New Years Resolutions
I had almost resolved to NOT make any New Years Resolutions, but it actually feels like I might accomplish this one: To learn new techniques and think outside-the-box. I am teaching myself Chain Maille, though it seems more tedious than I'd like. I'm hoping as I get more skilled at it, it will go more smoothly. I have convinced myself of the necessity to close jump rings that appear "closed", though it seems redundant! And I'm getting better at it. I recommend a task light, for sure, and a magnifier if you need one. I have found two books that are really great for beginners:
The first, I found at my local library, and think I must really purchase: I miss this book and was sad to have to return it, I must have renewed it three times! It was a wonderful introduction to Chain Maille patterns and is encyclopedic in it's coverage. Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop by Karen Karon is available both in softcover and as an e-book from many places including Jewelry Making Daily Shop. http://www.interweavestore.com
|Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop|
You can find it at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Chained-Create-Gorgeous-Chain-Jewelry
|Chained: Create Gorgeous Chain Mail Jewelry One Ring at a Time|
My first attempts at Chain Maille are earrings, next will be a bracelet. Stay tuned for future projects!
|Earrings: Shaggy Loops with beads and Shaggy Loops|