Day 7 was, apart from being 2 days ago, a failure. But it was an interesting experiment in a craft I don’t have a lot of experience with. Once upon a time I was intrigued by chainmail and I made this very badly photographed bracelet.
That was back in 2010. Since then an interest in chainmail has continued, but I’ve never really gotten around to working on it. Then, when searching through my ideas folder for this 25 Crafts of Christmas thing, I found this picture and an attached scan from “Step By Step Wire Jewelry, Winter 2010” (The pattern was designed by Shelley Hubbs who has a website at Metaldesignz.com).
I thought, well they look fairly simple. I could make those. So I looked at the pattern, made a note of what rings I needed, and had a look on eBay. The actual sizes required were 2.4mm and 4mm rings, which seemed VERY small to me. So I tried to maintain the ratio and scale up.
Which brings us up to December. I gathered my supplies…
…and started off reasonably well.
At this point I realised that all the smaller rings needed to be closed, and in coloured pairs. So I spent a good hour doing that, and getting a small sore on the end of one finger as a result. But I had lots of pairs.
And then I continued. I still had two rows to go when I realised that it wasn’t quite working.. Here’s where I stopped.
With context, you can see that it’s meant to be a Christmas tree, but there are a few problems.
The ring size ratio is off – I really should have gone with the original sizes. The green rings that I bought are way too soft – I didn’t even need pliers to manipulate them. The multi-coloured rings I bought, from a different eBay seller – are all slightly different sizes, and different finishes.
Being unhappy with your materials is a surefire way to be unhappy with your finished product, so I stopped there and called it an experiment. In the New Year, when my finances have recovered a little from the holidays, I’ll get some rings from an online beading shop that my friend Cayden uses, and I’ll get the proper sizes, and I’ll have another go.