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A Chainmaille Weekend! My newest exciting creatings in Sterling Silver and emerald Swarovski accents in the Earrings, for a touch of colour:

Another kit learning activity! I seem to do so many of these, probably because I like learning new techniques and a kit is usually the most cost efficient way of going about it!

My Chainmaille kits came from Silver Maille, an Australian Company that does mainly chainmaille jewellery related things, with some exciting looking wire sculpture jewellery as well. Their instruction booklets are really clear, and make it easy to figure things out, especially for the ambitious beginner! I added a couple of my own techniques into the earrings, like using paperclips to indicate the triangle base, since it’s easy to get confused about which way you are facing… particularly since the rings tend to fall all over themselves!

More pics here:

 

Happy Making! Lisa

A couple of years ago I purchased a kit from a Sydney Craft Fair – ArtTable Beadwear. They made the most beautiful beaded Australian Native flowers using french beading techniques, though unfortunately it looks as though the company hasn’t survived.

Well, finally I finished the making, turning what should have been a hair ornament into an asymmetrical necklace and matching earrings. I can’t even begin to explain how I made it, though basically, each leaf/petal is made individually, and twisted together to form flowers… then arranged on longer pieces of wire and wrapped up with silk ribbon and floral tape. I combined it with a deep purple satin cord, embellished with a Chinese woven medallion.

I get so many compliments when I wear it, and I highly recommend going through the work and effort – its worth the satisfaction and reward. There are many books and kits available with a bit of searching.

 

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