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!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring cleaning


No, no...don't leave!

This IS the "Keep it Simple" blog. You ARE at the right place.

I did some Spring cleaning. It was long overdue actually.

I decided to change my blog header. (Hurray Photoshop course!!)

I went with something lighter on the soul and um, let's call it ..."tranquil and peaceful and zen."


I grew a bit tired of the black background and so I decided to go with a more traditional sterile white. I may change this though. There is such a thing as too much white, right?

I've also changed some font colours around.

I'm still experimenting with things so next time you visit, the blog may seem a tad different again.

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