Jean Campbell is the senior editor of Beadwork and a
contributing editor to Beading Daily
||I have a red Naugahyde chair in my studio with a reading lamp by it.
Next to the chair is a little tin table on which my rather embarrassing
number of magazine subscriptions is stacked high. At the top of that
pile this week is the December/January 2011 issue of Step-by-Step Wire
Jewelry. It has the sweetest little chain mail (a.k.a. chain maille)
snowflake on the cover, and several wonderful chain-making projects
inside. Since I've had a recent interest in chain mail, I've found
myself coming up with excuses to sneak into my studio more than usual
("Oh, sorry kids, but it's PB&J for dinner tonight; gotta work
late!" As the door quietly closes and I snuggle into my big chair to
savor all the projects . . .).
One great thing about my big pile of magazines is that the beautiful
projects within spur me on to create my own designs. So this week,
inspired by the simple chain mail chains in the most recent issue of
Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry, I thought I'd try my hand at designing a
chain of my own. Now mind you, I'm no chain mail expert, not by a long
shot. But I'm finding chain mail an easy, fun, straightforward
technique. Plus, I always like to have a chance to get out my hand
tools, a welcome change from using my usual needle and thread.
came up with this little chain design that I thought you might like to
check out. It's a simple chain with two different wire colors. Want
to follow along and make it with me?
Looking for more chain mail and wireworking inspiration? Do like I do and stockpile issues of Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry.