Thursday, April 15, 2010

The weakest link

Hurray, I finally finished the second of two identical sterling silver bracelets. Chain Maille bracelets to be exact. If you're not familiar with Chain Maille, it is also called "Mail Armour" as it was used to make protective garments of armour in the Dark Ages, High Middle Ages and during the Renaissance. You can read some history about Chain Maille here.

Chain Maille jewellery is made from links (or jump rings) that are linked together (using small pliers) to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings, you name it. The end result is very beautiful and very strong and durable. Getting there is another story.


The first bracelet took me a total of about 6 hours to complete within a span of several days. The second bracelet took me even longer ( 10 hours maybe?) because I messed up half way through the bracelet and had to undo several rows of the mistake and start over. What a pain in the you know what!! Argh!

Anyway, both bracelets are now complete and I can send them off to Greece to the woman that ordered them from me. Chain Maille jewellery is not something I make very often due to the cost of the materials (ahem, customs and duty fees, shipping fees, weight of silver) and because of the duration it takes to make it.

Here is a photo of the finished product. Beautiful! It's called a "European 4-in-1" (4 rows in 1 bracelet). There are so many different styles and patterns that you can make just by following the detailed instructions that arrive with your supplies.


Check out my Etsy shop for another style of Chain Maille bracelet called the "3-in-3" bracelet. I've also added a genuine jade laughing Buddha charm on the bracelet for some visual interest and charm. Pardon the pun!

4 comments:

dawn said...

sooooo this is what you blog about? i always thought you were food? boy, i have to give props to people who make jewelry. i just would not be that good at it, i just hate to sit still. maybe i have adult add. let me go have a look at all your jewelry...

Bijoux said...

Hi Dawn, I know it's deceptive, eh? I comment on people's food blogs yet I write about design and make jewellery - LOL!. I started up a food blog over a year ago and I kept it for just a fortnight. It was just too time consuming for me. So I live vicariously via other food blogs :)

kickpleat said...

Oooh, seems like a very painstaking process...don't think i would have the patience for it! Very lovely though.

Bijoux said...

Thanks kickpleat, it is painstaking which is why I don't make this jewellery very often...