So most people sit and chat while they have lunch in the office cafeteria, some read a book, some do a crossword, or in my office, watch soap operas on the big screen.
Not me! oh no no no. I bead…well, more specifically, I make chain maille! Yesterday I started working on a stainless steel (or aluminum…ok not sure what it is) 6-1 bracelet 4 rings wide. Today I switched it up, I ate my ham n’ cheese and then started AND finished a simple wedding knot bracelet in black nickel and silver. I did also carry on some pleasant conversation with coworkers.
I don’t know what it is about chain maille that I love so much, sometimes I find it zen and easy and sometimes I want to chuck my pliers and all my jump rings across the room in rage, but I keep coming back for more. I can’t help it. I love the way it looks, I love the feel of metal on my skin, I love the fact that it can look amazingly intricate and yet be simple, or look simple and be very difficult to construct. I love that the variations are endless, whether you combine colours, or include beads in your designs, you can use a totally standard pattern and make something totally unique.
In a fit of nostalgia, here are a few of my very first chain maille pieces and my all time favourite bracelet!
Queen’s or Box Chain
and here is my all time, favourite, wear it everyday Celtic wedding-knot cuff!
Well, back to my crochet, really want to finish it before I start something else.