Working in Chain Maille is something…

that interests me.  I’ve made several bracelets in various chain maille patterns and did enjoy the process, but between beading, metalsmithing, polymer clay and working with resin, there is never enough time to do it all.  However, I was recently invited to write a step-by-step article by Metal Clay Artist magazine based on my “Rain Forest Flora” bracelet.  But rather than the beaded bracelet I feature in my pattern, they are interested in having the bracelet executed in chain maille.   So I dug into my stash of sterling silver jump rings and came upon some 2.4mm sterling silver jump rings which are the perfect size for making a bracelet that would have substance, yet not “steal the thunder” of the bronze metal clay and polymer clay blossoms which are the focal point of the bracelet.   This is the bracelet I designed using a simple pattern of interlocking links. I felt that a patina using liver of sulfur would give it more definition than a bright shiny finish would have and I’m very pleased with the results.   Now on to the task of editing the photos and proofreading the new directions before sending the article off to MCAM!

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on October 25, 2011.

2 Responses to “Working in Chain Maille is something…”

  1. The bracelt is beautiful and certainly does not ‘steal the thunder’ of your beautiful flowers and blossoms. Your blog is always enjoyable to read and I look roward to the next instalment 🙂


  2. Thank you, Jen. I’ve just ordered some nifty anodized niobium jump rings in shades of blue and light green and can’t wait to play with them!


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