I design and handcraft jewelry using Sterling Silver, 14KT GF, semi-precious gemstone beads, Freshwater Pearls, and vintage glass beads. I use a wire wrapping technique that makes a beautiful and secure piece jewelry.
I also weave Chainmaille jewelry and keychains using Sterling Silver, 14KT GF, Anodized Aluminum and Bright Aluminum.
All my jewelry is sold through my store on Etsy. Which you can also reach using the tab at the top of the page, or by clicking on one of the thumbnail pictures on the right side of the page.
Chainmaille is an ancient art originally developed for armor. Soldiers in the middle ages wore chainmaille as protection from swords and arrows. Although it stopped most weapons from cutting and stabbing it did not, however, keep the force from affecting the body, breaking bones, or giving nasty bruises. Also known as: chainmail, chain mail, chain maille.
Chainmaille is made by weaving little rings, called jump rings, together to form a specific pattern. We have adapted many chainmaille patterns, by using smaller rings, into weaves suited for jewelry and decorative purposes. The basic chainmaille weaves used for jewelry are well known and not unique, however, the materials used and the way the item is woven together often makes a unique piece.
Making chainmaille jewelry is very, very time consuming and exacting and the pieces reflect this in their price. Just remember, each and every jump ring has to be opened, woven and then closed back up again in order to make the piece and most pieces have hundreds of jump rings!
I first became interested in chainmaille jewelry when I bought a bracelet at a street fair and thought “I can do that!” Well, back then it wasn’t so easy…there were no how to books out yet and the internet was only helpful if you knew the right words to use when searching. Of course eventually I learned that my favorite bracelet was called “chainmaille” or “chain mail” or “chain maille” or one of many other combinations, and soon learned that there is a big chainmaille community out there willing to share their expertise and make everyone’s life easier by publishing tutorials on many of the weaves generally used for jewelry. I would not be as adept at chainmaille today if it weren’t for those unsung heros.