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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 The link to their website (below) is no longer active.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

[[ Select Press ]] – updated in Jan 12, 2014

Dark Beauty Magazine Winter Fashion Editorial

Free preview available in http://www.darkbeautymag.com/downloads/issue-26-winter-digital-download/
Behind the scenes photos are available here

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Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine – http://www.weddingstylemagazine.com/hollywood-nouveau
Behind the scenes photos are available here

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(Leveled Magazine) Real Talk with La Carmina – http://www.leveledmag.com/2013/01/la-carmina/

DIY Tutorials/Design Inspirations: Chainmaille Jewelry, Lace Crown, Statement Necklace, Paper Rose, and Origami Butterfly

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 The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

Here are several jewelry-making and other DIY tutorials that caught my eyes a few weeks ago.  The end results look striking; but, none of these pieces is difficult to make.

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Geometric Chainmaille Bib Necklace
I love the design of this necklace. I’m planning to make one for myself.
I might use larger jump rings and modify the design a bit.
To learn how to make it, please visit Blue Buddha Boutique’s Free and Easy Jewelry Projects page

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Ombre Pistachio Shells Necklace by Creme de la Craft
I don’t know how durable this necklace is, but it looks striking.
I’m considering to use painted false nails instead . . .

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Glitter Lace Crown by HWTM
I want to make a taller, black, and non-glittery version of this crown.
Might look awesome on photos.

Paper Rose Prima Layout diy tutorial by stacy cohen

Paper Rose Flower tutorial by Stacy Cohen
Pretty, aren’t they?
I’m thinking about making a bigger  version of these paper roses by drawing the petals freehand instead of using the paper punches.

Butterfly Origami Tutorial

Swallowtail Butterfly Origami by Origami Spirit
Might look wonderful as hair accessory

None of these tutorials are written by me. I don't own these images either. So, if you are the owner of these images and you don't want to see them on this blog, please let me know. I wouldn't mind removing them from this page.

No advertisement that might show up below this line is endorsed by me &/or Angelica Brigade

Jewelry-Making: Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies + Beaded Chainmaille Bracelets

If you are a fellow jewelry-maker or love to create jewelry for fun, you’ll love (and learn a lot from) this beadweaving book: Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies.

I LOVE her designs!!! The nice clean lines, the dramatic style, & the fact that all of the designs are three-dimensional (not flat!!!).

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I love this book because many of the techniques I learned from it can be adapted & combined with other techniques. That way, I can use & adapt those techniques to create my own original designs.

Some of the materials needed to create some of the designs are a little difficult to find. But, the rest of the jewelry-making instructions are so superb that I don’t care I can’t learn to make some of the beautiful pieces.

I know that this book is not written specifically for beginners. But . . . though I’ve never done any beadweaving before, I could follow the instructions just fine. The instructions are jargon-free & written without the assumption that the readers are familiar with basic beadweaving techniques. (Unlike many crochet & knitting books. Oh, gosh!!! To me, many of them look like they are filled with encrypted messages. That’s why – till this day – I still can crochet & knit to save my life).

Anyway, I never let my “experience/expertise level” limit me. I learn to create whatever piece I want to make (i.e. The first three chainmaille weaves I learned are: Box Weave, Byzantine Weave, & Dragonscale Weave. Yes, I learned to do Dragonscale Weave before I learned to do the basic European 4-in-1 weave). It usually takes me a while to get everything just right; but, it’s much better this way because:

  • As I play around with it / try to fit everything together, I get to understand the basic mechanic or construction of the piece
  • And, I will be able to create the piece within hours (or – sometimes – a few days) instead of a few months or years.

Who cares if I haven’t mastered (for example) European 4-in-1 Weave & some other basic weaves while I was making a Dragonscale Chainmaille bracelet. I don’t need to. On the other hand, I was dying to own/learn/make a Dragonscale Chainmaille bracelet, so I did. I got myself the best instruction/tutorial I could find and dedicated my time to create that bracelet. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth the effort.

Anyway, I learned to make my first European 6-in-1 chainmaille bracelet only about 3 weeks ago as I was trying to create a bunch of one-of-a-kind beaded chainmaille bracelets like this one.

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I beaded the piece at random using whatever beads I happened to own.

To find the best place for me to stitch the beads,  I held them on my hand and moved them here & there till I thought that they’ll look good on particular spot(s) before I stitched them onto the bracelet.

I used Spiderwire and Fireline beading threads to stitch the beads on. Both of them are superbly strong.

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Till next week!

Have a wonderful weekend~

-joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade

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.

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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)

Previews + Updates

I finally got a chance to photograph all the pieces I recently made.

I’m gonna have to select & then edit the pictures (to make sure the colors seen in the pics are as similar to the real items as possible).

Here are some more previews of the things I plan to list on my Etsy shop. Sorry for cropping them & making them extra blurry. That way, when the official color-corrected pictures are up, you’ll like the final results more :D

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Simple but dramatic chainmaille bracelets. I’ve been wearing them the moment I finished making them.

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And this is my very first proper hatinator / cocktail hat

With hat frame & hat elastic that don’t show up when you wear it.

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And these are Art Nouveau inspired hair clips. They are made out of silk shantung.

It might be a while before I can list them on my Etsy shop. After all, there are a few more custom orders I need to fill & brand new pieces (for two upcoming photo shoots) I need to create. And so, there are many samples of my new designs (which I call first-pieces) I need to create by the end of this week.

It usually takes me twice (and some times three times) longer to create first-pieces. Sometimes, things that look good on my sketch pad don’t look as good in real life. And so, I will need to re-size, replace, add, or reduce some parts of those first-pieces. At the same time, I also need to figure out the best way to construct each piece to make sure that they will are easy to wear, durable, & drape the way I want. It’s gonna be another hectic & sleepless week~

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Anyway, have a great week, you guys! I’ll try to post some more new things this Wednesday.

In the meantime, you guys can check some other sneak peeks of several other pieces that I recently made on Angelica Brigade’s Facebook page & Tumblr. I don’t upload the same pictures on each site anymore~ So, if you want to see them, you’ll probably want to check each site.

Till then,

– joyce 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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$0 marketing that’s more effective (for me) than social media marketing

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$0 marketing that’s more effective (for me) than social media marketing:

  • Wearing my own designs everywhere I go
  • Going out to many places where my target customers usually go on a regular basis
  • Never leaving the house without  bringing a stack of well-designed / eye-catching / memorable business cards

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I ordered my double-sided business cards from Moo.com

Here’s a better version of the photograph you can see on on one of the sides of the business card

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The benefit of using a high quality double-sided business card:

  • People are less likely to throw the card away
  • The photograph people can see on one of the sides of the card will remind them how awesome your works are
  • The photograph can also persuade them to visit your website / online shop more than once

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I chose eight of my best photographs … the ones that represent each type of jewelry & accessories I designed

People who stopped me to ask me about my knotted chain maille necklace got the card with a similar necklace they were interested in. The people who inquire about my hair accessory receive this card instead:

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And, the people who wanted to know whether I also create bridal headpieces … received cards that feature a bridal headpiece.

And so on …

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Why this $0 marketing is better (for me) than social media marketing:

  • It gives me a chance to meet, interact, get to know my potential customers.
  • It’s easier for me to find out who my potential customers are. They are the people who stopped me to ask me about my designs.
  • It gives those potential customers chances to see my products with their own eyes. That way, when they see my designs in my online shop, they will know what to expect: That my works look as good as their photographs and that I don’t Photoshop those pictures to death.
  • They don’t live a few thousand of miles away from me … so, I don’t have to worry about shipping costs and potential problems with customs. Firstly, expensive shipping cost(s) might cause some potential customers to purchase similar items elsewhere. For that reason, I usually foot a part of my overseas customers’ shipping fee. Obviously, this do cause me to earn less revenue. Also, from time to time, some packages might get held at customs … so, when they need some items fast, they might prefer to order the items from local stores or artists instead.
  • Some potential customers who prefer to conduct offline transactions can pay for the items they order when they receive those items.

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P.S: I personally think that social media marketing do not give small business owners (especially Etsy sellers) more sales. You can read my reasoning here: https://angelicabrigade.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/social-media-marketing-for-etsy-sellers-useles

Any thought / question ? Please don’t hesitate to write a comment :)

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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La Carmina wore Angelica Brigade at IFB Conference during New York Fashion Week

La Carmina LaCarmina wore Angelica Brigade Tsubaki Silk, Chain Maille, and Swarovski floral clip by joyz*k at Independent Fashion Blogger Conference during New York Fashion Week

http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2012/03/ifb-conference-new-york-fashion-week-bloggers-meetup-panel-working-with-brands-sponsored-posts-blog-ads/

(L-R: Bryanboy, La Carmina, & Yukiro Dravarious)

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La Carmina & Jinna Boo of Grease and Glamour

La Carmina LaCarmina wore Angelica Brigade Tsubaki Silk, Chain Maille, and Swarovski floral clip by joyz*k at Independent Fashion Blogger Conference during New York Fashion Week

To see the full blog post and the rest of the pictures from the event, visit http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2012/03/ifb-conference-new-york-fashion-week-bloggers-meetup-panel-working-with-brands-sponsored-posts-blog-ads/

You can also watch the video of the event in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FmZd6TjBvs

Want to see more pictures and detailed description of the floral clip? They are available in http://www.etsy.com/listing/91148546/silk-swarovski-crystal-chain-maille

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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/ )

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(some) of my recent works

I haven’t blogged at all these past few days

I was bedridden and too ill to do most things

Thankfully, chainmailling kept me sane … otherwise, I would’ve been bored out of my mind

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Knotted Bronze Maille Necklace

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

Simple Bronze Maille Necklace with Swarovski Crystal Rings
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Broken Doll – Silk, Tulle, Feather, Lightweight Stone Clay, & Jump Rings

 

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Extra Long Chainmaille Lariat

One of my latest works

It’s the fruit of more than 15 hours of patience, attention to details, and dedication

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Maille Jewelry attached onto a silk hair accessory

original design by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade

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Another Avant-Garde Maille Necklace

Right after I finished making the maille necklace I blogged about yesterday, I made another one …

I did not do it for an arbitrary reason, but to test whether the diagram (or the how-to instruction) I made while I was making the my first avant-garde maille necklace was clear, correct, and easy to follow.

The second avant-garde necklace looks similar to the previous one, but: 2-tone, bigger, and it’s main part is the mirror image of the previous one (to see how it looks like, please check this post https://angelicabrigade.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/avant-garde-statement-necklace-by-joyzk-for-angelica-brigade/ )

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Avant Garde Statement Necklace by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade

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avant garde maille necklace by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade

avant garde maille necklace by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade http://www.etsy.com/listing/90572708/avant-garde-statement-necklace

avant garde maille necklace by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade

avant garde maille necklace by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade

Bold & sculptural showstopper, but flexible & lightweight for its size (115 g / 0.25 lb)

Crystallized with Swarovski

Original design by joyz*k.

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This necklace is light for its size because it’s constructed using premium quality anodized aluminum jump rings.

This necklace has a magnetic clasp, but you can adjust the length of the necklace by twisting the strands before clasping it.

Maximum length: Approx. 19″ (48 cm)

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This glamorous and elegant necklace is constructed using more than one thousand premium quality anodized aluminum jump rings, handwoven and then twisted & knotted by me (joyz*k)

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The twisting & knotting process can be rather complicated. For that reason, I diagramed every step

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It took me hours to make

Right after I finished making this necklace, I made another one (in different color, different size, and the mirror image of this piece) to test whether the diagram I made is clear & accurate

I will post its picture tomorrow

La Carmina is spotted wearing 4 Angelica Brigade handmade accessories in Luisaviaroma’s Firenze4Ever 4th Edition’s Closing Party

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Source: http://www.nssmag.com/reportage/2492/luisa-via-roma–pink-carpet-4th-edition-ss12

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New Maille Ring

Adjustable maille ring

Materials: Individually woven tiny bronze jump rings, bright aluminum jump rings, and rhodium ring base

 

 

coming up next: extra long maille necklace, a maille purse, a maille hair accessory, and a few silk organza beaded accessories

 

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joyz*k for Angelica Brigade

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