bold, Timeless, Elegant, Unusual, Lightweight. Great for all occassions. Available www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/angelicabrigade/5961353/

All of them are made using Blue Buddha Boutique‘s premium anodized aluminum jump rings.

To read more details & see more pictures of the bracelet, please visit this link: http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/5961327

To read more details & see more pictures of the necklace, please visit this link: www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/angelicabrigade/5961353/

Handmade by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade (http://www.angelica-brigade.com)

One of my latest works – an Avant Garde ( High Fashion ) Knotted Chain Maille Statement Necklace with Oversized Swarovski Stones

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

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To see more pictures of this necklace, please visit my Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/AngelicaBrigade )

This piece is extremely lightweight for its size.

As usual, the piece is made using Blue Buddha Boutique premium anodized aluminum jump rings.

And those two huge focal stones are Swarovski Fancy Stones

Captive Swarovski Crystal Pearls Chain Maille Statement Necklace in Gold and Light Grey

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

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Angelica Brigade angelicabrigade handmade jewelry jewellery necklace new weave swarovski crystal pearl pearls gold silver unusual elegant glamorous captive variant weave joyz*k of http://www.angelica-brigade.com

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>>> contemporary chainmaille jewelry by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade <<<

A unusual, dramatic, timeless, and elegant statement necklace.

Looks great with almost everything: tank top or t-shirt and jeans, business suit, cocktail dress, evening dress, you name it.

Made with meticulous attention to detail, one jump ring at a time.

Lightweight for its size (62 grams / 2.1 oz. /  0.13 lb. )

Adorned with Swarovski Crystal Pearls which are “perfect replica(s) of genuine pearls. They are similar in weight and behaviour, adjust to the temperature of the skin and are resistant to rubbing, scratching, perfume, perspiration and UV light. Above all, they are the first pearls in the world with a crystal core and an innovative, silky smooth pearl coating.” ( Source: http://www.create-your-style.com/Content.Node/swarovski-elements/Crystal-Pearls.en.php )

An original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade.

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IMPORTANT:
Each Swarovski Crystal Pearl has two (2) tiny (pin-sized) DRILL HOLES on them.

> > > Please look at pictures closely and see whether the drill holes makes you like the necklace less < < <

{ For example, on pic #1, the visible drill holes are on the 4th pearl from the left and the 2nd pearl from the right }

But . . . I love how the gleaming crystal pearls look with the chain. Plus, the people who saw me wearing this necklace do not notice the drill holes because they are hidden from view by the handmade chain. So, I decided to go ahead and create this necklace.

Currently, I’m in the process of researching and sourcing some materials (gemstones, crystals, handmade polymer clay beads) that can be good substitutes to the Swarovski crystal pearls.

Please see picture #1 closely and you can see those drill holes: one on the 4th pearl from the left & one on the 2nd pearl from the right.

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Style name: Gwynn

Length: Approx. 22″ (56 cm)

This necklace is finished with a gold-plated pewter (tin-based alloy) toggle clasp.

The color of the chain: Yellow gold, similar to 22 karat gold.
The color of the Swarovski crystal pearls: Gleaming Light Grey

Please remember that monitors with different calibrations might depict colors somewhat differently.

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Materials: Blue Buddha Boutique premium anodized aluminum jump rings, Swarovski Crystal Pearls, hammered pewter (tin-based) toggle clasp.

The composition of the jump rings:
Aluminum: 96.6 – 98.5%; Magnesium 1.5 – 2.1%; trace amounts of Chromium, Copper, iron, Manganese, Silicon, Titanium, Zinc

Maintenance:
The color of the chain can be scratched by harder metals,. Oils from your skin may change the colors. Some of the color can be restored by washing the piece in soap and water.

http://www.angelica-brigade.com

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Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

So, here are the pieces I was working on when I wrote this blog post >>> http://wp.me/p1KZjL-m7

1.

Captive inverted round weave, with grossgrain ribbon.

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2.

This one might very well be my very first original chain maille weave. I did some online research and couldn’t find a similar weave elsewhere.

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3.

My original maille weave, combined with Byzantine weave

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4.

My original weave combined with a modified Japanese weave

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5.

Necklace #3 and #4, worn together

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As usual, I make the necklaces using Blue Buddha Boutique‘s premium anodized aluminum jump rings; and the pearls I are Swarovski Crystal Pearls

The crystal pearls have tiny drill holes on them. They aren’t very visible unless you look really closely at them. And, if you want to hide the tiny drill holes, you can push/poke at the pearl a bit so the hole will be hidden by the handwoven chain that hold the pearls snugly.

I realize that some people might not be bothered by the tiny drill holes; but, since I cannot find any other material that gleam as beautifully (yet?), I decided to use them nonetheless.

I’m still looking for better materials, though

Stay tuned :)

 

 

-joyz*k of Angelica Brigade

co-owner/artist

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Chunky (but very lightweight!!!) chainmaille bracelets

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

So, these were the pieces I was creating when I wrote yesteday’s post: https://angelicabrigade.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/random-stuff/

They are …

Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Handmade Chunky but Lightweight Stackable Chainmaille Chain Maille and Tulle Bracelets made using BlueBuddhaBoutique Blue Buddha Boutique Premium Quality Anodized Aluminum Jump Rings, Gold, Pink, Aqua Blue, Beige, Black, Violet Tulle, Classic, Bold, Unusual<br />http://www.angelica-brigade.com

Simple chain maille bracelets but interlaced with tulle

They are very lightweight … and available in many colors.

Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Handmade Chunky but Lightweight Stackable Chainmaille Chain Maille and Tulle Bracelets made using BlueBuddhaBoutique Blue Buddha Boutique Premium Quality Anodized Aluminum Jump Rings, Gold, Beige, Black Tulle, Classic, Bold, Unusual

As usual, I constructed these bracelets using Blue Buddha Boutique‘s premium quality anodized aluminum jump rings.

(No, I’m not affiliated with the company. I’m just a big fan of their products)

:)

 

-joyz*k

My Most Current Work: One of a Kind Mixed Media Wearable Art Necklace

AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Wearable Art Avant Garde Statement Necklace Handmade Bib Necklace Unusual Gothic Lolita La Carmina LaCarmina Art Piece Accessory Accessories Handmade Sculpture Painted Distressed Burnt Fabric

A one-of-a-kind mixed-media wearable art necklace featuring a handmade, hand-painted, and then glazed polymer clay sculpture with several Swarovski bicone crystals embedded into it … and painted , distressed, & burnt silk organza.

Original design by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade

DIMENSIONS:
– Overall length: Approx. 18″ (46.5 cm)
– Overall width: Approx. 3.5″ (9 cm)
– Overall thickness: Approx. 1.5″ (3 cm)
– The center piece’s diameter: Approx. 3.5″ (9 cm)
– The center piece’s thickness: Approx. 1 3/4″ (4.75 cm)
– The sculpture’s diameter: Approx. 2″ (5 cm)

COLORS: Gray, black, and silver.

MATERIALS:
Italian silk organza, heat-treated poly-blend shantung, polymer clay, Swarovski crystals, a handmade chain maille necklace bright aluminum & anodized aluminum jump rings*), satin ribbon with heat-treated edges, tulle, felt, pewter (tin-based alloy) clasp.

Styled with an h.Naoto jacket

AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Wearable Art Avant Garde Statement Necklace Handmade Bib Necklace Unusual Gothic Lolita La Carmina LaCarmina Art Piece Accessory Accessories Handmade Sculpture Painted Distressed Burnt Fabric h.Naoto Frill

AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Wearable Art Avant Garde Statement Necklace Handmade Bib Necklace Unusual Gothic Lolita La Carmina LaCarmina Art Piece Accessory Accessories Handmade Sculpture Painted Distressed Burnt Fabric

AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Wearable Art Avant Garde Statement Necklace Handmade Bib Necklace Unusual Gothic Lolita La Carmina LaCarmina Art Piece Accessory Accessories Handmade Sculpture Painted Distressed Burnt Fabric

Rigmarole Tricia Statement Necklace, Invented & Created by joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade

Handmade chainmaille necklace

https://ny-image2.etsy.com/000/0/6549167/il_fullxfull.339680994.jpg

Sculptural

Sculptural Knotted Chainmaille Chain Maille Jewelry Invented by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Miu Vermillion Avant Garde Unusual Classic Versatile Couture Quality with Swarovski Fancy Stone Handmade Accessory Accessories

Made with meticulous attention to detail, one jump ring at a time.

Lightweight for its size because it’s constructed using premium quality anodized aluminum jump rings.

Adorned with two large Swarovski Fancy Stones.

An original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade.

Bold and dramatic, but versatile.

You can wear it with a business suit

Rigmarole Tricia, Avant Garde Chainmaille Jewelry Statement Necklace Invented by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade, AngelicaBrigade, http://www.angelica-brigade.com , unusual, versatile, fall fashion, jewelry, jewellery

Or a wedding dress …

Handmade Jewelry by joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Avant Garde Chain Maille Statement Necklace ChainMaille Anodized Aluminum in Gold Color Lightweight Dramatic Unusual Sculptural

Or a little black dress

Costume jewelry, fashion jewelry, Avant Garde knotted snaking chainmaille chain maille chainmail jewelry statement necklace by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade - AngelicaBrigade

To register interest, please don’t hesitate to contact me via my website www.angelica-brigade.com

Rigmarole /// Glorvina Avant-Garde Bracelet ::: RECONSTRUCTED

Remember the bracelet I considered my best work in the year of 2011?

Joyz*K of Angelica Brigade Avant Garde Maille ChainMaille Bracelet Armpiece Rigmarole Glorvina

The moment I finished creating this bracelet/armpiece was the moment I started to see myself as a chainmaille artist.

Many people (even the people I don’t know . . . the ones who ask me about the piece whenever I wear it in “public places”) told me that I can definitely sell the piece . . . some store managers even told me that it will do well in certain stores . . .

But . . .

This piece, along with several other armpieces in the ‘Rigmarole Collection’, need to be custom-fitted.

In order to make sure that the bracelet to look the way it’s intended to look on the wearer’s hand, more than one fitting sessions are necessary

For that reason, unless I can find a way to reconstruct this bracelet in such a way that no custom fitting is necessary, I can never make the piece available for sale in my online shop &/or brick-and-mortar stores

AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Avant Garde Chain Maille Chainmaille Bracelet Armpiece Jewelry Jewellery Rigmarole Glorvina Reconstructed Original Design by joyz*k aka Miu Vermillion AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Avant Garde Chain Maille Chainmaille Bracelet Armpiece Jewelry Jewellery Rigmarole Glorvina Reconstructed Original Design by joyz*k aka Miu Vermillion

It took me a while, but I’m finally able to achieve that goal . . .

The bracelet sits a little differently from the original one, but they look very similar and I like the reconstructed version as much.

Here are several before & after pics of the piece:

Before (Front)

Angelica Brigade Avant Garde Chain Maille Bracelet by joyz*k, Rigmarole Glovina

Before (Back)

. . .

and

AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade Avant Garde Chain Maille Bracelet Armpiece Rigmarole Glorvina by joyz*k a.k.a. Miu Vermillion

Now
(Please excuse the overexposed picture. I will take better pics of the piece soon)

-joyz*k of Angelica Brigade

WHY the QUALITY of the jump rings we use to create our chain maille jewelry MATTERS

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.
Before, Burr Cut Jump Rings

Then: A chainmaille necklace I made using homemade jump rings.

After, High Quality Jump Rings, Angelica Brigade Knott Necklace

Now: A chainmaille necklace I made using high quality saw cut jump rings.

I used to make my own jump rings by coiling a length of jewelry wire on a knitting needle and then cutting them with my flush cutters.( For a tutorial on how to make your own jump rings, please visit https://angelicabrigade.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/how-to-make-your-own-jump-rings/ )

The necklaces I used to create were not too bad, but I wouldn’t call them jewelry. Handmade accessories perhaps, but not jewelry. Take a look at this piece (the very first chainmaille necklace I’d ever created):

It looks good enough from afar; but, if you look at it closely, you can see that it does not look so pretty.

Contemporary Chain Maille Necklace with a Large Swarovski Crystal Centerpiece, US$60 Made to order. http://www.etsy.com/listing/89827486/contemporary-chain-maille-necklace-with An original design by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade http://www.etsy.com/listing/89827486/

When the edges of the jump rings aren’t neatly cut, no matter how well we close the rings, the end result would never look very professional.The quality of my work began to change the moment I decided to use high quality jump rings.

I buy most (more than 95%) of the jump rings I use from Blue Buddha Boutique (B3). [I’m not paid to write this blog post. I don’t work for the company either. I’m just a big fan of their jump rings & tutorials].

~0o0~

From time to time, I do order some jump rings from many different suppliers; but … none of them is as well made as B3’s.

< < < Now . . . if only B3 makes anodized aluminum jump rings in paler gold color . . . and may be antique gold color . . . . . . . . . . Because I really need them > > >

But they don’t . . . So, I decided to order such jump rings elsewhere. But . . . . . . . .

I don’t think I’m going to be able to use these jump rings after all.Take a look at this picture:

Here is a closer look at the jump rings I ordered elsewhere

Look at them . . .See how the jump rings are cut? Plus, none of them can lay flat on my table. None of them look the same, and many of them are not very round . . .
Very unlike the rings I got from B3 below:

See how neat their cuts are? And since these rings are colored/anodized after they are cut, all of the rings’ surface(s) are in one color.

So, even if one fails to close the rings nicely, the piece wouldn’t look too messy.

(As opposed to certain jump rings I see in Jo-Ann’s or Michaels … and any homemade jump rings, please check the picture below)

So,

Here is the piece I made using the jump rings I recently bought from a different supplier

I can’t bear how messy it looks …

(I might be need to shelf this project till I find a way to make B3’s gold-colored anodized aluminum rings less bright-yellow-gold. I’m thinking about using Greased Lightning Degreaser . . . because I tried to make those rings look more rustic by brushing them with barbecue grill brush and it didn’t work)

. . .

And  . . . for a comparison, here is the one I made using B3’s niobium rings

. . . . . . .

What do you think?

-joyz*k of Angelica Brigade

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Wearable Mixed-Media Art ::: A Preview

Angelica Brigade Avant Garde Handmade Accessories by joyz*k Chainmaille Swarovski Beadweaving Polymer Clay Silk Floral Clips Cocktail Hat High Fashion Original Designs All Rights Reserved

Angelica Brigade Avant Garde Handmade Accessories by joyz*k Chainmaille Swarovski Beadweaving Polymer Clay Silk Floral Clips Cocktail Hat High Fashion Original Designs All Rights Reserved

Angelica Brigade Avant Garde Handmade Accessories by joyz*k Chainmaille Swarovski Beadweaving Polymer Clay Silk Floral Clips Cocktail Hat High Fashion Original Designs All Rights Reserved

Angelica Brigade Avant Garde Handmade Accessories by joyz*k Chainmaille Captive Zen Gravity Defying Floating Bracelet Swarovski Beadweaving Polymer Clay Tulle Bracelet Hat High Fashion Original Designs All Rights Reserved

Original designs by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade

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