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 The links to their website (below) are no longer active.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!~
* * * * * 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
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/ <<<
Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.
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.
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.
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~
*** 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/
Growing tired to (mis-)type [and accidentally erase] tons of things onto my iPad & iPhone, I decided to connect them to my iPad’s Bluetooth keyboard.
It really helped!!!
It took me about 7 minutes [instead of the usual 15+ minutes] to type everything I need to type onto my CheckList App!!!
I didn’t expect that it’s so well-made. Plus, it can stand steadily on my lap while typing at a rapidfire pace.
Anyway, I was planning a series of blog posts, including a chainmaille kit giveaway. [I will write more about it in Monday, 11/5/2012]
I used a free app called SlickTask Lite to plan my day and my upcoming blog posts. I love the app because I can add collapsible multi-level sub-tasks onto each of my task list (which I can color-code as well). I also love its simple & clean layout.
It’s a 5-star free app.
Anyway, I created tons of new [and colorful!!!] chainmaille jewelry & headpieces this week. I haven’t got a chance to photograph them yet. So, check back in a few days~
Also, if you are interested to learn to make chainmaille jewelry & want to win free chainmaille jewelrymaking kit, please visit my blog next week to learn more about the giveaway.
Have a great weekend (^_______^)/