Linkt Craft Kits Now Available!

The Hottest New Tween Craft Project Helps You Make Stunning, Real, Metal Jewelry

You can now buy Linkt™ Craft Kits in the Blue Buddha Boutique Etsy shop! (If you’d like to buy online and we are out of stock, try searching for Linkt Craft Kits on Amazon or follow the links at the end of this post.)

Linkt Craft Kits boxes
These 5 kits introductory kits from Neat-Oh! International make it easy for children, tweens and adults to make professional artisan-quality jewelry.

Use Linkt™ Craft Kit’s patent-pending tool to help you link metal rings together, creating a stunning piece of real jewelry faster than you think. The metal is soft enough that you can bend the rings by hand, but strong enough to make lasting jewelry. Kits include crystal-clear instructions, materials to make five bracelets in a variety of colors, and a bonus charm and a patent-pending layout tool.

Linkt™ Craft Kits was created by Neat-Oh! International, a successful specialty toy manufacturing company, and Rebeca Mojica, founder of Blue Buddha Boutique. Driven by a desire to make this artform accessible to all, Rebeca and Neat-Oh! developed new tools and materials to revolutionize this craft. The product was named one of the top 5 Innovations Center finalists at Creativation 2017.

Each kit, priced at $20, has everything you need to complete multiple projects in a single box. You can make up to 20 pairs of earrings, or 5 necklaces, or 5 bracelets—mixing and matching metal and silicone rings in a variety of colors so every single piece is different.

 

For more info, see my previous blog post introducing Linkt™ Craft Kits.

LInkt Craft Kits chainmaille bracelets, necklaces and earrings in a variety of colors

For updated information and to find out when new designs for Linkt™ Craft kits are available (yep, we’re already working on the next collection!), follow Linkt Craft Kits on Facebook!

Have fun, get Linkt™!

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Buy Linkt Craft Kits on Amazon.com:

Bubble Loops

Spinning Halos

Bonding Bracelets

Hoops & Loops

Maille Bonding

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Enter To Win a Free Linkt™ Craft Kit!

Fill Out This 8-Question Survey For Your Chance To Win A Free Kit – Or 5 Kits!

rebeca_mojica_with_Linkt_Craft_KitsWithin a few weeks we hope to have our first shipment of Linkt Craft Kits in the Blue Buddha Boutique Etsy shop.

The team at Neat-Oh! International and I have put a lot of hard work into the first 5 kits and I am so excited that the products will finally be in stores soon! And by so excited, I mean I’m so enthusiastic about sharing these kits with the world that I am giving away the first few kits I receive!

Two lucky winners chosen at random will each receive their choice of any one kit. And one really lucky randomly chosen winner will receive one each of all 5 kits – that’s $100 value and enough materials to make at least 15 bracelets, 5 necklaces and 25 pairs of earrings!

Complete the survey by end of day Sunday April 16 (Pacific Time), as the winner will be selected on Monday April 17. Items will ship as soon as Blue Buddhda Boutique receives them from the warehouse – please note that this could be a few weeks.

FINE PRINT:
You must be 18 or older to enter.

One entry per person; duplicate entries/email addresses will be deleted.
Shipping included for US and Canada residents only; if you live in another country you will need to pay for shipping in order to receive your product.
Winners will be contacted by email on Monday April 17, 2017 and must respond by Monday May 15th in order to claim their prize, otherwise prize will be awarded to another randomly chosen entrant.

Good luck!

Rebeca Mojica holding Linkt Crafts Kit sign

Introducing Linkt Craft Kits by Neat-Oh! International and Rebeca Mojica

July 2017 UPDATE: You can now purchase Linkt Craft Kits in the Blue Buddha Boutique Etsy shop! If we are out of stock, try searching for Linkt Craft Kits on Amazon.

At long last – the secret project I’ve been working on since Blue Buddha’s closure is coming to fruition! In conjunction with Neat-Oh! International, I’m so excited to present Linkt™ Craft Kits, a new introduction to the historic art of chainmaille.

Linkt Craft Kits by Neat-Oh! International

Linkt™ Craft Kits are the first-ever line of chainmaille kits designed for kids 8 and up

The five introductory kits make it easy for anyone to get started making maille. Each kit, priced at $20, has everything you need to complete multiple projects in a single box. You can make up to 20 pairs of earrings, or 5 necklaces, or 5 bracelets—mixing and matching metal and silicone rings in a variety of colors so every single piece is different.

Linkt Craft Kits Bubble Loops European 4-in-1 chaimaille bracelets

Linkt™ Craft Kits by Neat-Oh! will change the way you think about chainmaille

Chainmaille has been around for more than a thousand years, most famously used in mesh shirts of armor worn by medieval knights. The artform has seen a recent resurgence in popularity, with artisans across the world creating a huge variety of designs by linking tiny metal circles called “jump rings.”

Chainmaille crafts have traditionally been targeted to adults as chainmaille is often considered difficult to do. It requires manual dexterity to use pliers, finger strength to work with metal and logic/math skills to understand the patterns.

child's hands making chainmail linkt craft kits Linkt™ Craft Kits have eliminated these barriers, making it easy for anyone 8 and up to create beautiful designs. The folks at Neat Oh! International and I have developed new materials and tools to introduce people to chainmaille. The metal in the kits is soft enough to be manipulated by hand. We’ve created patent-pending layout tools to hold previously closed rings in place while the user adds new rings. Each kit includes full-color paper instructions in 3 languages, and free YouTube videos are available for each project.

All of this helps make this craft fun and frustration-free. You can produce a beautiful result faster than you think. Kids have tried Linkt™ Craft kits and they are absolutely amazed when they lift their piece from the magic layout tool and see it transform into a stunning bracelet.

The joy truly is in the journey, and I’m sure kids everywhere will have so much fun learning how to make chainmaille.

Take a look at some of the projects below, and let me know what you think in the comments section!

LInkt Craft Kits chainmaille bracelets, necklaces and earrings in a variety of colors Girl wearing friendship bracelets in blue, purple and green by Linkt Crafts Kits  Girl wearing Bubble Loops Pink and Silver Necklace Linkt Craft Kitstwo boys wearing male friendship bracelets from Linkt Craft Kits Maille Bonding chainmaille earrings in a variety of colors and styles from Hoops and Loops Linkt Craft Kits

Rebeca Mojica with Linkt Craft Kits boxesFor updated information and to find out when new designs for Linkt™ Craft kits are available, follow Linkt Craft Kits on Facebook!

Have fun, get Linkt™!

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Photo credits: Nakai Photography [email protected] (All photos except the final photo) and Jason Scerena (final photo)
NOTE: Some of the links in this article are affiliate links, which means I earn a few pennies for any transactions you make on Amazon after following those links. Any little bit helps keep the lights on, so I appreciate your clicks and purchases very much. Thanks for supporting independent artisans and small businesses! :-)

Pirouette & Rondo a la Byzantine Kits & Tutorials

Final Kits Assembled at Blue Buddha!

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Woo-hoo! I’ve added 100+ kits to the B3 Etsy shop for my new Pirouette design and an updated version of my classic Rondo a la Byzantine weave.

Both kits were assembled at the Blue Buddha warehouse before we shut down. This is your LAST chance to grab an authentic Blue Buddha Boutique kit with the last of the B3 rings! Quantities of some colorways are extremely limited (and one is already sold out–the students at Bead Fest grabbed all I had). Shop now to ensure you get the colorway you want!

IIf there’s a project you’d like to see me add to our Etsy shop, or any weave you’d like to see me make a tutorial/video for, please leave a comment below!

Jump Ring Suppliers For Making Chainmaille Jewelry

Blue Buddha’s Recommended Chainmaille Suppliers List

Since B3 announced our closing, we were flooded with requests to know where to buy quality rings like the ones we sold. At long last, I’ve compiled a list! For each metal, I’ve given my top recommendations. Following that is an alphabetical listing of each supplier with a link to their website.

A few important notes

I will likely update and tweak the list over the next 1-2 months, especially as I get new information or products from vendors. Know that my list is in no way comprehensive. There are many suppliers that I have no experience with, so I haven’t included them here. The Chain Maille group on Facebook maintains a great list of suppliers, far longer than my list. Feel free to use it! All of my suppliers (except Zili) are US- or Canada-based, because I’m in North America, so it makes sense for me to use closer suppliers.

Also keep in mind, these recommendations are based on my subjective opinions and experiences. Yours may be different. Feel free to leave positive reviews and share your own experiences in the comments. I won’t allow bad-mouthing of vendors in the comments; there are plenty of other places online you can leave reviews and vent about bad experiences. For this post, I ask that you keep comments positive (like the childhood saying goes, “If you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything.”)

Finally, remember all suppliers’ rings are different. Ordering a 1/4″ (aka “L” or 6.4 mm) ring from another supplier is probably going to give you a slightly different size ring that what you would’ve purchased from B3. Some suppliers use AWG and some use SWG and many use a combination of both. If you have old Blue Buddha ring packs, look for the exact wire diameter measurements and check with your new supplier to make sure they match. Carefully close a few of our rings to measure the exact aspect ratio and see what your potential supplier has that is closest. Several of these suppliers are willing to “match B3 sizes” if you tell them that is what you are trying to do – either let them know the Blue Buddha size you want to duplicate and/or see if they’ll let you send them a few rings for comparison.

B3’s Top Recommendations For Jump Rings

Anodized Aluminum (full-coverage rings)Metal Designz and C&T Designs offer full-coverage rings like Blue Buddha used to offer. (Metal Designz is slowly replacing their AA stock with stock that closely resembles B3 stock! Check with them to see what colors/sizes they have, as they may still have some batches of rings that are not all-over color.)

Note – I haven’t yet found a full-coverage supplier for some of Blue Buddha’s larger rings (T14 and X12) nor a supplier to create a “faux gold” AA line in many sizes. I’m working on it, and when it happens, I’ll let you know!

Anodized Aluminum (anodized pre-cutting)Weave Got Maille, West Coast Chainmail and The Ring Lord all provide AA. Each of those suppliers uses their own anodizing company and therefore the colors you get from each one are going to be unique. For all of these AA batches, the coils are anodized and the rings are cut from the coils afterward. It means the cuts themselves aren’t anodized. One advantage is that the color tends to be far more consistent and one disadvantage is that the cut is not anodized. I recommend buying a few small batches of rings to see what you think. It turns out, I don’t mind the cut not being anodized as much as I thought I would – if the cut is good enough, you can still get a seamless closure and your rings look great.

Aluminum – If you want shiny aluminum, Zili has the best rings I’ve ever seen. His website might be intimidating your first time around, but his rings are worth it, trust me. Other recommendations are Weave Got Maille, Metal Designz and HyperLynks. I’ve heard great things about C&T‘s aluminum rings, too.

BronzeMetal Designz, Weave Got Maille, HyperLynks, The Ring Lord

CopperSpiderchain, Weave Got Maille, Metal Designz

Enameled CopperWeave Got Maille

Gold-fill, Rose Gold, Argentium Silver and other Precious MetalsSpiderchain, Weave Got Maille, ChainWeavers.com

Jewelry Brass (also known as NuGold, Jeweler’s Bronze and Red Brass)Spiderchain, Metal Designz, Weave Got Maille and West Coast Chainmail – If you order from West Coast Chainmail, be sure to order Red Brass, rather than yellow brass, to get the more subtle gold-looking brass. (If you do want the yellowy brass, then West Coast Chainmail has you covered, too!)

Niobium – My top recommendation is Spiderchain. Her colors are beautiful and she is just as persnickty as I am about ring quality and precision sizing. She may be willing to match old B3 sizes if there is enough demand. My other recommended supplier is ChainWeavers.com. Also, C&T Designs is known for their rainbow rings, where the entire niobium color spectrum is contained on a single ring!

TitaniumMetal Designz and The Ring Lord

Stainless Steel – If you want soft steel like Blue Buddha used to have, my only recommendation is Metal Designz. They have square stainless, too!

Sterling SilverSpiderchain, Weave Got Maille, ChainWeavers.com

B3’s Top Recommendations For Other Chainmaille-Related Items

Rubber RingsSpiderchain has taken over Blue Buddha’s rubber rings, so clearly that’s my #1 recommendation for rubber! I love our silicone rings – the color is amazing, they are stretchy and shiny and they hold up well over time (unlike other rubber which tends to get really stiff and may even crack).

Scales – Blue Buddha was the original company to provide full-coverage anodized aluminum scales! No stress now that we’re closed, though, you can buy them from Metal Designz, The Ring Lord and C&T Designs (Note that The Ring Lord has both full-coverage scales as well as economy scales which are punched after anodizing (meaning the edges are not colored), so make sure to double-check when ordering to make sure you get the type that you need.)

HyperLynks kitsMhai O Mhai Beads

Other Kits/InstructionsChainWeavers.com, Weave Got Maille, C&T Designs & of course you can continue to find chainmaille tutorials for Blue Buddha designs on our Etsy Shop (I’ll also create blog posts for the free PDF tutorials we used to offer).

Findings, Beads, Other Components – It would be difficult to list outlets for every single non-jump ring item we sold. Most of the suppliers below have a findings/clasp/other/misc section, so check on their website to see if they have what you need! Even if they don’t have the exact model of something Blue Buddha sold, they probably have something that will work just as good, if not better, than what we sold!

 

Alphabetical Listing of Recommended Suppliers

Blue Buddha Boutique – Gone, but not forgotten! Check out our tutorials on Etsy. I’ll add the occasional kit (and who knows what else) to the shop, too.

C&T Designs – A Colorado-based supplier with a fiercely loyal fan base. They are known for lightning fast shipping and their rainbow-niobium jump rings.

ChainWeavers.com – They specialize in precious metals (including some nifty unusual rings like oval-shaped rings and their discontinued DragonDust line) and kits. Kathleen was kind enough to send me a complimentary copy of their Jens Pind Instructions, which have had a 100% success rate with customers! So be sure to check out their kits & instructions!

HyperLynks – Not only does HyperLynks sell many of their kits through Mhai O Mhai, they also make their own bright aluminum, bronze, copper, EPDM rubber rings, and glass “LovelyLynks” rings. Check out the “where to buy” section on their website.

Metal Designz – One of Canada’s biggest chainmaille suppliers with a large variety of jump rings. They have some really unusual clasps, too.

Mhai O Mhai – They have a huge selection of HyperLynks kits and are also authorized distributors for many Blue Buddha tutorials. Plus they have zillions of other chainmaille and beading items.

Spiderchain – I’ve known Spider since 2002 and absolutely love her precious metal rings. She is picky about size and quality (pickier than I am, if that’s possible!) and has amazing customer care. I highly, highly recommend her. Plus Spiderchain is the only place to buy the silicone rubber rings we used to sell at Blue Buddha.

The Ring Lord – If you’re looking for a MASSIVE selection of jump rings, scales, beads and all things chainmaille, along with low prices, The Ring Lord is your best bet. If you make armor and not jewelry, the Ring Lord is pretty much the only place I’d recommend. They also have many, many interesting components, most of which are unique to them, and they’re always coming up with something new.

Weave Got Maille – A large selection of jump rings (AWG) including a line of brand new Anodized Aluminum rings. The owner of WGM was so unhappy with the anodizing companies out there (a struggle I can relate to all too well) that she decided to build her own anodizing factory! Now that’s impressive. They stock a whopping 20 colors including several you won’t find anywhere else!

West Coast Chainmail – Andre’s anodized aluminum rings are terrific, and he carries a shade of teal (when the anodizer cooperates, heh) that no other company has. I was also really impressed by his jewelry brass rings. He is the owner of one of Blue Buddha’s old tumblers, and we’ve passed on our tumbling secrets to him, so I suspect any rings you order from him will be nice and shiny!

Zili – Blindingly shiny aluminum rings. Henrich aka Zili is one of the best, most technical, chainmaille brains around.