Vote for September’s Maillers’ Choice!

serpentIt’s time to vote on a colorway for our September Maillers’ Choice kit. Please select your favorite combination for the new colorful Sea Serpent bracelet by Wednesday, August 2.

Sea Serpent, a Half Persian 3-1-based necklace by Darlene Ostrowski combines rubber with anodized aluminum and aluminum rings. Wear the necklace as a long pendant as shown at right, or position the serpent horizontally for a shorter necklace.

This project features L16 jump rings and rubber rings—16 SWG (1.6 mm) 1/4″ (6.35 mm)—with large KK16 jump rings—16 SWG (1.6 mm) 5/8″ (15.9 mm). We’ll also be selling the serpent’s head (difficult to see in this photo, but we’ll have better images when we release the project!) a la carte should you wish to stock up!

This month, your choices are:

dragon mix anodized aluminum + black rubber (as shown in photo of the finished piece):

dragon-blackwater mix anodized aluminum + black rubber :

water-blackblack anodized aluminum + tomato red rubber:

black-red

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Weekly Deal Aug 26 – Sep 1: FREE Shipping on orders $25 and up (“Back to School” Edition)

The Weaving Wednesday Weekly Deal starting today is:

FREE SHIPPING for domestic orders $25+
Use code BAK2SKOOL during checkout

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Use coupon code BAK2SKOOL to receive FREE SHIPPING on domestic orders valued $25+ from now until end of day Tuesday, September 1 (11:59 pm CT). And then our next deal will start Wednesday, September 2!

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10 FREE Simple DIY Jewelry Patterns To Get You Started Making Chainmaille

Using only small metal jump rings and pliers, you can create beautiful jewelry.

It’s no secret we geek out on “whoa-how-did-you-make-that” super-intricate chainmaille projects here at Blue Buddha, but sometimes you just want to have a little fun and create something quickly you can wear out that night.

Here are 10 project ideas that are quick (they take less than 2 hours to create, and some can be completed in mere minutes) simple (perfect for beginners), and best of all, the instructions are absolutely FREE.  Blue Buddha instructions guide you through the pattern so you succeed each and every time. Most of these projects have all-in-one-kits so you have everything you need to complete the project at your fingertips. “Weave” made it easy for you to exclaim, “#MailledIt!” 😉

If you’ve never made maille before, you’ll need two pairs of pliers in addition to your chainmaille supplies. Check out our free PDF “Getting Started with chainmaille” guide and our video “What Kinds of Pliers are Best for making Chainmaille?”

10 of our favorite FREE chainmaille projects

Bisected Byzantine

Bisected Byzantine rubbermaille bracelet in purple, blue and green

Bisected Byzantine is a perfect introduction to chainmaille and working with rubber rings. Try creating this project in your favorite sports team’s colors or holiday colors!

black rubber and gold color rubbermaille finger ring on hand

This rubbermaille finger ring is a great project for folks who like large rings. The band uses silicone rubber rings so it is easy to fit and easily slides on and off … and its flexibility makes it super comfortable to wear.

 

Coiled Rubber Scallop Necklace + earrings

turquoise rubbermaille and aluminum simple coiled necklace on black neckform

This necklace comes together quickly because all the rubber-o-rings are permanently closed, so you don’t have to pre-close them yourself. Make several different necklaces to match different outfits!

Double Spiral

purple, pink and violet spiral rope chainmaille weave

Double Spiral is an impressive chainmaille weave for those new to the craft. This weave is great as a bracelet or a necklace and can be customized in a variety of colors or neutral tones. Perfect for men’s jewelry, too!

 

Illusion Loops Earrings

silver hoop floating earrings with different size circles

Learn this simple and eye-catching jewelry pattern that features several sizes of jump rings delicately balanced to hang inside each other. This is a fast and great DIY chainmaille project for beginners to learn basic techniques.

 

Möbius Ball Necklace

simple aluminum chainmaille necklace for beginners on black neckform

Create a stunning, lightweight necklace in just a few steps! This project combines large jump rings with smaller rings and pre-made chain to create a sleek and fashionable necklace.

Orbital Earrings

chain mail orbital weave earrings in water color and fire color

These earrings are our most popular project when we set up our Make ‘n’ Take booth at local events. Why? They are eye-catching, colorful and best of all, even beginners can make these earrings in less than 20 minutes.

Shaggy Loops

shaggy loops bracelet in turquoise green and brown and purple shaggy loops chain mail

Shaggy Loops is a great weave if you’re new to chainmaille. Fun and flexible, this weave works in almost any ring size. Once you’ve learned this weave, you can use it to create necklaces, earrings and bracelets. BONUS: Free video tutorial available for Shaggy Loops.

Spike Earrings

easy scalemaille earrings with alumium and purple scales

In just 3 simple steps, create lightweight, sculptural earrings unlike anything you’ll find in a store. This is a great project for people brand new to chainmaille and/or new to working with metal scales.

Wobble Necklace

wobble weave in copper and purple jump rings on black neck form

This impressive-looking beginning level chainmaille project helps crafters learn how to link jump rings together to create a gorgeous metal necklace. The result is colorful, easy to wear and highly soothing to make once you get into the groove.

Once you make your first project, be sure to post it to the Blue Buddha Boutique page on Facebook or upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #mailledit!

September Birthstone Inspiration (Sapphire) for DIY Jewelry Projects

Create birthstone-inspired chainmaille jewelry for September

Our featured September birthstone kit is the popular Glass Caterpillar bracelet. Purchase all-in-one, limited-edition kits on our seasonal page.

If you’d like to customize a different color scheme, check out the supplies list at the bottom of the Glass Caterpillar page for a shopping list.

Other September Birthstone inspirations (click an image to purchase):

sapphire niobium jump rings sapphire niobium jump rings (also available as hypo-allergenic earwire in sapphire color)
Blue anodized aluminum blue anodized aluminum jump rings
Blue enameled copper royal blue enameled copper jump rings
coboalt blue rubber rings cobalt blue rubber rings
Sapphire Swarovski Crystals sapphire Swarovski® crystal
blue anodized aluminum scales blue anodized aluminum scales
blue Czech glass donut beads light cobalt glass donut rings – Czech glass rings in 9.4 mm or 14 mm outer diameter
cobalt blue Miyuki seed beads cobalt Miyuki® seed beads, size 6/0
  electro coated toggle blue electro plated toggle

 

 

Weekly Deal Aug 19 – 25 – 42% off Keeper Boxes for Craft Item Storage

The Weaving Wednesday Weekly Deal starting today is:

42% off all Keeper Boxes
use code KEEP42 during checkout

woman holding keeper box for crafts storageKeeper boxes are THE ANSWER to craft organization! (Hence the 42% percent off … you get it, right? *wink*)

These containers are good for holding all jump rings, beads, and components in one neatly organized space. Each keeper box comes with a lid that snaps tightly shut. The lid touches each compartment wall to keep any spillage into other compartments from happening.

The bottoms of each individual container are curved, making it oh-so-much easier to grasp the contents to empty them onto a bead mat or pour into a bag – nothing gets stuck in the corners, because there are no corners!

Choose from 3 available sizes of Keeper Boxes (medium size shown in photos):

Small – 9 compartments 7 3/8” x 5 ¼” – $6.25  $3.62
Medium – 20 compartments 10 ¾” x 7 ½” $8.25  $4.78
Large – 20 compartments 13 x 7 ½”  $10.75  $6.23

keeper box filled with rubber rings and craft itemsUse coupon code KEEP42 to receive the special pricing until end of day Tuesday, August 25 (11:59 pm CT). And then our next deal will start Wednesday, August 26!

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