Monday, July 22, 2013

Chain Gang

I recently had a day off and a crafty impulse, so I raided my local library for jewelry-making books.  I've been a little off creatively lately, so I wanted to get some ideas.  I ultimately decided to try my hand at chain mail jewelry.  I like the look of chain mail jewelry and I had all the supplies on hand.

I used a pattern from Chain Mail Jewelry: Contemporary Designs from Classic Techniques, but I added beaded drops and then made a coordinating crystal and chain necklace.  The necklace is simple and understated to balance the fact that the earrings are absolutely and fabulously ginormous.

Dress, TJ Maxx; sandals, Younkers; earrings and necklace, handmade by me.

I can definitely use more practice at chain mail jewelry, but it was easy enough that I wasn't overwhelmed on my first attempt.  The book I checked out has many patterns for beginner through advanced experience.

If you'd like to try your hand at chain mail jewelry, I recommend checking your local library for this book.  It is also available on Amazon for as little as $4.99.

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