Jewelry For Me!!! New Ideas…Chainmaille obsession!

I finally sat down and made myself a pair of earrings.  I’ve been so obsessed with making sellable jewelry that I’ve let myself go!  Here’s what I did:

Chainmaille and Peace Signs

I bought the peace signs a loooooong time ago meaning to make earrings for me.  I bought the small silver plated rings in June for another project but, I like chainmaille so much that I wanted to incorporate it into my little project.

It was practice for me.  I’ve been using primarily aluminum rings which really don’t require any tools because they are so soft and easy to open and close.  Silver, stainless steel and copper aren’t quite as easy especially the little tiny ones.  I want to try to make longer chains using gold, silver and stainless steel rings.

I also have a pattern for a chainmaille vest that I promised my boyfriend about 2 years ago…time has been against me.  It’s going to be a big, tedious process but I’m determined.  I bought the recommended tools (bent nose pliers) and  I used them for the chainmaille in these earrings.  They worked beautifully.

For practice, I’m planning on making some more of the small chainmaille jewelry for myself and then plan on selling it in my Etsy shop.

Let me know what you think!

Trying New Techniques

I have spent a lot of time admiring techniques that I’ve never used before.  I love wirework and chainmaille both of which I have never really tried.  I have a wigjig and plenty of jumprings that I can play with…one is finally conquered!

Yesterday I decided to try a basic Chainmaille pattern and am very happy with the results!  I made two simple bracelets and added some bling to them.  I will be making a few more creations, including some earrings which I need desperately in my shop!  I’m very excited about how they’ve turned out and hope to post them in my shop next week.  I’m looking forward to sharing my first attempts with everyone!