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 The link to their website (below) is no longer active.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

[Updates] It’s gonna take some time, but . . .

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Rondo a la Byzantine Chain Maille Necklace with Lurex Ribbon

… wonderful things take a long time to create

I’m still unwilling spill my trade secrets to Etsy; and so, I’m still not authorized to sell anything via Etsy.

These past few days, I’ve been spending most of my “free time” trying to find new ways for me to do the things I love: Creating handmade jewelry and accessories on a daily basis. It’s my goal that – someday – I can do it for a living.

This unexpected change forced me to re-write my business plan which might very well be a blessing in disguise.

One-and-a-quarter year after I started my very first small business, through trials & errors, I’ve become more knowledgeable than I used to be. There are a lot more things for me to learn, but . . . I can definitely write – at least – a slightly better business plan than the one I wrote in 2011 (because . . . back then . . . the only business knowledge I had was the things I learned from my professors & from the books I read).

It’ll take some time for me to launch Angelica Brigade v.02 . . . especially because I’ve also been working on several other projects with several other artists . . . I can’t really talk about them on this blog just yet because I’ve learned not to count my chicken before they hatch . . . and because unexpected things can happen along the way . . . (am I being a bit too negative?)

Well, anyway, there are a few more things I plan to announce quite soon. If you are interested to find out what they might be, you are welcomed to follow my blog or subscribe to my blog posts via e-mail :)

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Statement Necklace Black and Gold - Art Deco Inspired // Lightweight 3-in1 Accessory - Can also be worn as a headband & a chain headpiece

Yes, I made this piece myself. But, if I am unable to make it myself & see it in a shop, I’d purchase the piece in a heartbeat.

Although it’s a piece of a chainmaille jewelry, it doesn’t look like most chainmaille jewelry other people make.

I always chain maille technique to create contemporary-looking pieces that go together with the items I purchase from my favorite shops (such as Revolve Clothing, Saks Fifth Avenue, & Shopbop – I’m listing them alphabetically because I love them equally). I tend also wear the handmade accessories I create together with other designers’ pieces (my current & long time favorites include the timeless & dramatic pieces by Kenneth Jay Lane, Gorjana, House of Harlow 1960, & CC Skye).

You can say that most of my chain maille jewelry look like “mainstream” non-artisan jewelry, but that’s just the way I like it.

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Let me tell you why I love this piece.

This necklace can complete many kinds of outfits. I’ve been wearing it at many different occasions. I wore it with Theory business suits, with my casual weekend clothes (usually, a black Only Hearts cami, a long cardigan, and either a pair of my favorite jeans, a mini skirt + opaque tights, or a pair of Nike Tempo Shorts), with various little black dresses, & with a simple strapless maxi dress.

In this photo shoot, I paired the necklace with a Jen’s Pirate Booty mini dress (available at Revolve Clothing). I love this piece because I can wear it in many different ways:

  • On the shoulders
  • Off the shoulders [like this]
  • On one- shoulder [see below]
  • Strapless [see above]

You can wear this piece of jewelry in several different ways as well:

  • As a statement necklace
  • As a chain headpiece (the across the forehead kind)
  • As a headband

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angelica brigade handmade circlet handmade headpiece chainmaille jewelry chain maille headband chainmail necklace statement jewellery 003s

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Like most other pieces of jewelry I create, this 3-in-1 piece is extremely lightweight. Sometimes, I even forget that I’m wearing them.

Anyway, this piece happens to be a part of a “capsule collection” which include:

  • A pair of (lightweight) dangling earrings
  • A coordinating bracelet
  • A cocktail ring
  • Another piece of dramatic necklace

 Lightweight Statement Bracelet in Gold & Black - Art Deco Inspired Chain Maille Jewelry // Unusual Chainmaille Jewellery by Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade via Etsy Handmade

Lightweight & Sculptural Cocktail Ring in Black and Gold - Unusual Fashion Jewelry by Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade handmade chainmaille jewellery chain maille accessories

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Today: Mini Dress & Calf Length Cardigan

style mini dress long cardigan ballerina inspired shoes Ali Ro Lace Dress Tarina Tarantino Handmade Cameo Necklace Riller & Fount Cardigan Dior Pointe Shoes or Ballet Shoes inspired Pumps

I dress for myself.

I don’t follow trend & wear whatever I like whenever I feel like it.

There are two things I will never sacrifice though: Comfort and practicality.

I’m not only talking about physical comfort but psychological comfort as well.

I won’t wear anything that doesn’t feel like “me” .

I also avoid wearing thing that has the potential of preventing me from doing the things I might need & want to do.

But, it doesn’t mean that I wear pyjamas or tank top. running shorts & sneakers all day and everyday . . .

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I wear things I find comfortable and it’s a subjective thing.

I can walk for miles in high heels. But, I need to stop every so often (to affix a few bandages onto my feet) whenever I wear flat shoes.

A number of people keep on telling me that high heels are BAD for me.

But, in the end, the person who walks inside of my shoes is me.

If I choose not to stop every few hours to stick more bandages onto my feet; then, there’s nothing they can do about it.

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To me, these shoes are surprisingly comfy.

Or, may be, it’s because my feet were already molded into the shape of pointe shoes. After all, I wore pointe shoes & stood on my toes everyday for more than a decade. But, it was a lifetime ago . . . when I trained myself to become a professional ballerina . . . and before I broke my left arm & forced to find another thing I love to do & passionate about.

It took me 13 years . . . but, last year, I finally did.

Making handmade jewelry & hair accessories makes me happy :)

It’s the thing I look forward to do when I wake up in the morning, & the last thing I do before I sleep. Everyday!

Dior Ballet Shoes Inspired Pumps High Heels Platforms Pony Heels Suede Shoes

I see myself as a conscientious pragmatist.

I do whatever works best for me as long as it doesn’t hurt or disturb anybody else.

I want to do things quickly & effectively.

Style Ali Ro Lace Dress Chanel Bag Prada Bag Charm

So, I always appreciate a bag with a back pocket/compartment. That way, I can easily whip up my cell phone or keys whenever I need to, and quickly, too.

And, for safety reasons, I like the fact that the pocket is placed on the back of the bag.

Style Tarina Tarantino handmade long cameo necklace Ali Ro Lace Dress Riller & Fount Cardigan

I prefer to wear >>non-precious<< chunky jewelry.

I don’t feel comfortable wearing & owning  precious items that requires special cares, especially the ones that come in small sizes.

I tend to break &/or misplace them :(

It can be quite distressing.

Also, I simply don’t have the budget to purchase oversized precious jewelry.

I don’t want to wear one piece of jewelry with everything day in and day out for many, many years. I need a little variety. So, I decided to go with well-made non-precious statement jewelry instead.

Style Outfit of the Day Ali Ro Lace Dress Chanel Bag Riller & Fount Cardigan Prada Bag Charm Dior Ballet Ballerina shoes

By the way, the necklace you see in the picture is a handmade Tarina Tarantino necklace I purchased about 4 years ago.

It used to be the only jewelry brand I wear before I started creating my own jewelry line about a year ago.

~0o0~

Today’s outfit:

  • Dress: Ali Ro
  • Cardigan: Riller & Fount
  • Shoes: Dior
  • Bag: Chanel
  • Bag Charm: Prada (Why not?! They look good together)
  • Necklace: Tarina Tarantino

Rustic and Woodland Gift Ideas for Women

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1. Earthy Woodland Mushroom Porcelain Trinket Dish: http://www.etsy.com/listing/103092516/

2. Woodland Rustic Christmas Feather Hair Pin: http://www.etsy.com/listing/113615194/

3. Rustic Wreath with Burlap Rosettes and Pearls: http://www.etsy.com/listing/110911015/

4. FRAMED 2’x2′ Antique Ceiling Tin Tile. Circa 1910. Fabulous rusty vintage tin: http://www.etsy.com/listing/114341965/

5. Rustic Mug with Texture: http://www.etsy.com/listing/116532377/

6. Rustic Pine Cone Guest Book Pen: http://www.etsy.com/listing/105884323/

7. Leather Journal or Sketchbook: http://www.etsy.com/listing/114951659/

8. Original Fine Art Photograph, 8×10: http://www.etsy.com/listing/98779254/

9. Rustic Christmas Ornaments: http://www.etsy.com/listing/116228961/

10. Tree Branch Candle Holders: http://www.etsy.com/listing/87620410/

11. Small Woodland Terrarium: http://www.etsy.com/listing/116564945/

12. iPhone 4 and 4S case Wooden Texture: http://www.etsy.com/listing/105645834/

13. Oatmeal & Honey Cold Process Handmade Soap, Vegan Friendly: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62416239/

14. Rustic Brown Clutch Handbag with Khaki Fabric Flower: http://www.etsy.com/listing/109424464/

15. Owl Necklace, Vintage Style Jewelry: http://www.etsy.com/listing/109650649/

16. Acorn Pine Cone Necklace: http://www.etsy.com/listing/107018514/

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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

Gold and Silver Captive Inverted Round Chain Maille Necklace with Black Grossgrain Ribbon

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 Contemporary ChainMaille jewelry Chain Maille necklace chainmail jewellery gold silver anodized aluminum lightweight timeless classic elegant low maintenance black grossgrain ribbon http://www.angelica-brigade.com

Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade Contemporary ChainMaille jewelry Chain Maille necklace chainmail jewellery gold silver anodized aluminum lightweight timeless classic elegant low maintenance black grossgrain ribbon http://www.angelica-brigade.com

A unusual, dramatic, and timeless statement necklace with a self-tie grossgrain ribbon closure.

Low maintenance and will never tarnish.

The ends of the ribbons are heat-treated to prevent fraying.

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

Extremely lightweight (22 grams / 0.77 oz / 0.04 lb).

It comes with a spare / replacement grossgrain ribbon.

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Dimensions:
– The length of the chainmaille: Approx. 7″ (18 cm)
– The diameter of the chainmaille: Approx. 3/4″ (2 cm)
– The length of the black grossgrain ribbon: Approx. 47″ (120 cm)
– The with of the ribbon: Approx. 3/8″ or (1 cm)

The color of the chain: Yellow gold (similar to 22 karat gold) and bright silver.

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

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Materials: Blue Buddha Boutique premium bright aluminum and anodized aluminum jump rings and cotton/polyester blend grossgrain ribbon.

The composition of the bright aluminum jump rings:
Aluminum: 92.9 – 95.3%; Magnesium 0.8 – 1.2%; trace amounts possible of Chromium, Copper, Iron, Silicon, Zinc Manganese, Titanium.

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

Hypoallergenic?:
Not necessarily hypoallergenic however, it is widely accepted that aluminum is very poorly absorbed through the skin, so you do not need to worry about metal toxicity.

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

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

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

>>> 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

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

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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

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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

Bright Neon-Colored Accessories

Bright Neon Colored Accessories Fashion Trend Summer 2012

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTYxODIwMTl8MjEzMTIxNjMzNg/bright-neon-lights

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

Handmade chainmaille necklace

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Sculptural

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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

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Or a wedding dress …

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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

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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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.

(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

:)

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
Angelica Brigade Bronze Maille Necklace with Swarovski Cosmic Crystal Rings 001  Angelica Brigade Bronze Maille Necklace with Swarovksi Crystal Rings 001

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Avant Garde Statement Necklace by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade

avant garde maille necklace by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade

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

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