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Sunday, December 13th, 2009
2:57 pm
Stainless Steel Box Weave
Got my first true commission. For a friend I know. I made some samples, and she really liked the box weave.

Also this is my first piece I used with my tumbler, came out looking awesome.

14 ga. Stainless Steel.


Tried my best with the camera, its not the greatest, but it will have to do until I can procure a decent DSLR with a macro lense.
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
4:09 pm
I have a question about pilers...
I make chainmail necklaces, bracelets and some small, what I like to call "art pieces" of chainmail, usually at night when I can't sleep. But lately I've noticed my pilers I use to seal the rings are leaving marks on the rings that look bad.

I bought a wholesale lot of rings years ago, many were colored or copper and I used those up first and didn't have a problem with scratches on the rings, but with the silver ones I do and I am not sure what these rings are made of.   I think it is probably aluminum, but I am not 100% sure.

Anyone have any suggestions for me?  Perhaps a way I could cover the tips of my pilers or maybe I can buy some new pilers?  I am just not sure what ones to buy.  

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
11:38 pm
Heyos! Dunno if I've posted here before, but I've been lurking for some time.

For xmas I made a rosary for a friend. There are similar things out there, but I used unusual weaves for the cross and the large beads, so thought you might find this interesting. And it's purty. ^_^

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Sunday, January 4th, 2009
11:39 am
First Post to this Community
Kind of an introduction/stuff I made, still need to take pics of other things as well, but im kinda lazy when it comes to that.

Well i have been mailling on and off for years, first got into it from a friend who was into re-enactment fighting. and I always had a fasination with armor, swords, weaponry, and such.

Well I just finished a Roundmaille necklace for a friend of mine.

It is 16ga Stainless Steel, w/ 7/32" ID, it made a nice tight weave, but not so tight that it lacks flexibility, it has a nice weight to it as well.

Friday, June 27th, 2008
1:18 am
I'm new to this community.
I'm trying to sell some chainmail if anyone is interested. It's all custom made.
Earrings- Bracelets- Necklaces- Anklets- Guitar Straps- Pretty much whatever you have in mind.

Some old piecesCollapse )

Please let me know !
You can place an order via email-

Current Mood: sleepy
Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
1:02 am
greetings all
greetings all,

i have a question about aluminum rub off...

goal is to stop it.

question: how?

situation: i have 1k of black anodized aluminum scales from TRL; however the anotizing is only on one side (looks amazing btw). i want to do anodize the scales the rest of the way to stop the oxide rub off (don't want to have black skin after wearing)

anyone know how i would go about doing this?
also without ruining the existing finish
is there another method i can use besides anodizing?
Monday, March 3rd, 2008
12:46 pm
more! more!
So i'm thinking of placing another order for rings, since i'm really enjoying making things and i think some smaller rings would be good for more feminine looking items (as y'all suggested).

I originally bought "Anodized Aluminum Jewelry Kit - 16g 5/16'" set through The Ring Lord. I like using the colors, and found it was really helpful when learning, 'cause i could follow better.

If i'm mainly doing jewelery things (chokers, bracelets, i'd like to try handflowers) what size rings should i be looking at? Should i stick with aluminum or go for another material? I don't know if i'm ready to move into the very tiny stuff yet.

I did end up making a Persian weave correctly, and gave away a bright aluminum collar and a purple bracelet. I'm still wearing my 'mistake' that seems to look good. :)
Sunday, February 17th, 2008
3:49 pm
work of art or frustration?
So halfway through a planned choker i realized what i'd been doing wrong with an attempt at a Persian pattern. Somehow on two sides i got it right and the other two i got wrong. I kept doing the wrong way to complete it, rather than pull it all apart and start again.

So that was frustrating, but kind of interesting. At least I was able to eventually figure it out, and it doesn't look bad.

EDIT: Pics under cut
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Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
12:01 pm
Hi all.

So every few months i get the desire to learn some new skill, usually of the crafty variety. So being a geek, and seeing some chainmail bracelets I wanted, I said "I could do that" and got a beginner kit from The Ring Lord.

Soooo, what are good beginner projects for a girly sort? Are there patterns for things? My greatest downfall is a lack of creativity and artistic ability, but I can DO things quite well. I could last night i enjoy making things, even if i am slow as all get out :)
Sunday, December 16th, 2007
8:56 pm
Hi all! 

I have been fiddling with chainmail on and off for the past couple years, but I have run into a little issue with the thing I am working on.  It started out with me making a small sheet of european 6 in 1, just to see how it looked.  I ended up putting it down for a few months, but I just picked it up again and decided I should join the ends and make it into a pouch.  So i joined, and now for some reason I just can't figure out how to do the decreases to make the bottom of the pouch.   Can someone dumb it down for me?  The rings are 18 gauge galvanized steel with an ID of 1/4", if that makes a difference.

Saturday, December 8th, 2007
1:28 pm
Femaillers 2008 calendar!
Every year I put together a calendar using the women who make chainmaille as my "calendar girls" and make it available to...well, anyone really lol! This calendar has a history of being a good way to give to charity (this year the money is going to the Petfinder Foundation, helping to find homes for lost animals and providing support for the organizations that contribute to taking care of these poor little pets.), as well as an amazingly unique and beautiful item to have in your home or office.

If you're interested, head on over to cafepress and grab one!

P.S. I'm Miss October ;)

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Monday, October 15th, 2007
1:43 pm
I got a few photos from scary_mary. I made the halter and skirt set for her to go to Dragon Con back in September. She is going to make a few for my web site as well. I don't know who took the photos of her at the convention, but they did well and she looks quite nice!

Rings are 14g 1/4" Annodized Aluminum and Neoprene (same size).

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Monday, September 24th, 2007
4:58 pm
<br/><a href="http://phonyart.blogspot.com/" >PhonyArt Custom Design</a>

Ok ladies and gents.  The PhonyArt Custom design and jewelery blog is up an running.  It has links to places I sell and some places I happen to like, pictures of some of my work and info about it, tips on choosing and caring for jewelery (this will hopefully be added to over time) and a bunch of other stuff as it comes to me.

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
10:47 pm
heart locks?
I'm looking for a heart shaped lock and key, a real one, that works. I've done web searches, but I can't seem to find exactly what I want. (Which is something like this (only not from Tiffany's because, well, $125 is way out of my college student budget! I definitely want it silver or aluminum(or similar color) so it can go with a chainmail necklace I'm working on. Any suggestions?

Happy crafting!
Monday, August 13th, 2007
7:05 pm
First Time Post
Hey, everyone - I'm FerroMancer (ferro from the Latin root for 'Iron' or other ferrous metals - I'm a Metal Mage!)

I've been making various maille pieces since 2001. I'm listed on the M.A.I.L. website as RunVitki. http://www.mailleartisans.org/members/memberdisplay.cgi?key=982

I've got a website in the works (I need to find better hosting) - http://users.adelphia.net/~ferromancer

I hope everyone enjoys what they see and that we can find inspiration from each other. :)

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, August 11th, 2007
3:31 pm

I'm Libbey, I'm a 25 year old senior in college in Virginia. Over the past two weeks I have been learning to make chainmaille jewerly. The main reason I picked it up is because I wanted to make something for my boyfriend (I made him a Full Persian bracelet and he only takes it off to sleep *beams*). However, it's turned into an obsession! I didn't really expect to get so wrapped up in it (or should I say, chained up? ;).

So far I can do:

* The Full Persian

* Harvest Moon

* The 1 in 4 Spiral

I've been looking online for more patterns that I like. What are your favorite patterns?

I found this on a jewelry site and I want to make it. I can't find an actual pattern online for it, but it looks pretty straight forward. I'm thinking put a ring inside another ring, then put a third ring inside both of those, make a bunch of those and then connect them with tiny rings.

I'm not so good with figuring out gauge yet (and I'm kind of dyslexic and it's hard for me to estimate size), and I don't really know what size/ratio rings would work well for this. Any suggestions?

Some friends got me started with rings to work with so far, but I plan on ordering more. So far it looks like I will be ordering from The Ring Lord. From the other sites I have seen, it looks like their prices and variety are the best. Have you found this to be true?


(cross-posted a few places)
Saturday, March 31st, 2007
8:49 pm
Micromaillers, eat your hearts out.
Found an interesting little article about chainmail made using 400 and 500 micron sized rings. I think you'd need more than a magnifying glass and a pair of tweezers, eh?

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
4:58 am
just made these and wanted to share

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Sunday, March 11th, 2007
3:01 pm
Hey guys...
I've got another question.
I'm the guy that made the +1 chainmail,
and i would really like to display it somehow. It's steel so its armor weight. Any idea what I can hang it on that it wont destroy under its weight?
1:04 pm
In the Works
I've got a couple of maille projects that are either finished or at least getting fairly close, so here are some pics for those who are interested.

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Current Mood: geeky
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