Chain Maille Supplies from Blue Buddha Boutique

Nov 15, 2012

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Back in March, I made my first-ever chain maille jewelry project from a free set of project instructions here on Beading Daily. I was a little nervous when I set out to try it, since wire work has never been my strength in jewelry-making, and I was more than a little intimidated by the thought of opening and closing all those jump rings. But what I found was that once I got started, there's a lovely, Zen-like rhythm to making chain maille jewelry, and I was eager to try more.

So when the owners of Blue Buddha Boutique approached me about participating in a chain maille blog hop and giveaway here on Beading Daily, I used it as an excuse to try some new chain maille weaves and learn a little more about chain maille in general!

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I took advantage of the free chain maille projects available on the Blue Buddha Boutique website, and chose three projects: Shaggy Loops, Wiggle (Mobius), and the Double Spiral weave. Not only were the instructions easy to follow, they worked up much faster than I ever could have imagined. It took me about two hours one evening to whip up two bracelets and a pair of earrings, and then another hour the next morning to finish my third bracelet. Once I got started, it was hard to tear myself away from my bead mat and those shiny little jump rings.

Chain Maille Tip #1: Use a jump ring opener. The rhythmic linking and closing of the jump rings was made much easier by my new favorite chain maille tool: this little jump ring opener that slips over your finger. With it on the forefinger of my left hand, and holding my flat nose pliers in my right hand, I could open an entire bag of jump rings in just a few minutes. For just a few dollars, this chain maille tool is probably going to be one of my new favorite beading tools.

Chain Maille Tip #2: If you're a beginner, buy your jump rings. I know, there are purists out there who insist on making their own jump rings, and those that do add an extra special touch to their work. But for those of us who are wire work-impaired, buying your jump rings is so much easier and makes the whole process much more enjoyable! Don't get me wrong -- I aspire to being able to make my own jump rings one day. For now, however, while I'm learning the ins and outs of all the different chain maille weaves, I'll stick to buying my jump rings pre-made and just focus on opening and closing them properly.

Chain Maille Tip #3: Stick to base metals for your first projects. Sure, I love the look of sterling silver chain maille, but while I'm still just getting started, I'm going to stick to buying high-quality base metal jump rings. Another plus to using base metal jump rings is that you can add a pop of color to your chain maille jewelry projects with those anodized aluminum, niobium, or enameled copper jump rings.

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Head on over to the Blue Buddha Boutique blog for a chance to win this easy starter chain maille kit.
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Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a customized Shaggy Loops chain maille kit!
Are you ready to get started with some chain maille jewelry? Our friends at Blue Buddha Boutique are here to help with a cool giveaway! Simply leave a comment on this blog post telling us either why you love chain maille jewelry, or why you want to get started with it, and someone will win a free Shaggy Loops chain maille pack! You have until 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, November 18, 2012 to leave your comments and be entered to win.

Once you've left your comment here, head on over to Blue Buddha Boutique and leave another comment on their blog to be entered to win an All-in-One Easy-to-Start Chain Maille Pack. Make sure you leave your comment before November 28, 2012, and you could find yourself the lucky recipient of a very cool chain maille kit! (Both contests are open to international entries, too!)

What's next? I've made up a list of new chain maille projects I want to try, including the fabulous Japanese Cross bracelet and Mesh and Rosettes. When I need a break from the bead-weaving (because we all need a creative break now and then), chain maille has given me something new to do with my hands while my beady brain takes a rest. A big thanks to the wonderful ladies over at Blue Buddha Boutique for all the inspiration!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

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Japanese Cross chain maille bracelet project available from Blue Buddha Boutique Mesh and Rosettes chain maille projects available from Blue Buddha Boutique


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lizBB wrote
on Nov 15, 2012 6:42 AM

I just love chainmaille and B3!

That purple shaggy loops bracelet looks gorgeous! I have never made that pattern before and would love to give it a try!

lettygov wrote
on Nov 15, 2012 10:24 AM

I have not done chain maille yet but would love to try it because it really looks like fun and challenging. I like to learn new techniques and this one is certainly something I want to try. Thanks for the chance to win!

fullafire wrote
on Nov 15, 2012 10:53 AM

I just started doing jewelry and I started with the book by Rebeca Mojica called "Chained" and then I found out that Blue Buddha Boutique was her online store so it was a perfect match.  I've done some of the basic and worked up to some of the medium, it's much easier than I expected and am very pleased with the results.  The Shaggy Loop is a basic starter pattern and I can do one in about half an hour to 45 minutes, it goes very quickly and looks really nice.  I highly recommend Rebeca's site, it's very well set up and easy to navigate and purchase!!

on Nov 15, 2012 11:11 AM

Love chainmaille and love that Blue Buddha Boutique has brought vibrant colors to our works.

wrlowell wrote
on Nov 15, 2012 11:13 AM

Chainmaille is an awesome project that I can't wait to get started in.  Buddha Boutique seems like the perfect resource for supplies and tips.

Voltzia wrote
on Nov 15, 2012 11:28 AM

I once tried chain maille but I didn't have the correct supplies and the result wasn't nice. With this I could try again !

on Nov 15, 2012 11:59 AM

Thanks for the blog today, I have seen that jump ring opening tool and pick it up, put it back , pick it up, put it back, And now I shall pick it up, and buy it. LOL

Have a great weekend.

V

Renee Pasich wrote
on Nov 15, 2012 12:03 PM

I am so excited to make some of these bracelets for Christmas! The colors are beautiful!! I would love to win a customized chain maille kit:)

driggers wrote
on Nov 15, 2012 12:22 PM

I love the purple bracelet, the shaggy loops pattern looks fun.  I'd love to win the kit to give it a try.  Thanks for the opportunity!

Traceybell3 wrote
on Nov 15, 2012 1:14 PM

I like your reference about the "Zen" of opening and closing jump rings.  I've never used the ring opener tool but may try to give that a try.  I guess that since the first time I took a chain mail class my instructor had me use a flat nose and a needle nose plier that is what I've grown most accustomed to.  Thanks for the tip, and thanks for your daily emails which are currently filling up my email inbox:)  (I refuse to delete a single one)!

Katgirl wrote
on Nov 15, 2012 1:34 PM

Oh how I would love to win a kit!

SusanAnnS wrote
on Nov 15, 2012 2:08 PM

new to chain maille and would love to learn a new pattern

jeannietone wrote
on Nov 15, 2012 6:04 PM

I agree the japanese cross is so cool looking... I will have to get that kit... actually made my first chain maille bracelet from one of the patterns i got on this sight.. So thank you for this chance to win the kit as i think that this the saggy loop is a pretty cool pattern.

Qnja wrote
on Nov 15, 2012 9:18 PM

Love the look of chainmaille - need the motivation to learn more

cfoley1215 wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 9:42 AM

I've only made a couple chainmaille pieces, but I love how they look. I've been wondering about the jump ring opener and if it was worthwhile. Of course, the next question is whether or not it will fit on my finger. :)

lottavo wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 11:03 AM

I too love chainmaille, it's so versatile. And chainmaille with colors... great!

on Nov 16, 2012 11:04 AM

I love chain maille but have never tried it yet. I am new to jewelry making and still learning. I think learning to make chain maille would add another level to my pieces.

Dorilvn812 wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 11:10 AM

I would love to give this a try!! I have a little scared of trying chain maille but love the way it looks.

on Nov 16, 2012 11:14 AM

I've always admired chain maille, but never attempted it.  I do beadweaving mostly, and would like to learn chain maille to broaden my knowledge, and maybe incorporate  it into beadwoven designs.

jdevou wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 11:15 AM

This bracelet is awesome!  Haven't tried chainmaille. I think this would be a fun project!

jdevou wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 11:16 AM

ooops sorry I messaged so many times. I didn't think it was working. Sorry. New.

JanM@52 wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 11:17 AM

I love the colours and the design.

on Nov 16, 2012 11:18 AM

great tips!!  Thank you!

Sandy21774 wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 11:26 AM

Every time I see chainmaille projects I get so excited and engrossed in them, but I have never had an opportunity to try my hand at it. Chainmaille is definitely on my short list of MUST do projects before the end of the year!

Thanks for the fabulous tips!

hmwoolweaver wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 11:33 AM

I'm still relatively new to beading, only been doing it for a little over a year now. At first I was a little intimidated because I never thought of myself as being crafty or good at learning crafty skills and techniques. My grandmother tried to teach me to crochet when I was younger and I never really got it, so I felt that maybe those type of activities were out of my league. Over the last year, learning to make jewelry has been a hobby that has taught me much about myself, and I feel really good about what I've learned and the beautiful work I'm able to produce. My husband is a truck driver and I travel with him. We have limited space in the truck so that kind of limits what I can carry with me and how much. I would love to learn how to make my own glass and clay beads, but again, living out of the truck limits the equipment I can bring along. Also, because we move around so much I've never been able to take any beading classes, most of what I know is what I've read in instructions or in the Stringing Magazine. Chain Maille is a great new technique for me to learn because it doesn't require any big and/or special tools, I can carry everything I need with me in the truck, and I can learn the technique via written instruction and trial and error.

Carolan Ivey wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 11:46 AM

Would love to learn to do this!

cashley wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 11:48 AM

Would love to learn how to do the chainmail

Nican wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 11:57 AM

I have just started to learn chainmaille and think it is so fun and would like to try on more techniques. To win a set would be the perfecet way to be able to do so.

Grbxedwards wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 11:58 AM

i am just beginning Chainmaille and am hooked!

debw@34 wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 12:05 PM

This project looks like it's fun to make and fun to wear.  I'd love to try this kit.  

on Nov 16, 2012 12:12 PM

I started making some chain maille loops and got bored real quick.....sooooo your idea of buying your loops is right on. Good way to get over that hump!! Thanks

hannah1802 wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 12:30 PM

I have never used chain maille, however I keep meaning to give it a go - I love the colours used, whoever said that blue and green should never be seen is so wrong!  The brown really accentuates the 'earthy' feel to this bracelet and reminds me of a peacock!  You could dress it up or wear for everyday it looks like such a versatile style and design.  

mdperey wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 12:41 PM

I love the look of chainemaille and I've always wanted to try it for myself! It's always looked so intimidating and difficult though.

forestknits wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 12:50 PM

Would love to try this!

heidifields wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 1:07 PM

This is so pretty, I would love to give it a try!!! Thank You for the chance :)

rosybunny wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 1:57 PM

I love the effect chain maille produces but some of the patterns look very tricky to make. I have dabbled with a very simple pattern which turned out pretty well but I have a lot to learn yet. Thanks for this chance to improve my skills!

Amalia b wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 2:36 PM

I would love to make something with chain maille as this would be a new project for me.   Truly appreciate all the information regarding beading.  Thanks.

on Nov 16, 2012 2:38 PM

I absolutely love chain maille!

There are so many beautiful looks you can make especially using the different colours.

beadnik13 wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 3:02 PM

Love to do chain maille.  Am ready for some advanced techniques.  I could do shaggy loops forever.

bktgirl wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 3:10 PM

I have never done this technique before.  I want to try it soon, so I hope I win.  You know, as a professional beadaholic,  I probably have the supplies already.

Bktgirl

loisladybug wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 3:10 PM

I love, love, love chain maille....pick me!  

Moru wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 4:36 PM

I love this! I'm just learning chainmaille, but it's so much fun already!  It's definitely one of my new favorite wire-working crafts~

Moru wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 4:39 PM

I adore chain maille jewelry. It's so much fun, and this has some great tips. A jump ring opener is the next thing on my crafty shopping list!

bead4food wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 5:39 PM

I am a chain maille addict, and my friends are patiently waiting for Christmas! Enjoy the inspirations here!

bead4food wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 5:39 PM

I am a chain maille addict, and my friends are patiently waiting for Christmas! Enjoy the inspirations here!

NStiches wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 6:54 PM

Love the creativeness displayed in the samples shown on this blog.  I never realized you could do so much with Chain Maille!  I would be very excited if I won the kit.  It has been years (maybe decades) since I have won anything.

Jan Vafa

mana_joy wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 8:24 PM

I would love to win this!  So beautiful!!

mana_joy wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 8:25 PM

I would love to win this!  So beautiful!!

mana_joy wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 8:32 PM

I would love to win this; so beautiful!  I have not made one of these yet, but want to try.

fcaffey wrote
on Nov 16, 2012 11:40 PM

I've been wanting to try chain maille. Any hints on how to close the jump rings so the ends are flush with each other?

minzbeadz wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 2:31 AM

Long ago I had an online friend in the US who made chain maille items for a living (far larger items than jewellery!) and he sent me a gorgeous chain maille bracelet as a gift in exchange for some Vegemite.  Well I definitely got the better deal, as he didn't think much of the Vegemite!  Having recently started experimenting with making my own jewellery, it would be wonderful to be able to make similar beautiful items - starting out with the very things I need instead of my normal trial and error (lots of them) method. :)

DebM@40 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 2:44 AM

I am interested in chain maille because many of the patterns are much more masculine than my usual beadweaving creations

DeniseM@23 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 3:16 AM

I love chainmaille because of the many different designs that can be made. Byzantine is my favorite. I also like Persian, Elf Weave and Dragonscale.

bridgetmary wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 4:04 AM

Thank you for all the blog posts you send my way. Some are "out of my league", but this one really looks like something I'd enjoy. I love the look of the colored jump rings...although that would be a less expensive way to learn, the results are definitely wearable! Keep up the inspiring posts, please and thanks!

on Nov 17, 2012 4:16 AM

This is so interesting.  I just bought jump rings to try to

work on a chain maille bracelet.  Thanks for all the good

information and photos.  I will certainly check the web site

for a "how to" video or sheet.  Good job - great timing!

cpfiber

Deejas wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 4:33 AM

Chain maille is next on my list of jewelry skills to learn.  I've just discovered the  Blue Buddha Boutique and I love the variety of colors that are available.  

fiesta2 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 5:21 AM

This looks like a wonderful technique that I will most definetly try.

pernmoreta wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 5:27 AM

As if I really need another craft to get myself into, this looks like a lot of fun.  I'm just starting out in beading and making jewlery and things, and this would be a fabulous way to learn something that looks easy and challenging at the same time.  

knunez57 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 5:49 AM

I love chain mail...especially when you add beads.  It's a perfect match.  And the rhythm of the work is appealing, too.

muggs wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 5:59 AM

Chainmaille is something I have wanted to try for a long time but felt somewhat nervous about trying.  Winning this just might get me started.

priceless59 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 6:39 AM

I have only done a few projects but want to learn more.

katmajic wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 6:51 AM

I'm making holiday gifts right now and would love some free supplies! Who wouldn't? Best luck to whoever wins.

on Nov 17, 2012 7:13 AM

Chain Maille is just so much fun 'cause you can do it on a tray almost anywhere.

hkurzman wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 7:27 AM

Thanks for your tips. I loooove Blue Buddha! Great assortment of rings & supplies, fair prices, super user-friendly ring picker tool & helpful, responsive staff. I purchased the supplies for my 1st chain maille project from BBB, & the design was published in a major magazine. I live where I can't buy chain maille supplies locally, so I rely on mail order, & BBB is my first choice. I'd love to win this package.

pk24paws wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 7:30 AM

Wow! I didn't know about Blue Buddha Boutique before this post! I went to the site and what beautiful bracelets, necklaces, rings...colors, patterns...very exciting to see what they can teach me! Thank you for sharing this post and introducing me to a new way to think about chain maille.

on Nov 17, 2012 7:32 AM

I love chainmaille and would love to win this as have never made anything using this pattern before looks really nice would love to give it a go!

melanie joy wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 7:36 AM

I have, as of late, made items for Christmas and birthday gifts do to lack of funds, and this looks like a new and exciting venue to explore!

Carol S4 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 7:53 AM

I love chain maille because it is so versatile. It looks complicated, but the designs work up like magic. I have made a couple of projects, but would like to do so much more.

on Nov 17, 2012 7:59 AM

Lovely kits!  I love to win, but I saw the perfect kit for a Christmas stoking stuffier. Thanks for highlighting these.

janeen0605 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:09 AM

My husband does midieval reenactments.  He, of course, loves chain maille.  I've always wanted to make him a chain maille Christmas gift- a bracelet or necklace of chain maille.  He would love it and never take it off!  I admit, I'm pretty intimidated when I look at some of the instructions I've seen!  It would just be such a big surprise for him and he is such a great guy I would love seeing that giant smile on his face!  No one could ask for a better husband.  I'm disabled and besides working full time, he takes care of me.  This would be a great thank you.

Kathy Adams wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:13 AM

Have not tried this technique, but have many ideas of what I could make.  Would love to win the kit.  It would be a great learning tool.

KarenM@30 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:13 AM

I actually just bought my first pack of base metal jump rings last week intending to learn this amazing technique! Work got in the way, but I am really looking forward to mastering this! I've been an admirer of chain maille for years but have always been to intimidated to try (I like quick projects!). Can't wait to start this!

Kim Hartman wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:13 AM

I did my first chain maille project last month at the San Antonio Bead and Ornament Society meeting.  We made the Celtic Vision Star and it was GREAT!  Instructions from Blue Buddha we easy to follow along with their pics!  

Kim Hartman wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:13 AM

I did my first chain maille project last month at the San Antonio Bead and Ornament Society meeting.  We made the Celtic Vision Star and it was GREAT!  Instructions from Blue Buddha we easy to follow along with their pics!  

Annie R wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:21 AM

Chain maiIle always brings to mind Joan of Arc and the Middle Ages! The thought of learning a metal/wire technique that was used during this period of history is so exciting!

FrancineG wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:22 AM

I've never did any project with jump rings, but you convinced me to give it a try.  

Trish M wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:25 AM

I'm looking forward to getting---found your site while  browsing----miracles do happen!!!  I'm sure this is not my last order!!

on Nov 17, 2012 8:32 AM

I've wanted to try chain maille for some time now but was too intimidated - this blog post makes me feel like I can do it!

DianeA@34 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:33 AM

Bead work is so zen and I too have thought the opening and closing of loops would be stressful. You inspire me to give it a try!

gsjane wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:34 AM

I have always loved the look of chainmaille, and want to try it.  I'll definately hop over to the Blue Buddah Boutique and check out their patterns.

Next on my list to try!

momcat560 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:42 AM

B3 has beautiful jump rings!  I bought some a while back, but have not had a chance to use them.  I have made some very simple chain maille pieces, but am anxious to try more.  I downloaded some of B3's beginner patterns to help me get started.

on Nov 17, 2012 8:47 AM

I have been intrigued by the look of chain maille for several years now, but I have been too afraid to start doing it.  I got as far as buying one of those rings to open jump rings.  Unfortunately, I am getting older and cannot see as well as I used to. Then, today I saw the Shaggy Loops bracelet, and I find myself wanting to give it a try - in purple, of course!  It looks especially forgiving for a first project.  Please pick me!!!

BeckyP@18 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:49 AM

I have only done 2 chain maille projects and I would like to get better at it. Thanx for the chance.

eileen@94 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:51 AM

I've been doing chain Maille for about a year and am addicted.  I like the way chain Maille is beginning to incorporate beads into the weaves. It makes the Maille softer and more colorful and opens the way to creative variation. Blue Buddha is a leader in this new application of chain Maille and it has been wonderful to watch the evolution of the website over the last 6 months. The site has more and more bead and weave patterns and I just joined the kit of the month club.  I love the look and feel of chain Maille  and on the practical side, it is a lot easier to adjust the size on a Maille bracelet!

boulderrose wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:53 AM

I'm new to beading and have just made bracelets on elastic.  I would love to learn  chain maille

Franre wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:55 AM

I have been wanting to try chain maille for several months now, primarily because I haven't done it yet and I love trying new stitches. I started doing some wire work and this will be the next step in my evolution. Some cool tips and I will get the jump ring opener.

boulderrose wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:56 AM

I'm new to beading and have just made bracelets on elastic.  I would love to learn  chain maille

lakelance wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 9:20 AM

I have been learning chain maille for about a year and I am hooked! I just love the look of all those rings. You don't see many chain maille pieces out there.

I would love to try this kit!!

DianB wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 9:23 AM

Free is in my budget!  Chainmaille is on my to-do list.

NES1011 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 9:25 AM

Chainmaille is really cool! I like making chainmaille because it is so different and unique from any other jewelry type.

LNw7 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 9:30 AM

I adore chainmaile. We visit Renaissance Fairs every year, and it's remarkable what those artists do. I have worked in larger galvanized steel rings, and boy does that build muscles!  Your comment about the zen of it is very true.  Working with jump rings establishes a rhythm that's wonderful for just "being" in the moment.  I would love to win anything! The new colors are amazing and give jewelry such richness and 3D effects. I'm very glad you gave the TIP of buying your rings at first.  You'll appreciate the speed and worry free time of actually producing what you want.

BeadFlowers wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 9:32 AM

I've been wanting to try chain maille for awhile, but haven't worked up the courage to spend money on something I might find tedious or frustrating.  If it's a soothing as you seem to think, maybe I should try it after all.

KathieD@8 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 9:43 AM

I've been looking at chain maille supplies and projects for a long time but just can't seem to afford it due to a disability.  I would love to win the kit from Blue Buddha Boutique. They seem like the perfect website for chain maille. Chain maille takes me back to knights in chain maille and is such a time honored craftsmanship that I would love to be a part of it. I know once I learned to do it the first time, I would become additcted to it.  Thanks for providing me a chance to win

Debs149 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 9:44 AM

I have only completed 3 projects, but I too enjoy the zen like feeling you get while doing chain maille. I am partial to silver rings but my daughter likes the brighter colored rings. I will check out the Blue Buddha boutique web site!

James Good wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 9:56 AM

For a sometimes grouchy old man, chain maille is very often a relaxing experience.  Yes, there can be frustration when trying to learn or master a new weave.  But there is a very large amount of satisfaction once that weave is learned and that project is completed.

EllaBella2 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 10:38 AM

i´ve been wanting to start doing chainmail but have never got started!

If I would win I would have those jump rings screaming to me to start!!

And I would know just where to go for guiding: Blue Buddha Boutique and Beading Daily :) Lucky me!

rosydeal wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 10:41 AM

This is a technique I have avoided for years...not sure why. Perhaps it's time to give it a try.

beammeup wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 10:53 AM

I first began making jewellery after a serious illness, and found a talent I never knew I had.  I love wirework and would be thrilled to learn how to make chain maille.  This starter kit would be perfect!

marilyn l wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 11:16 AM

just finished my 1st chain maille class and loved it

madelinecc wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 11:21 AM

I love the look of chain maille. I would like to give it a try.

on Nov 17, 2012 11:28 AM

It's been a long, long time since I tried to make any chain maille and I barely remember the basics but I'd love to learn it again. I just love the look and feel of it.

crafty-grams wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 11:31 AM

This work of art is so elegant! How fun to be able to learn new techniques in making beautiful jewelry and be the envy of everyone! I would love the opportunity to use this offer in making beautiful creations using Blue Buddha Boutique giveaway.  SO addicting!!

on Nov 17, 2012 11:34 AM

Chain maille is my ultimate favorite practice.  i want to be able to get my head straight and finally settle on doing mostly chain maille....however, i am so bad that it will take a long long while until i get back there.  i am starting slowly....but those folks over at Blue Buddah Boutique don't make that easy for me.  the new kits for this month are wonderful....including a Christmas lights bracelet that i am sure i will have to get...that is if it's still available when pay day comes.  i love to work with chain maille and beads.  i have a Christmas gift of Gold Filled beads on Gold filled rings that will make beautiful earrings.  

i always love entering  contests.  hopefully one day i will win one!!!!  Thanks for holding this contest.   Good Luck to all who enter!!!!!   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Pam Murphy2 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 11:36 AM

This is wonderful. I have done some chain maille and am just trying to get into more detailed designs. I have ordered 2 books on chain maille so I hope that they will helpl. I still have some confusion on the gauge size inside and outside of the rings.

sknight wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 11:58 AM

I love chainmaille--how it looks and the fun of making it.

I'm just a beginner, but all my pieces have turned out looking very professional.  After reading the article, I plan on ordering one of the ring openers.  It sounds much faster than using two pliers.

Sandra

50of47 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 11:58 AM

I'm looking for a new challenge in jewelry making, and based on several intriguing chain maille projects I've seen, this looks like the next area for me to explore.  "Shaggy Loops" looks like an interesting and comfortable place to start.

grogers511 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 12:16 PM

One of my first jewelry making projects was chain maille.  I made a infinity bracelet with sterling silver rings.  And, I've made byzantine and full persian bracelets with copper rings.  But, I love the look and feel.  I agree - there's a zen like feel to working with jump rings.  And, I'm amazed at how fast it goes.  I use a jump ring opener.  I put chain maille aside for awhile to work on other jewelry projects.  Would love to try making other patterns.

crafty-grams wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 12:24 PM

I had no idea what beautiful pieces could be made until i visited this blog! What a unique way to increase my jewelry making skills. Would love to give it a try with this giveaway. Thanks.

EA Morris wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 12:42 PM

Chain maille & peyote.....mmmmm.....the possibilities are endless!

on Nov 17, 2012 12:54 PM

Love Blue Budha. Purchased some instructions and they were great!

on Nov 17, 2012 1:12 PM

I haven't tried chainmaille, but would love to.  I love the simplicity of the design -- it's  not fussy like a lot of jewelry is.  You can wear it with almost anything.  I love the shaggy loops bracelet with green, brown, and blue rings!

akbug5 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 1:21 PM

I love how uniform chain maille turns out.  The final product often has a complicated and mesmerizing look to it.  I would love a reason to try this technique!

Anita1950 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 2:04 PM

I love the use of color in the designs. It adds a very contemporary element.

Magdee wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 2:11 PM

As part of a jewellery making course I learned shaggy loops and byzantine weave. initially I thought these looked so complicated and I would have trouble with them but was amazed at how quickly the pieces came together. I was really pleased with the results and am now keen to learn more chain maille weaves.

tdwoverton wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 2:33 PM

Thank you so much for the tip to use a jump ring opener.  

cynline wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 2:43 PM

I first saw chain maille being made (from scratch) at a Renaissance Faire many, many years ago. I was intrigued by the joining of circles to make armor and decorative jewelry.  I love how the art has continued to grow and become popular within the jewelry making community.  I have made only one attempt at making some chain maille earrings, which came out fairly decent. with practice, I'm sure I will become more adept with the tools and come out with a fine finished product!

cynline wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 2:44 PM

I first saw chain maille being made (from scratch) at a Renaissance Faire many, many years ago. I was intrigued by the joining of circles to make armor and decorative jewelry.  I love how the art has continued to grow and become popular within the jewelry making community.  I have made only one attempt at making some chain maille earrings, which came out fairly decent. with practice, I'm sure I will become more adept with the tools and come out with a fine finished product!

magpiet wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 3:03 PM

I love linking rings, an easy repetitive process, to find, in a short space of time, something extraordinary.  I'm enchanted by this connection to history, patterns based on Japanese and European warriors' armor, and addicted to that quiet space one enters while working maille.  Projects from BBB are beautiful and offered in such a tempting range of metals and colors with instructions that are clear and easy to follow.  Choosing to work in less expensive aluminum is no longer a compromise in beauty or quality.

wendycats wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 3:12 PM

chainmaille, Yes!

Carole642 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 3:14 PM

I love the look of chain maille.  It can go from casual to dressy and minimal tools are required.

on Nov 17, 2012 3:39 PM

I did my first chain maille project this spring at the Tucson bead festival.  I get more comments on the earrings I made there than on my bead weaving ones.  I'd love to do more

Kathysang wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 4:37 PM

I've recently been introduced to chain maille and love the rhythm  and flow of putting rings together. This pattern looks like a fun project to try. Love the colorful rings.

stitcher999 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 5:26 PM

I would love to learn this style of beading - it is all so pretty - these would make great Christmas gifts.. I would love to win this  thank you for sharing

Beetrot wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 5:57 PM

I got sold on the almost origami like nature of chainmaile from a course by Rebecca at the Bead & Button a few years ago. Each year BBB's way of presenting projects gets more polished. I love chainmaile because it is easy to figure out what you need in advance and then you can take an easily carried package when you go away and know you have all you will need to complete a project.

Cheryl@183 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 6:04 PM

Just learned wire wrapping today, now something else to learn!  Looks like fun.

jamcat wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 6:10 PM

I started a chain maille then started another project and never finished the chain maille.  I want to finish it and make some other projects as well.  I have  bought all kinds of the jump rings in different sizes and colors and I do have the jump ring tool. I just need more time (don't we all) I work 40 hours a week and still try to work with my jewelry projects.  

I love the way all of the chain maille projects look they are beautiful. Here is to finishing my project and starting more....

Cathie

DAnaisG wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 6:17 PM

Chain maille is wonderful. Every new pattern I try is my favorite until I try the next.  So great to find new blogs and web sites.  

adababy wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 6:33 PM

I am a lampworker and completely enjoy that form of art, however, I can't always be at my torch and I have been leaning towards chain maille for a couple of reasons: first, it is very portable, so when I travel, go camping, etc. I can take it along; secondly, I need a creative way to incorporate the beads I make.  I would like to eventually learn how to cage small marbles in chain maille! I need supplies though, and this would be a good start! Thanks for the opportunity!  AdaBaby

dzube wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 6:38 PM

I have completed a simple bracelet but am looking forward to doing more intricate designs.  I find it very enjoyable working with the jump rings.  Now...of f to check out the Blue Buddha Boutique chain maille projects.

on Nov 17, 2012 7:07 PM

Chain maille projects are some of the most theraputic forms of jewelry-making.  It can be so relaxing.  I love it!

Carol Sell wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 7:17 PM

Chaine Maille is relaxing and different from all the stitching with beadwork.  It works up fast and there is a great variety.  I need to learn more of it!  

Sandy01 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 7:27 PM

I've always thought I would struggle with Chain maille but with good instructions and different colored rngs, I think I make it work!  I'm looking forward to many rewarding projects!

allets wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:16 PM

I'd love to start making chain maille jewelry and have the chance to make really eye-popping items with colored jump rings.

djjamgreat3 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:32 PM

I have been a little intimadated with learning and making chain mail items but love the look. This is definately a technique I want to learn.

Darlene2012 wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 9:47 PM

I started doing chain maille and appreciate all the tips that I find!  It all helps.

Nyrie wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 1:16 AM

I love chain maille. Still a beginner, I have trouble following some patterns.

on Nov 18, 2012 4:51 AM

Am relatively new to making chainmaille, only started in the last month, am really getting into it, and am excited/anxious to try new techniques and designs =)

maria ch wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 8:30 AM

wow that's great! i would love to try cainmaille

maria ch wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 8:30 AM

wow that's great! i would love to try chainmaille

paulette72 wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 9:44 AM

Love chain maille but have never tried it. I have been making jewelry for about 17 years but am a bit intimidated ;) all the kits at Blue Buddah are awesome! The ones I am dying to try are intermediate so I have to start somewhere :)

beadinRD wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 10:20 AM

Thanks Jennifer for sharing! I love chain maille, only completing my first project at the Blue Buddha Boutique booth at this year's Bead Show in WI.  I am a beginner beader but having built my confidence with the first project, I went back to Blue Buddha's booth the next day and completed a second project! I even bought jump rings there and hosted a beading party to share this technique with friends.  I'm glad I can drive to Blue Buddha Boutique so I can take more classes and buy more rings!!  Thank you!

annevan wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 11:24 AM

I love the way chain mail feels when it is finished. There is nothing out there that can match the texture! Plus you can add colors and get a multi-sensory experience out of your piece.

IMENURU wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 1:09 PM

I LOVE TO MAKE CHAIN MAILLE JEWELRY BECAUSE IT JUST HAS A VERY PROFESSIONAL LOOK WHEN I FINISH A PROJECT.

Mad4tear wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 1:16 PM

I am a beginner to chain maille. I find it relaxing and I love the outcome of the projects I've done.

CathyJane wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 3:32 PM

I'm like you, Jennifer, I really like that Japanese Cross Bracelet! I"m going to have to give it a try!

Capemaynuts wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 3:48 PM

I love chain maille because its one aspect of jewelry making that my 12 yr old son thinks is 'cool' and masculine enough for him to do with me.

Llyra wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 4:26 PM

I love doing chain maille!  It's unusual enough to catch the eye and intricate enough, even the simplest pattern, to impress anyone!  I am a fan of all things Celtic, and chain maille plays right into my love of the Celtic knot.

KellyC. wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 4:34 PM

I love chain mail, building up courage to start a project of my own. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work! :)

KellyC. wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 4:39 PM

Would love to try chain mail, I have always admired it! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

Just kate wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 4:47 PM

Chain maille is fun to work with. I love how I can take nothing but rings and make fun designs and jewelry to make it uniquely mine and still have lots of shiny to wear!

Jackie R

hartbarb wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 5:14 PM

I love the look of chain maille but all those rings scare me a little!  I need something to push me to try a project.   I really want to do it!

DCaisse wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 5:19 PM

I've only done the most basic of the patterns, byzantine and four in one, but I keep hoping to get some new ones under my belt. No matter what I make, it's always a big hit!

dkopetsk wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 5:21 PM

Your article has given me confidence to try chain maille. I do know it's an art I've often wanted to try. Thanks for the tips and a source name (Blue Buddha Boutique) for supplies.

Sophy wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 5:51 PM

I took a sampler class that included a bit of chain maille, and I was intrigued by it.  I'd love to learn more.

lsmoore wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 7:06 PM

Absolutely love the Japanese Cross! Thanks for the chance to win the Shaggy Loops!

raddiane wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 8:13 PM

Blue Buddha is a great company if u r just getting started.I have bought many of their kits and rings.They are easy to order form and the stuff comes quick!!

I highly recommend them and their kits!

Diane Rad

ldeniset wrote
on Nov 18, 2012 9:53 PM

I have only tried one chain maille project, a pair of ear rings for my daughter.  I loved getting my feet wet with these ear rings and am excited to try my hand at a more difficult project.

kasully wrote
on Nov 19, 2012 8:07 AM

I am just getting started in making jewelry  and really excited about all the different things that are going on in jewelry making. I never realized how many different techniques there are. I would love to learn chain maille and this kit would help.

kasully wrote
on Nov 19, 2012 8:07 AM

I am just getting started in making jewelry  and really excited about all the different things that are going on in jewelry making. I never realized how many different techniques there are. I would love to learn chain maille and this kit would help.

on Nov 19, 2012 1:02 PM

I was hooked when I opened my first bag of rings!

Qnja wrote
on Nov 19, 2012 7:41 PM

Great tips.  Would love to win so I could try this out on a larger project

bjjlondon4 wrote
on Nov 20, 2012 12:48 PM

I am glad you are open and willng to try chain maille and post your progress. I love chain maille and incorporate beads in my maille because i LOVE to bead !

Barb London

MAC@24 wrote
on Nov 28, 2012 12:12 PM

One of my favorite things about the Blue Buddha web site is the page with all the jump ring sizes you need for projects from your favorite bead magazines. So useful!