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  1. Charlie Guide

    I need some pointers

    My best friend has decided to get married. This is something a lot of people never thought would happen, so we are all a little shocked and excited for her. I have been given the honour of being her matron of honor and am also helping gather the needed accessories for the wedding. One thing I have been helping with is trying to find the bridal jewellery. We've found a few styles that we like, however they are either way to pricey or very flimsy. Since I have a modicum of talent for weaving chains, I have decided that I am going to make the silly accessories and avoid any more stress from "shopping" Fortunately I still have a ton of time before the event, and there are only the 3 of us in the bridal party, including the bride. I am going to be making a necklace, bracelet, and possibly earrings for each lady. What I would like to know is, what type of chain would be best to use for this, and how fine of rings can I get away with? We all really like the bizantine weave and, as a bracelet, it could easily be used as a charm bracelet afterwards. As a necklace, I find 18g 5/32" rings to be a bit big and clunky. So, how fine might I be able to go. Also, might sterling silver rings be out of order here? Thanks in advance all! Happy Friday!
  2. Charlie Guide

    I need some pointers

    Thanks for all the helpful suggestions! I have been fishing for some direction from the bride at the same time. Most of the responses have been something like "You'll make them pretty, I trust you." Kinda helps being the matron of honor as well, she knows that I will make them the best I can. Byzantine is the chain of choice for all 3 and I think we're going to be keeping them fairly simple and straight forward. The theme of the wedding is red (her favourite colour) and lady bugs. So it should be interesting indeed to see what I can come up with. Not to mention finding charms and things that suit the theme of the day. The bracelets are probably going to be 18g straight out, as I'd like them to be strong enough to be used as charm bracelets or whatever my counter part wants to use hers for afterwards. My necklace ideas keep changing in my head as each day goes by. Thankfully I have a lot of time to practice and decide what I want to do before committing to one definite plan. It's a little tough to make a choice and a bit of a daunting project as well. Firstly, I'm still pretty new at maille-ing and not sure my skills are up to muster for such an important project and secondly well, I just hope everyone likes what I make. Thanks again!! Any and all suggestions are more than
  3. Charlie Guide

    New Mailer Questions

    Well hello there! As the topic suggests, I am new to making chainmail. Currently I am learning everything I can and just sticking to small projects. I am totally self taught, but find myself with a few questions. So far I am sticking to the byzantine weave and have been having a great time with it. I'm loving it a lot. Here are some of the questions I've come across so far, please feel free to tell me to go look for my answers elsewhere if I should have found them by now. 1. How do I limit the amount of tool marks left when working on a piece? I've used aluminum, anodized aluminum and stainless steel rings but seem to leave a great number of marks behind, no matter how much time I take when working with the rings. 2. If I put a piece in a tumbler, will it smooth out the mentioned tool marks on coloured rings or will it remove the colour? 3. Can the byzantine weave be done with a fairly small ring? If so, how small is reccomended? Currently I've been using rings that are 18g 5/32, but have had a request from someone to make them a rosary with chainmail. Personally, I think the 5/32 is a little big for a rosary chain, but I could be wrong. 4. What is the next step? I think I can do the byzantine pretty well and have looked at a few other weaves, but seeing as I am self taught, I'm a little overwhelmed trying to pick the next weave to learn. I'm certain there are things I've forgotten. I have tons of questions in general. I'd love to post pictures of pieces I've made, but friends and family keep "acquiring" them as gifts... Thanks ahead of time!
  4. Charlie Guide

    New Mailer Questions

    Thank-you all for the feedback! I have a ton more reading to do it seems. I received the "Chains By Becky" book and the rings set for Christmas last year and have been sadly un-productive in progressing through the book. Quite possibly because her numbers are a little different than TRL's but it is also a little daunting without someone local to show me how to do things properly. I've worked in a number of mediums making jewelry in the past (Hemp, beads, wire, parachute cord, embroidery thread, and a few others) and would have to say I am enjoying the challenge that is chainmail. Trying to wrap my head around what I'm supposed to be doing sometimes is tough though. If people don't mind, I will try and post a few finished product pictures and would appreciate any pointers people could give. Until later! Have a great afternoon!
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