|Byz Cross Chainmaille Bracelet with Moonstone|
One of the two techniques that I love the most when designing and creating jewellery is Chainmaille - and no doubt this can be evident from my store. In my title I have described chainmaille as a love/hate relationship and no doubt anyone who has tried chainmaille before can attest to this.
While I love the challenge of learning a new weave, there are times when it can become so frustrating. Don't let all my pieces fool you, there are moments when it has seemed like a new weave is getting the better of me.
|Festival -Chainmaille Bracelet in the Byzantine Square Weave|
|Padparascha Romanov Chainmaille Bracelet|
I think the real satisfaction here can come from mastering a weave that you struggled with to begin with.
Once I have mastered a weave, and probably created one piece just in that straight weave, I then like to play around with the weaves, trying to come up with something a bit different. This was how my Dragonscale Diamonds piece was created. I had already completed one straight dragonscale piece so wanted to do something a little bit different with it. I therefore created a straight strip of dragonscale, and then I started shaping the edges by removing certain rings.
My greatest satisfaction however has probably been with creating my own weave, my Chrysanthemum Chain, a weave that seems to have become quite popular.
|Diamond Chainmaille Necklace|
Believe me, there have been times when I have screamed at the rings or flung them across the floor - do you know how satisfying it can be at times to rant at inanimate objects. However, I have always determined that I am never going to let the rings beat me. The real key here is persistence. And then there is that magic moment - when the weave suddenly clicks into place, and then suddenly it seems so straight forward and you wonder what the problem was.