Crafted By Colette

A place for me to ramble about my art and crafting exploits.

Chainmail Starburst

Back in December I mentioned my piffling experience with chainmail, and I showed you a horrendous picture of my first attempt back in 2010…

bling chainmail bracelet (2)

…and my failed translation of this picture…


…into this wonky looking tree.


After that I invested in a couple of kits, figuring that proper instructions provided with the right supplies was probably a good way to go.

I started with this kit, available from

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The BeadSisters kits are absolutely fantastic. They come with everything you need apart from the pliers.

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Including all the teeny tiny findings.

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I think this particular one was a good one to start with.  It didn’t have a million different types of ring…

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…and was fairly easy to get started.

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In fact, I didn’t have any problems at all.

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That’s a lie, there was a stage near the end that was a complete pain in the butt. It wasn’t that I was doing it wrong, it was just very very fiddly.

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But it was a joy when I finally got the hang of it.

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And when I finally finished the piece, I was very chuffed.  I’m looking forward to the many other kits I have 🙂  And to buying a few more.



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