Monday, December 21, 2009

Tri-Color Inifinity Bracelet with Beads

This is another gorgeous design from and has copper, bronze, and sterling rings with onyx bead accents. It has a lot of life to it when worn.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Once again, I have more chain maille bracelets to show. The top picture is a brass and glass donut bicycle chain bracelet fabricated of 18 gauge brass. The second picture displays three 18 gauge brass byzantine and glass donut bracelets, and the last picture is a bracelet in two-tone sterling and gold-filled rings called status link bracelet designed by Sue Ripsch and bought as a kit from her website With the exception of the status link bracelet, I coiled and cut all the rings by hand and forged the clasps. I'm getting a better result with practice, but unless I decide to spend a lot of money and buy a jump ring cutting system, they will always be a tad bit rough looking.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Copper Scroll Link Bracelet

This design is fabricated from 18 gauge raw copper. I made 56 scroll links, each from 1 1/2" wire, and fit them all together with dozens of 5mm ID jump rings from the same gauge. I LOVE IT!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

More Chain Maille

I've been on a roll this week, after making the first chain maille bracelet a week ago. These three bracelets, one bronze, and the other two sterling, were made in a few hours each. The bronze chain was a kit from, who I can not recommend highly enough. He's a fabulous designer and teacher as well as supplier of his kits. I made the rings myself for the wedding knot bracelet (seen on the black background, on the bottom right) and it's a little rough but I'm still learning. I'm obsessed now.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Brass Rosary Bracelet

I'm sort of obsessed with chain maille construction right now, and here's another piece I just finished up. I made all the jump rings, 18gauge brass, 3.5mm ID, using an aluminum knitting needle (size 4). I have a huge supply of mandrel sizes soooo handy. The second picture shows the first bracelet for comparison which uses 18gauge silver with 4.5mm ID. This one is a bit more delicate.

I apologize for the pictures in the last few posts. I am so unable to wait for the right lighting conditions!!!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Beaded Byzantine Bracelet and Earrings

I'm home from yet another class from Star's Beads and this time I made a Byzantine bracelet and earrings from 18 gauge sterling silver jump rings. It was great fun and the bracelet wears beautifully. A glass donut ring was used in place of double jump rings for this particular variation!