July 31, 2013

JPL3 Wallet Chain



JPL3, in my book, is the quintessential of rope-like chainmaille chain!


At actual AR about 3.0 up to 3.05, the chain is so flexible that you just want to spin each and everyone of these little rings!


28 inches long, about 1/4 inch in thickness, weighs at 2.8 oz.


Use this chain to hold your wallet, or your pocket watch!  Your choice.  Either way, it'll be stylish, and you'll be the coolest!!!  :-)

Available for purchase at my ArtFire online store.

For more views of the chain, please visit my Picasa web album.

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July 25, 2013

Double Half Persian 3 in 1 Bracelet in Mixed Metals


Not just doubled as in "kinged".  And no, doubling a Half Persian doesn't make it a "Full" Persian, at least no in chainmaille land.




This is "doubling" as in "layering", emphasizing the "stacking" effect of Persian weaves.




Very tactile.  Somewhat lacy, but sturdy enough to feel like a rope.




Not a particularly difficult weave either, just tricky to start, as usual with many Persian weaves, specially when the ring size is way bigger than the classic Half Persian 3 in 1.




From the side, it looks kind of feathery.




and the bottom (or valley) side is still wider than the top.




Very supple.  Both feminine and masculine.  A classic modern!






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What "NOT" to do: JPL with Rubber Rings


This should be pretty self explanatory.


Interesting to look at, and maybe play with, but only if one knows how to put each ring back to its proper place.  Could be a good learning tool for JPL.....


Yeah, I had just realized I never logged this here in my own blog .....  so this is a catch-up from back in early 2012.

More catch-up's coming up:-)

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July 14, 2013

Confused Chameleon Bracelet



No, I didn't make up the name.  It's called "Confused Chameleon", that's the name of the weave, see for yourself.

Does a close-up help?


I don't know the back story of the weave name, but I do see those big old, somewhat dazed looking eyes, not to mention the whole 7" length can also be contracted back down to 4"!  That would qualify for a chameleon of some sort:-)


I think they are very cute, either way!


I found this weave on M.A.I.L. by accident, and I don't remember what I was looking for when this weave showed up.


It's one of those unruly looking weaves no matter how you look at it; it says so in the weave description: "... highly chaotic-looking weave, even when it is consistent"!

Cool!  I like those!

Turned out, once I got going, the pattern becomes obvious.  Do you see it now?  It's a very "touchable" kind of bracelet ....


.... the kind you want to feel it, hold it, try it on for yourself.


I'd describe it as "lacy, festive, attention-grabbing"!


With the tube slider clasp, the bracelet will fit up to 7 1/2".


If you prefer your bracelet to be on the weighty side, the shiny jewelry brass jump rings give you plenty of that.  Brass will tarnish over time, but the shine can be brought back easily by a few quick dips in household white vinegar.

This cute little chameleon bracelet can be made to order via my online studio DaisyKreates.com.

Complete views of this little critter is in my Picasa web album.  Please come by for a visit!


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July 11, 2013

Strangemaille



You know what people say about things they don't understand.....  "That's strange..."  Got your attention, didn't it? :-)  It did for me!


It looks a bit strange (duh!), but in a very attractive way:-)  Saw several gorgeous bracelets made in the weave, looked almost like fuzzy loops out of yarns.  I want one!

So last night, I set out for my first go at Strangemaille; I was aiming for a short test strip.  It was rather easy, to my surprise.  So I kept going.  Wow, this weave is additive!  I couldn't stop!  Went for nearly 4 inches when it happened again, my eternal nemesis:  Running out of rings!  Ugh!

So I broke off a section of the strip, counted a few multiples of 3 center rings, decided to connect it end to end for a finger ring, instant gratification, right?!  But ahh.....  (you may have guessed it) The connecting part took me longer than learning and making the 4-inch strip!!

Lucky for me, when I nearly decided to give up and call it a night, it clicked!  Like a zipper!!


Not exactly prim and proper, more funky and loopy, LOL!!


It definitely is not as thin as a Oops ring would feel, but still pretty comfy on the finger, about the size of a chunky pinkie ring.  I'm very happy with this:-)

This ring is now available for purchase in my online studio DaisyKreates.com.  Please come by a visit.


As to the rest of that test strip?  I put a pink drop bead on one end, a simple bail of triple rings on the other, and turned it into a funky little pendant!

More pictures of the pendant to come in my future blog entry.  Please stand by! :-)

(I noticed how many times I used the word "funky" here; it's either it really is very funky, or I should expand my vocabulary beyond "funky"....:-) )

Complete views of the "Strange" stuff, please visit my Picasa web album.

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Strangemaille is a weave by lorenzo on M.A.I.L.  To learn how to make this weave, I followed this tutorial by hysteria101, an excellent article.  Several inspiring work there as well as on M.W.W.


up, down, middle, up, down, middle, up down, middle....


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July 9, 2013

4 Winds over the Rainbow Bracelet



A very tactile bracelet, the kind you just want to touch and feel the rings spinning between your fingers!


"4 Winds" is the name of this simple yet attractive unit weave.  Each 6-ring unit in bright aluminum is connected with brightly colored anodized aluminum rings, with the last connector performing a dual function as the toggle ring for closure.


7 1/2" long, 1/2" wide, 1/4" thick, plenty of presence for this light weight bracelet.


This bracelet is also available for purchase in my ArtFire store.  Hope to see you there!



For complete views of my 4 Winds creations, please visit my Picasa web album.



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If you're into chainmaille weaves, you may already know that "4 Winds" is a chameleon of some sort because it is also the back side of "Cloud Cover", both created by chainge_maker of M.A.I.L.  Both very fun weaves!  And I highly recommend the tutorial by lorraine on M.A.I.L. if you are interested to learn how to make it yourself.


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July 4, 2013

Moorish Rose Hexagon Trivet

Made this last night while watching something on TV ....


A natural expansion from its basic hexagon shape.


Was aiming for a heart shape though.....


Oh well; makes for a nice little trivet:-)


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Moorish Rose is a weave by djgm on MAIL.  Although this little hexagon trivet is not my first Moorish Rose, I did learn more about possible AR's from all these talented maillers and their published projects on MAIL, not to mention where I first learned of this very cool weave on MWW!

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July 2, 2013

Tale of Two Leans of Half Persian 3 in 1

Did you ever feel totally confused about the handedness or leans of Half Persian 3 in 1 (HP3in1)?  I did.  I tried many tutorials, videos, read up on books, trying to compare one with another, each time I get turned left and right (yes, pun intended) with occasional success, and I often count those to luck, until when I read through this article by Talia on MAIL really really carefully.  Then I got it!

In the spirit of sharing this with my readers, here's what I documented (as well as in a reply to a question on MWW recently).

----- The basics of HP3in1 with different leans -----

Given HP3in1 has 2 rows, with one row always stacks the same way, you just reverse the other rows when you need a different lean.

That's it!  It's that simple!

To illustrate it, I took some pictures to show how I do it.  I'm right handed and worked these samples from left to right.  When I started, rings of upper row stacked to the back as I built the chain; then starting from the copper ring, I stacked the upper row rings to the front. Then you can pull down (or turn down, or unfold) right side of rings, you get pictures 2, 3, 4 with opposite leans of HP3in1; now you may connect two ends as you wish.






Happy weaving!

or, should it be
Happy learning?!

LOL!

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July 1, 2013

Genie Bottles Earrings with Red Chainmaille Whirlybirds


Petite genie bottles earrings, in festive red!


Delicately woven with red anodized aluminum and stainless steel rings, these earrings are slender and very light weight.


Measuring at 2 3/4" long, 1/2" wide, the genie bottles are decorated with vintage Swarovski crystals on top, and sparkly dangles trailing below!


Pair these adorable earrings with my red Genie Bottle necklace, and let them bring fun and excitement to everywhere you go.


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