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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 while ago I started experimenting with wire wrapping techniques and this was the exciting result. Wire wrapping is so easy and even if your shapes are a little wonky (as mine always are…) they still look great. I basically turned a few open spirals in sterling silver wire, and strung up some ruby red crystals around them with some fine silver wire. The half frame around the bottom of the donut was made with a base of sterling silver, loops at each end, and the crystals were added with the thin wire, wrapping around the frame a few times between each crystal. This was a really effective technique and I am keen to try a few different colours, shapes and size beads. It could also be translated to earrings or chandelier style jewellery without the donut.

Happy Beading!

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