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Book Review and Giveaway : Fabulous Chain Mail Jewelry

Chain mail has come a long way since its medieval war roots. It has become a peaceful adornment.  There are limited metal colors but artisans have found a way to add hues through beads and coated metals.  Marilyn Gardiner is a chain mail designer who has a different approach. She makes her pieces elegant with beautiful components and link connectors.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention I personally know Marilyn.  She happens to be the co-founder of the Grand River Bead Society where I am a member!  I had previously reviewed her first book, called Modern Chain Mail Jewelry.   While I knew she was writing her second book, I had no idea what was going to be in it until Kalmbach Publishing sent me her freshly published, Fabulous Chain Mail Jewelry, for review.

The 27 projects in the book are mostly necklaces with a few easy earrings and zipper pulls.  Marilyn uses beautiful components including handmade glass and wire wrapped beads and pendants by other artisans.  She prefers to use solid metals so all her chain mail projects list what kind of metal works for a particular design.  Shown here are my favorites.

The above stunning necklace showed how well the butterfly wing connectors teamed up with the European 4-in-1 weave.  Marilyn's book is worth purchasing just to learn how to use simple plastic canvas to help start some weaves like this one! That was a brilliant idea.

The Chrysanthemum Link necklace above is also very pretty. I was initially confused when I read project instructions as they did not seem to have sufficient information to make the weaves. Then I realized I had to read the last part of Marilyn's book, the Appendix of Weaves, first!  This is where she goes into detail how the jump rings are "woven" together.  The project pages like the one below are then easier to follow as they deal with assembly of the designs!

This contemporary design uses a variation of the Byzantine weave :

Some of the designs are built up with many sections of chain mail. This design below uses the Foursquare (B2G) weave :

Marilyn has a great knack for choosing just the right component for particular weaves like this Byzantine filigree design. Silver goes so well with copper, too!

This book will suit chain mail enthusiasts of all levels who want classy and stylish designs. Sticking to full metal rings rather than anodized or other plated metals, will definitely add elegance to the pieces and truly make them worthy for office and formal wear!


If you'd like to win this giveaway for a copy of  Fabulous Chain Mail Jewelry,  please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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  1. I love the look of chain mail as a component. It's not something I would have ever thought of, but it's very classy. I would love to win a copy so I can learn this technique. My email as elvetter01 at Thank you for this opportunity!

  2. This book looks quite good and chain mail is a technique I know little about, so in addition to the lovely projects the section with basic techniques would come in handy. Thanks, as always, for your daily beading info and for these great giveaways. Rochelleth daily blog recipient

  3. The Butterfly Wings Neck Chain is stunning! I love that Appendix section. Great idea to include some basics for those of us who are still novice in chain mail .

  4. ty for this giveaway! Love Marilyn's style of chain maille. blog follower at

  5. For my birthday in September my son bought me a book on chain maille and a 1/2 lb bag of jump rings. Lol I think he's trying to tell me something ;-) so now I am learning chain maille. There's just not enough hours in the day lol.
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  6. Paulette Savoie MenschOctober 22, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    The appendix is helpful to cover the basics before trying the project. The Butterfly piece is beautiful! via Facebook

  7. Would love to win this...thank you for the opportunity!

  8. This book looks fabulous! So many neat projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Lovely designs , varity and ways to use chains.The butterfly Wings is so pretty.What would you do first.

  10. The examples in this review look amazing. I have tried chain mail over the years. But had never thought to use them as components. Would love to win this and give it a try.

  11. Love these designs - i gave chain maille a try a couple of years ago but marilyn's book inspires me to put some real effort into it! I'd love to win this book...

  12. Projects are stunning! Great ideas. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win.

  13. This one caught my eye awhile ago, saw it in a magazine (Bead and Button I guess?). I am not so good at chainmaille but I like the idea of working with smaller bits interspersed with larger components -- I might actually be able to finish a project. (Also, of course, the photos and designs are lovely.) Will be adding this one to my Amazon wishlist for sure.

  14. Pearl, I learned chain maille from you years ago at a The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm and I have been addicted ever since. I would love to try out some of the weaves in the new book especially the Chrysanthemum Link necklace.

    1. I remember how much you loved chain maille way back then! So pleased you still like the technique. Good luck!

  15. Already picked out my favourite patterns already.

  16. Love her stuff. I would be delighted to win this book. If I do not I will likely buy it anyway.

  17. Love Marilyn's stuff. Just took a class would love this book!

  18. Love mixed colors and mixed metals. Beautiful designs, especially the butterfly. I would love to win as I am a lover of chain maille. Thanks for your giveaway from a faithful Facebook and blog fan. tigers Elizabeth Tiger

  19. I would love to win this as I recently started learning chain mail. Such beautiful designs!


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