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My favourite!

I have to say, that the Japanese 12-2 weave is my favourite chain maille weave of all time.  There is so much fascinating variation with it that the possibilities really are endless.  So in preparation of this weekends craft show, I decided to re-think my earring offerings.  I will still have my sterling silver birthstone crystal earrings, and my fancy chandeliers, but instead of simple beaded earrings, I will be offering more chain maille.  Last night I made a number of variations of the 12-2 in various colours.  I also tried out the European 4-1 fan, which I really REALLY like!

nov 12 2 nov 12 1 All in all I made 9 pairs of earrings.

I worked almost entirely with base metals in your standard, gold and silver plate, black nickel and antique copper.  However, I also have 4mm rings in anodized aluminum that I am looking forward to trying out.  I also have my thicker anodized aluminum rings that I am going to try out the 4-1 fan with.

aluminum 4

Only 3 more evenings to prepare everything for the show!  Tonight my husband is going to help me set up the cubes and attach the hooks for the bracelets.  I also have to print up my sign and price and card all the new items.  I always say, there is no inspiration like last-minute panic!  (originally quoted from Calvin and Hobbes).

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Back home and back at it.

Well, Halifax was absolutely beautiful!  here is what I have been up to since we got back.

glass pearl bracelet

glass pearls make great beads for bracelets.

frosty chandeliers

I never get sick of chandelier earrings.

coloured chain maille earrings

fun with coloured jump rings.

chain maille ball

I love this chain maille ball pattern!

You think I would have learned by now…

Remember the post I did some time ago about how important gauge is when dealing with wire or jump rings?  Well, as Alice once said when she was lost in Wonderland, “I give myself some very good advice, but I seldom ever follow it”.

I really wanted to do this Romanov design chain maille and I also wanted to try this pattern for a chain maille ball that I saw Pinterest.  I have jump rings of various sizes in my stash and started with my usual go-to rings for most chain maille designs. 6 and 7mm outside diameter, I believe they are 19 or 20 gauge.  Well…

oops

The 7mm rings gave me the blob you see on the right which is supposed to be the first half of the Japanese Ball pattern (just google Japanese Chain maille Ball Pattern), there is obviously too much space between the rings so there is no firmness in the structure.

On the left is what I ended up with from my attempt at the Romaov pattern (also googleable), which didn’t work with either the 6 or the 7mm rings, or any beads that I had…dang it.

So, I gave up on the Romanov, but with the 6mm rings in the heavier gauge, the ball pattern actually worked out.

chainmaille ball

I also made another chain maille piece with some shell disks (I made a similar style before) and a shell pendant my friend Meghan had given me.  Sections of Byzantine in 7mm Silver plate separated by Shell disks and 6mm clear cut-glass beads.

chain and shell

And another pair of Belly Dance inspired chandelier earrings.

chandelier in green and pearl

You know…wine glasses make good earrings props for taking photos.