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 The link to their website (below) is no longer active.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
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They will be changing the gifts up every 2-3 weeks.
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Note: The photos of the chainmaille jewelry you see in this page are NOT created using the mini kits.
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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 The link to their website (below) is no longer active.
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.
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
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 . . .
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 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.
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.
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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!!!).
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:
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.
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.
Till next week!
Have a wonderful weekend~
-joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade
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.
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)
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
Simple but dramatic chainmaille bracelets. I’ve been wearing them the moment I finished making them.
And this is my very first proper hatinator / cocktail hat
With hat frame & hat elastic that don’t show up when you wear it.
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~
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.
– joyce of AngelicaBrigade
The episode is called “Health Dilemmas Caught on Tape”
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/
$0 marketing that’s more effective (for me) than social media marketing:
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
The benefit of using a high quality double-sided business card:
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:
And, the people who wanted to know whether I also create bridal headpieces … received cards that feature a bridal headpiece.
And so on …
Why this $0 marketing is better (for me) than social media marketing:
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 :)
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:
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.
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
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).
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.
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
The bright aluminum version of this necklace is much lighter than the bronze version.
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.
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 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
Knotted Bronze Maille Necklace
One of my latest works
It’s the fruit of more than 15 hours of patience, attention to details, and dedication
original design by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade
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/ )
Bold & sculptural showstopper, but flexible & lightweight for its size (115 g / 0.25 lb)
Crystallized with Swarovski
Original design by joyz*k.
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)
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)
The twisting & knotting process can be rather complicated. For that reason, I diagramed every step
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
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
joyz*k for Angelica Brigade
I call this bracelet Rigmarole /// Ms Sharp
I name it after Thackeray’s anti-heroine Becky Sharp.
I currently am re-making this bracelet
I will upload the pictures of the improved version of it in a few days
Basically, it’s a simplified version of my other avant garde maille bracelet: Rigmarole /// Glorvina ( http://wp.me/p1KZjL-dD )
This version is sturdier than the Glorvina version, and doesn’t require multiple fittings. It’s adjustable and its upper part can be hooked onto any finger the wearer prefers
Here is the flat view of the bracelet
I noticed that many people will find this bracelet too chunky
So, I plan to make a smaller version of it
But, since this bracelet follows the movements of the wearer’s hand, I find this bracelet very wearable
I even wore it to work … and didn’t take it off when I was making more bracelets
Which will look rather different from this one and the Glorvina
To those who are interested to know the reason I named this piece Ms Sharp …
I sketched this bracelet while I was listening to Vanity Fair (I always listen to an audiobook whenever I am creating something)
Thackeray describes Becky Sharp as a petite girl with wheat colored hair and green eyes, whose beauty (especially in her later years) owes a lot to her extravagant adornments & make-up. She’s some kind of a con artist who manipulates men quite easily. She snakes into the lives of those men and their families. However, most women can see through her facade. Sadly for her, Becky is not aware that sooner or later most women find out Becky’s true motivations and realize that Becky is not their true friend.
The bluish green Swarovski crystal I used as the focal point of the bracelet reminds me to her eyes, and the gold jump rings represent her blond hair.
There is a part of the Swarovski crystal that’s a little exposed (as in not completely surrounded by the chain). This part of the design represents Becky’s failure to notice that there are a large group of people (many women) who can see through her pretenses.
I see this bracelet as a reinterpretation of Thackeray’s memorable anti-heroine
I infused Becky’s “essence” into the overall design of the bracelet which also is a little (wearable) sculpture