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This is a chainmaille project I am working on. I also do beaded jewelry. This is my first attempt with an inlay design (using colored links to create a picture/design). It is a biohazard symbol. I am on row 25 out of 46 and am using 16 gauge 1/4" stainless steel rings. Right now it has no functional purpose other than decoration.
Angela, that is awesome! I've never seen an inlay on chainmaille before. I showed DH too and he loved it. How long have you worked on this piece so far? Are you using your own pattern? And where do you buy your stainless rings?
It's taken me about a week to get that far and every two rows takes 20-30 minutes to weave. It's stressful on the back and shoulders so some days are easier than others. I've just been working on it a little every night, just doing 2-6 rows a night, depending on how I felt.
I got the rings from The Ring Lord website which is SCA approved (Society for Creative Anachronism -- i.e. re-enactors of the medieval era). I found a tutorial which utilizes a couple different pieces of software which plot out the pattern from any picture or design into a readable, workable, row-by-row pattern.
and it continues until the pattern is complete. Slvr = the silver rings and Blk = the black rings. Of course this can be done with any colors, in any sizes and with any material, depending on what kind of quality you want. I personally prefer stainless steel, although the guild that trained me used galvanized steel. Galvanized is cheaper but rusts and oxidizes far too easily. I watched them lose a ton of inventory at the last Renaissance Festival I was at with them due to rain. Had they been using stainless steel, that wouldn't have happened. All of their products got wet and oxidized... and couldn't be recovered...
I don't do much with that guild anymore, but I did learn enough to be somewhat proficient at making my own chainmaille. And I really love doing it! I don't know how to knit or sew or crochet, but I can bead and I can chainmaille! LOL
Kristen, you can make all KINDS of things with chainmaille!!! I have a lot of patterns I want to try. I'll post pics as I try them - getting ready to post one now for some "Novas" I just made last night.