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February 20th, 2011, 03:07 PM
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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.


chainmaille by angeleyz_21, on Flickr
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February 20th, 2011, 07:12 PM
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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?

(the link above was broken, so I made a clicky here: chainmaille by angeleyz_21
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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.

So in other words, a pattern comes out like this:

Row 1: Slvr-50
Row 2: Slvr-24, Blk-1, Slvr-23
Row 3: Slvr-20, Blk-3, Slvr-4, Blk-3, Slvr-20

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
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February 21st, 2011, 06:54 AM
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Wow! That looks really good so far. Kudos to you, I don't have the patience to try something like that!
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February 21st, 2011, 10:16 AM
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That is too cool. I'm not a member of the SCA but we've been to a few of their events, and I'm a fan of anything medieval. I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's all finished.
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Wow that is impressive!
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February 21st, 2011, 06:05 PM
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Wow! GREAT job so far!!! Can't wait to see it finished!
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Very impressive.
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February 23rd, 2011, 12:30 AM
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That is pretty darn cool looking. I bet you could make some pretty cool purses with chainmaille.
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Thanks everyone!

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.
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That's really neat! So cool that you learned how to do that.
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very cool
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