Monday, May 21, 2012

Unkamen's $50 Gift Certificate and Awesome Chain Mail Tutorials

By on Monday, May 21, 2012 84 Comments

I first stumbled upon Ralph Helmrich's wonderful chain mail pictorials or picture tutorials on Flickr  - my favorites are shown and linked below. The trail then led me to his Etsy supply store called Unkamen Supplies as well as his family's finished chain mail jewelry one called Unkamen Gifts.

free jewelry making tutorial
Star Chain Mail Pendant Tutorial
Why "Unkamen"?  Ralph explained, "We are an uncommon family, so we needed an Unkamen name!"  The entire family is involved in their combined jewelry making businesses including the two home-schooled teenagers, Leah and Byron and Ralph's wife, Karen, who basically takes care of the business side of things as well as create jewelry. They have two home bases in Texas as well as Missouri. They also spend as much time as they can traveling in their 40 ft RV!

Chain Mail Cross Tutorial

 Ralph explains how he got into the business,  "I love making chain mail jewelry, but was unable to purchase jump rings that met my standards, so I invested in the equipment and started making them myself. Over 40 years engineering experience paid off!" 

free jewelry making tutorial
This and That Rubber Jump Ring Bracelet tutorial

He has come a long way since making that first chain mail necklace for Karen some years ago. Today he sells precision cut rings and other supplies. He's not kidding either as you can see from the tutorial pictures.

Battenburg Lace Bracelet Tutorial
One lucky winner of today's giveaway will receive a $50 gift certificate for either of his stores.  If you aren't certain what ring sizes are required, just ask Ralph. He is also offering readers of this blog a 15% discount coupon. The code to use is PEARL15.

Stretchy Persian Chain Mail Tutorial

free jewelry making tutorial
Jingle Bell Anklet Tutorial

Giveaway
If you'd like to win either finished chain mail jewelry or supplies to make your own, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Subscribers need to click on the post title to come to my actual blog. Scroll down and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank. Please leave an email at the very least so I can contact you easily if you win.

This is an international giveaway.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway,  those will count as additional entries too!  Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, May 28, 2012. I will pick a winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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84 comments:

  1. Oh, my goodness!!! These tutorials are awesome! My students are going to love them. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. Woo hoo, ChainMaille, my specialty :) Have pinned, shared (facebook), tweeted (twice) and google +1'd :) Thanks for the tutorials too :)

    Fingers crossed :)
    litlwlf@yahoo.com

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  3. I WILL learn Chain Maille, I've tried before and will try again until I get it, thanks to you Pearl for firing up my interest get again.

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  4. I love this giveaway :-) I'm a blog subscriber and also a fan on Facebook.

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  5. I love Unkamen supplies, I've purchased a couple of times. I'm not a chain mailler but find alot of ways to use what they make. Thank you!

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  6. I love this giveaway :-) I'm a blog subscriber and also a fan on Facebook.

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  7. I'd love to win some supplies! there never seems to be enough rings in my house... :)

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  8. Wow, what talent! I absolutely LOVE the Battenburg Lace Bracelet! Thanks for the opportunity to win a gift certificate!

    katrina@ecoFashionistasJewelry.com
    www.ecoFashionistasJewelry.com

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  9. These tutorials are really great. I love the start and cross. I'll definitely will be making these pieces!
    Bev

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  10. I love Unkamen...they are one of my favourite stores and I just love the colour combinations they use. I had bookmarked quite a few to try but could never really make them..I would love an opportunity to win either their supplies or a beautiful finished piece

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  11. I follow you on GFC and Facebook

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  12. kaypasa@embarqmail.comMay 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Wow! What a great store, and a discount too. Please count me in for this great giveaway. I just spent the better part of the last hour at the UnKamen site - drooling and planning.

    I have to tell you, Pearl, your site has been a real joy - it led me to Regretsy about a year ago, for which I am forever in your debt, as well as to some great places to shop, thanks for your posts - ever reliable too. I know when I come home from work there will be something interesting from you waiting for me.

    Kay in PA

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  13. Great article, can't wait to check out their shop. Quality jump rings are a must! :)

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  14. I would love the chance to win, thanks!

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  15. Wow Pearl...another FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY!! I've seen Ralph & Karen's shop on Etsy and have always wondered about Chainmaille,your YouTube Tut made it look easy so this would be a great incentive to try it out!!
    Shout Out on Facebook, my Blog and I'm a loyal follower of your Blog...Thanks for the opportunity!!
    Donna
    ItzMeDonnaOK@yahoo.com
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/DonnasArtisanDesigns

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  16. What fun! I love chain maille and find it almost meditative to make. UnKamen's pieces are amazing and I would LOVE a chance to try his rings!
    I am a subscriber, I follow on Facebook and twitter and I am sharing these amazing designs ion FB, Twitter and G+.
    sis5of11@yahoo.com

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  17. I want to learn chainmaille.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. GFC Follower.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Google Reader subscribe.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Cindi Mathieu cmathieu_2000@yahoo.comMay 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    I love chain nail. I have tried some patterns and it is harder than it loooks! Would love to win supplies so I can keep on going!

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  21. Wow, what a terrific giveaway! I love UnKamen's supplies and tutorials.

    I am a subscriber and a Facebook follower.

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  22. I love is work, beautiful!! Going to check out his store next!! I too am from Missouri!!

    Cndi Thomas
    Muttilouthomas@gmail.com

    Would love to win!!!

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  23. those are just awesome! I love the cross and will be trying it!

    bysalla (at) gmail (dot) com

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  24. Eeeh, I love Unkamen's shop, so far been happy with everything I got from them. So hope I'll win. *crosses fingers*

    wollberg.sandra [at] googlemail.com

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  25. Eeeh, I love Unkamen's shop, so far been happy with everything I got from them. So hope I'll win. *crosses fingers*

    wollberg.sandra [at] googlemail.com

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  26. Eeeh, I love Unkamen's shop, so far been happy with everything I got from them. So hope I'll win. *crosses fingers*

    wollberg.sandra [at] googlemail.com

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  27. I bought some supplies from Unkamen this year and they were great! I would love to get some supplies and try making some chainmaille of my own! Enjoy the day.
    Erin

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  28. I've become smitten with chain maille. I have also found that making my own chain for beaded designs adds so much to the piece.
    Pearl, thanks for the post
    Debbie

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  29. Unkamen has some really great product. This would be an awesome giveaway to win.

    stealthandaces at gmail dot com.

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  30. I also posted the giveaway to my Facebook page.

    stealthandaces at gmail dot com

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  31. wow this is awesome.thank you so much for the opportunity. i LOVE your blog. wish i had known you when i lived in halifax.
    janet119@gmail.com

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  32. How gorgeous !! I have always wanted to try a chainmaille project. Thanks so much for sharing Pearl. I never seem to win anything but keep hoping. Going to check out the toots now. I'm a blog subscriber plus a fan on facebook.!!

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  33. I LOVE Ralph!!!! He always helps me find exactly what I need! That's why he is the ONLY person I buy my wire from!!!!
    -Felicia-
    AlicesEyesDC@yahoo.com

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  34. I have been using Unkamen's jumprings for almost 2 years now. They are fantastic. Their silver filled wire is also great and affordable. I am a huge fan.

    Jeanne @ banasj@hotmail.com

    Cheers!!!

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  35. I LOVE Unkamen - they have the best supplies & superior quality.

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  36. I'd love to win some supplies, and Unkamen has some great quality items.

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  37. Greetings from a chainmail maker (in my college class on jewelry making) thanks for the inspiring tutorials every time. I hope to win
    Marilyn ... m.yospe@sbcglobal.net

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  38. Please...I have a shopping list I want to fill at his shop!!

    Kris @ kf.ahlskog@gmail.com

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  39. Mary Ann KirtleyMay 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    I love chainmaille.....it's my therapy. So many weaves to learn!

    via email

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  40. I've been doing chainmaille for about a year and Unkamen Supplies is one of my favourite suppliers for those extra special things to incorporate in my jewelry.

    I'd love the chance to win. ferretmagic(at)yahoo(dot)se

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  41. WooHoo! Re-posted on Facebook (Faceplant as my hubby refers to it), Twitter & Google+

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  42. Always something I've wanted to try, thanks Pearl.

    Cheers

    Vicky F
    victoria_farrell(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  43. linda at cherryOnTopDesign.CoMay 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    I LOVE this company! I've been buying from them for nearly a year - GREAT product and great tutorials!

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  44. I love chain mail!! I am a blog follower, a facebook fan, and have pinned on pinterest!! Contact info: laceyj1204(at)gmail(dot)com since I'm not sure how it shows up on your blog.

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  45. Wonderful!!
    kathy@beadify.com

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  46. Wow! These are so beautiful!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  47. I'm a follower.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  48. I'm an e-mail subscriber.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  49. I'm a Facebook fan - Aik Chien

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  50. I'm a Twitter follower @3velyna

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  51. I tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/3velyna/status/204751117962317824

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  52. I'm new to beading/jewelry making so I could really use some additional supplies. I have Unkamen saved in my favourites on Etsy. I love his handmade ear wires.

    Thanks for hosting a great giveaway.
    shirlee1122(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  53. I'd love to win some of the jewelry. I love the look of chainmaille, but don't have the patience for it.

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  54. Nice work. I'm saving these tutorials.

    Roxanne
    Eight Cat Design
    eightcatdesign at gmail dot com

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  55. I made my first chainmaille bracelet about a year ago and loved it so much I went online to find a better quality of rings and found Ralph & UnkamenSupplies on etsy!
    Very happy with all kits, rings, clasps, beads & charms I've purchased from them. Leah's tutorial on how to make the Shaggy bracelet was helpful & quite entertaining. All of Karen's photos are beautiful.
    Glad to see you feature this great family & their shops!
    I'm a blog follower and a facebook fan. Thanks!!

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  56. linda at cherryOnTopDesign.CoMay 22, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Been a longtime fan of Unkamen on FB

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  57. I love Unkamen's jump rings, they're fabulous :D

    Carrie

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  58. I would so love a chance to incorporate these with my beads!

    cjlogie@gmail.com
    https://www.facebook.com/PearlsAndDenim

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  59. Thanks so much for your blog which I get by email as well as being a fan on the facebook. I would love the chance to win chainmaille supplies - I would love to try chainmaille with coloured rubber rings :-)

    jandmmarshall at aol.com

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  60. thanks so much for your blog and this lovely prize. I follow you on fb and get the emails too. I would love to try chainmaille with quality supplies like these. x

    jandmmarshall@aol.com

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  61. also I am about to share on the FB too :-)

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  62. linda at cherryOnTopDesign.CoMay 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    facebook fan of beading gem's journal

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  63. LOVE Unkamen Supplies! Happy to read about more jewelry techniques and creative ideas!

    I "liked" you on facebook (Cathy V)
    I "followed" you on Twitter (LovedbyJesus77)
    I +1'ed you on Google
    I subscribed to your email
    I repinned this contest
    and I'm about to go do a "shoutout" on Fb! I would love to win a gift certificate to the Unkamen shop! Ralph and his family do some awesome work!!! :D (Did I mention this is an awesome prize???)

    Cathy at humbleadornments dot com

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  64. I've just started making Chain mail and I love it. I have shared and liked on facebook, have you listed as one of my fave's on ESTY and a blog subscriber.

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  65. I have just started doing Chain mail and love it.
    Facebook, Esty and blog.
    sandm.creations11@gmail.com

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  66. I want to do chain mail. Have to get myself started and these look like great ways to start! Thanks.

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  67. I'm a Facebook Fan, subscribe to your blog, Fave you on Etsy, and am a devoted customer! Love your kits and your customer service is outstanding!

    capper22@sbcglobal.net
    etsy.com/shop/cherikaberry

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  68. I am a Facebook Fan, subscribe to your blog, fave you on Etsy, and am a devoted customer! Love your kits and the outstanding customer service!

    capper22@sbcglobal.net
    etsy.com/shop/cherikaberry

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  69. I would love to win this giveaway. I'm just getting back into chain maille, trying to learn some new weaves besides Byzantine variations. I'll be checking out some of these great tutorials. Thanks so much. I will share on facebook too.

    Jan.Neff@ymail.com

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  70. Jan Neff-SinclairMay 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Ok, I liked your page on facebook, retweeted your tweet about the giveaway, subscribed to your newsletter, and even bought the anklet kit featured in your blog. So do I get extra entries in this giveaway? I really want to win!!!

    Jan.Neff@ymail.com

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  71. Nice and clear tutorial! I like the star very much! I will make one for myself, because i'm "littlestar" and my Taiwan friend!!! Lovely!!!

    Of course, I'm your blog subscriber!

    missjoeycraft at gmail dot com

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  72. Love the Unkamen's on Etsy. Great giveaway, thanks!!

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  73. Well about a couple of weeks ago I stumbled onto Ralph's Chain Maille site on Etsy.... Well I am new to chain maille and I am so addicated I have placed a couple of orders and just cant seem to get enough. Ralph has been so wonderful to help me learn this new art. I am so glad to have found Ralph. Making chain maille is really so fun!! Liza Smerza
    email: liza@smerza.net

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  74. Love chainmalle and Love UnKamen! These are awesome tutorials, can't wait to try them out :)
    Jennifer McKinnie
    brankletsnbling@hotmail.com
    www.etsy.com/shop/brankletsnbling

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  75. I have been shopping with Ralph at UnKamen for quite some time. I love love love to do business there and I have never gotten anything but the best from them!

    thanks for the blog post!

    angelia @ angelia79424@yahoo.com

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  76. I really want to learn chainmail. These tutorials will be so helpful! Thanks.

    kraftygirl4 @ comcast.net

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  77. I, too, enjoy making chainmaille. I have purchased both rings and kits from Unkamen and they are top quality. Ralph is soooooo helpful. I am glad you are spreading the word about this wonderful family business and giving us the chance to win some awesome stuff. Thanks!

    Miriam
    miriamkeating@sbcglobal.net

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  78. Wow I love this giveaway.
    I am a blog subscriber and a fan on Facebook.

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  79. Another great resource~thank you. I'm loving chain maille and always looking for new things to learn and do. I'm an email subscriber, avid FB fan and a Pinterest follower :) Christie

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  80. I love Unkamen .. their service and rings are fantastic!!!! Would love to win the gift certificate to their shop :-)

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  81. I love the star tutorial, and I've sent this post and Unkamen's links to my chainmail friends. I'd love to win the gift certificate but even if I don't, the tutorials are a gift in themselves. Thank you so much!

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  82. I discovered chain mail about a year ago by chance and fell in love with it. Would love to win this giveaway! I'm a subscriber and an fb fan.

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  83. Chain Maille has always been fascinating to me and no matter how hard I try the technique seems to escape me. Would love to get the tutorials.

    wwiley1233

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