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[[ Promo ]] Free Chainmaille Jewelry-Making Kit With Every Purchase . . . Courtesy of Blue Buddha Boutique

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 The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

Till March 2014

You can receive a FREE mini kit whenever your purchase chainmaille jewelry-making supply from Blue Buddha Boutique

They will be changing the gifts up every 2-3 weeks.

To receive your special gift, simply enter the following code during checkout: JKATUARI

Note: The photos of the chainmaille jewelry you see in this page are NOT created using the mini kits.

Any ad that might show up below this line is not endorsed by me &/or Angelica Brigade

The Best Way to Start Learning to Create Chain Maille Jewelry + Giveaway

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 The links to their website (below) are no longer active.

* * * * * GIVEAWAY * * * * *

Get a chance to win a Shaggy Loops Bracelet kit in any colorway (you can choose any 2 color) you prefer by leaving me a comment on this blog post between November 18 – 21, 2012 !!!

This giveaway is open to everyone, not just US residents.

I made the bracelet in several different colors. What color combination will you choose if you make your own version of the bracelet?

The winner will be selected at random & will receive an instruction & enough jump rings to create a 7.5″ version of this bracelet from Blue Buddha Boutique.

Also, get a chance to win an All-in-One, Easy Start to Chainmaille Pack

Read on and find out what the All-in-One pack contains & how you can win it!~

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* * * * * The Best Way to Start Learning to Create Chain Maille Jewelry * * * * *

We can’t create chainmaille jewelry using randomly selected jump rings.

If the jump rings you use is too small or too thick, you either can’t weave the rings through or the weave is going to be as stiff as a chopstick or a twig

On the other hand, if the rings you use are too thin or too large … the weave is going to be so loose that the links can’t hold its shape and when you wear it as jewelry, the links will definitely flop or look flattened

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In the beginning, whenever I learned a new chainmaille weave, I used to need some time to figure out the ring sizes I need.

But, now, people who want to learn to create chainmaille jewelry do not need to go through a similar difficulty because – recently – Blue Buddha Boutique launched a number of chainmaille starter packs that simplify the process.

Every pack is different so you can start learning to make chainmaille jewelry by creating your favorite piece(s) & without having to purchase too many jump rings you might not need.

You can start by learning just one piece such as this one by using the All-in-One, Easy Start to Chainmaille Pack

The pack contains Euro Tool Ergo pliers coated with Tool Magic*, mini bead mat for holding your rings while you work, instructions (for right-handed & left-handed learners) and enough jump rings to create a Celtic Visions bracelet in the colorway(s) you prefer.

There are a few more exciting starter packs you might want to check out:

They can make great holiday gifts, don’t you think?

To read more &/or purchase the starter packs, please visit the following link >>> http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com/b3/supplies/starter-packs/

To get a chance to WIN the All-in-One, Easy Start to Chainmaille Pack, simply leave a comment on the following blog post by November 28, 2012  >>> http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com/blog/2012/11/chainmaille-starter-packs-blog-hop-giveaway/ <<<

Good luck!~

:)

@k_joyz of Angelica Brigade

“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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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

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/

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.

Angelica Brigade Knot Maille Necklace Catrina angelica brigade angelicabrigade handmade chainmaille chain maille statement necklace chainmail jewelry lightweight gold knotted anodized aluminum Original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade

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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

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Captive inverted round weave, with grossgrain ribbon.

Angelica Brigade angelicabrigade handmade chainmaille chain maille chainmail jewelry jewellery captive inverted round with grossgrain ribbon black silver gold classic with a twist elegant geometric minimalism

 

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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.

Angelica Brigade angelicabrigade handmade jewelry jewellery necklace new weave swarovski crystal pearl pearls gold silver unusual elegant glamorous captive variant weave joyz*k

 

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My original maille weave, combined with Byzantine weave

Angelica Brigade angelicabrigade handmade chainmaille chainmail chain maille necklace jewelry jewellery Swarovski crystal pearl Swarovski elements pearls blue saphire gold premium anodized aluminum Blue Buddha Boutique unusual original unique weave byzantine by joyz*k of http://www.angelica-brigade.com

 

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My original weave combined with a modified Japanese weave

AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade handmade chain maille chainmaille jewelry jewelerry Swarovski element crystal oearl pearls gold dark ruby red elegant unusual unique by joyz*k of http://www.angelica-brigade.com

 

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Necklace #3 and #4, worn together

Angelica Brigade angelicabrigade handmade jewelry jewellery necklace chainmaille chain maille Swarovski element crystal pearl pearls red blue saphire gold elegant classic medieval inspired by joyz*k of www.angelica-brigade.com unusual unique

 

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

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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

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].

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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)

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

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What do you think?

-joyz*k of Angelica Brigade

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Elfweave Braid Chainmaille Necklace

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

I learned a new chainmaille weave this week.

It’s called Elfweave Braid, a variant of the Elfweave Sheet, created by Rebeca Mojica from Blue Buddha Boutique (a.k.a. B3).

Rebeca Mojica's Elfweave Braid Necklace, Made by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade

Rebeca Mojica's Elfweave Braid Necklace, Made by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade

I love B3’s pdf tutorials. I find them easier to follow than most online tutorials know because most of them (i.e. the more difficult weaves) contain some pictures that can help me to detect whether I weave the jump rings correctly … and if not, how to correct the mistake.

I usually transfer pdf tutorials to my iPad. That way, I can zoom the pictures and study them closely whenever I get a little stuck.

Same design, different materials

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

Angelica Brigade Knitted Maille Necklace Catrina

This is the bright aluminum version of the necklace I wrote about in my previous blog post (https://angelicabrigade.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/some-of-my-recent-works/ )

This necklace took me approx. 8 hours to create. It’s constructed using hundreds of saw-cut premium quality bright aluminum jump rings (which I got from http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com) one ring at a time.

The bright aluminum jump rings are different from normal aluminum jump rings & they are very shiny.

To learn more about the jump rings I’m using, please feel free to check this site: http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com/b3/faq/metals/difference-between-base-metals

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The bright aluminum version of this necklace is much lighter than the bronze version.

Angelica Brigade Knotted Maille Necklace Catrina Bronze vs Bright Aluminum

On the other hand, the bronze version is stiffer than the bright aluminum one. Thus, the bronze version of this necklace looks more sculptural than the bright aluminum one.

Angelica Brigade Knotted Maille Necklace Catrina Bronze vs Bright Aluminum

Original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade

Personally, I don’t really mind wearing a heavy necklace. But, I realize that it’s not for everyone.

Plus, bronze tends to oxidize quickly. So, when it’s not in use, it needs to be stored inside of a ziploc bag along with an anti-tarnish tab. The bright aluminum version, however, is much easier to maintain. All you need is to wash it with soapy water if it gets dirty.

To see my other works, the one I haven’t got a chance to blog about, please visit my Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/angelicabrigade)

I’m also on Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/#!/AngelicaBrigade ) , Tumblr ( http://www.tumblr.com/blog/angelica-brigade )  and Pinterest ( http://pinterest.com/angelicabrigade/ )

-j

 

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