Chain mail jewelry making is like kumihimo, knitting, crochet and other such craft where the repetitive motion calms and soothes. But chain mail has other things extra to offer - a mathematical challenge when calculating ring sizes and a chance to construct what looks like a complicated puzzle to non-practitioners!
The new book I just received, Linked: Innovative Chain Mail Jewelry Designs, explores some new ways to utilize chain mail in jewelry designs but still includes some easy and basic projects among the 22 for those just beginning in this craft.
Six different artisans contributed to this book, each bringing their own take on some popular and traditional weaves. Together they cover ideas such as combining different weaves in a single design, using colored rings, twisted wire rings and mixing chain mail with metal and leather work.
The step by step directions and photographs are as clear as they can be short of a video. John Fetvedt also provided a good side article which demystifies the optional fusing or soldering of jump rings made from different metals. Permanently closing the ring gives the piece a more finished look.
The Basics and More chapter at the end also includes helpful instructions on how to make your own rings. The use of a wooden dowel to help guide a jewelry saw as it cuts through a metal coil is indeed a helpful tip. Anne Mitchell covers how to control the fit of chain mail weaves by using simple math to calculate the aspect ratio (AR). There are also charts which show how AR affects the look of Byzantine and Full Persian weaves
One of my favorite designs from the book is the Art Deco necklace by Vanessa Walilko. She uses Swarovski rings and triangles to great effect!
Linked is an eclectic collection of chain mail designs which as a book, is not as cohesive as other chain mail books from a presentation point of view. That's to be expected with 6 different artisans and a range of photographic styles, some more successful than others. To be fair, chain mail jewelry is difficult to photograph! However, the book does offer some fresh ideas and chain mail enthusiasts would likely want to add this to their collection.
Before You Go :
- Book Review : Absolute Beginner's Guide to Chain Mail Jewelry
- Book Review : Classic Chain Mail Jewelry with a Twist
- Book Review - Creative Chain Mail Jewelry
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