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Innovative Chain Maile Weave Tutorials by BrilliantTwistedSkulls


It's no secret that many crafters find knitting, crochet, tatting, sewing, making jewelry and so on very relaxing.  So it comes with no great surprise there is growing evidence these activities are good for our health.  Crafting relieves stress and anxiety, helps with insomnia and even reduces the risk of cognitive decline as we age. Neuroscientists now think our brains have neuroplasticity - the ability to form new neural connections throughout our lifetime.  Use it or lose it!

Chain maille doesn't get mentioned as much as knitting and crochet for its health benefits but the technique also makes one's brain fire up! Chain mail weaves are just as soothing to do.  Like other crafts, chain maille engages many parts of the brain, not just in creativity but in visual- spatial coordination and in problem solving.


Sarah and Kirk, based in Washington have come up with a number of tutorials for their innovative  chain maille weaves.  Their shop, BrilliantTwistedSkulls,  have weaves for bracelets as well as for pendants (or key chains). The projects are rated from beginner through to advanced levels. So there is something for everyone!

I particularly loved the unusual anchor and arrowhead designs. Their complex weaves and different cross weaves are also noteworthy.













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5 comments:

  1. Wow, thank you for a great post on chain maille. It is my focus as you can tell by my business name Ring by Ring Designs. I get lots of comments about "What is chain maille?" and "How do you do that?" it is great to see the technique featured. You have found some wonderful tutorials also. I plan to try some. Thanks, Pearl.

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  2. I've always been intrigued by chain maille, but I always seem to get hopelessly lost if I ever lose concentration for a second. I have made the Eye of Ra bracelet (and as a necklace) several times with different colors and they always grab lots of nice comments when my wife wears them. I like to take the materials with me when I travel because they take minimal equipment and are easily transportable. I really like many of Sarah and Kirk's designs; however, I wish that they would sell kits so that you don't have to search for the right sized rings or end up with 100's of extra rings.

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  3. And they are amazing as well as therapeutic! I am trying to get into this realm of jewelry, but I am not doing well with it. These old bones don’t let me hold one thing in place whilst twisting or wrapping another piece. I am going slow and not giving up on it though. These are not only beautiful and amazing, they are very unique. They would make great gifts for Christmas. Thank you Pearl, for all you bring us and everything you do to help us keep our minds working. Thank you for bringing all these amazing artists right into our homes, as if they are standing right in front of us teaching us how to do what they do! I really appreciate what all you do for us!

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  4. This anchor is an incredibly creative design. This artist is ingenious.

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  5. those are some of the most unique chain maile designs i've seen! I agree, the anchor and arrowhead are especially cool!

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