Weaving Wednesday Deal July 29 – Aug 4 is: 40% OFF Artisan Toggles

The Weaving Wednesday Weekly Deal starting today is:

Banner-onethird-ARTISAN_toggleSave 40% on Hammered Artisan Toggles in 3 finishes: rhodium, copper, gold

hammered artisan toggles in rhodium copper and goldThe lovely Artisan Toggle is one of Rebeca’s favorite finishing components for large chainmaille weaves. We used this toggle in our featured project variation this week – check out the blog post and video for tips on how to make Mayhem and Mayhelm.

Use coupon code ARTISAN to receive the special 40% off pricing on Artisan Toggles from now until end of day Tuesday, August 4 (11:59 pm CT). And then our next deal will start Wednesday, August 5!

mayhem chainmaille braceletMayhem uses a gold-finish Artisan Toggle to match the gold huge rings.

The Carousel Bracelet below in aluminum and rubber by Susan Thomas uses a rhodium Artisan Toggle (one toggle is included in each kit):

Additional designs that we think would look great with the Artisan Toggle:

Sirith (Beginning)

Lunar Moth (Intermediate)

Helm Wave (Advanced)

 

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Just One Ring Bracelet Variations: Mayhem and Mayhelm Chainmaille Weaves

Use varied jump ring sizes to create the classic Jens Pind chainmaille weave, then add extra embellishments to create these new variations.

You’ve conquered Jens Pind, you’ve moved on to Just One Ring and you may even have created the Just One Ring Y Necklace variation shown in a recent blog post. So, what’s next?

These guys are!

mayhem and mayhelm weaves by Rebeca Mojica

Mayhem (top) and Mayhelm (bottom) are the two latest weaves using the Onering/Whatif/May* concept – read more about Onering at Maille Artisans (M.A.I.L.).

You’ll need to know how to weave Jens Pind and Just One Ring first, and then you’re ready to tackle these guys. Check out the video below for how to create Mayhem and Mayhelm.

mayhem chain mail weaveMayhem jump ring sizes and materials:
* 10 small rings (gold color) – G16 – 16 SWG (1.6 mm) 11/64″ (4.4 mm)
* 12 medium rings – T16 – 16 SWG (1.6 mm) 3/8″ (9.5 mm)
* 10 large rings – Z16 – 16 SWG (1.6 mm) 15/32″ (11.9 mm)
* 5 huge rings (gold color) – SS14 – 14 SWG (2.0 mm) 3/4″ (19.1mm)
* 4 optional “small” rings – H16 – 16 SWG (1.6 mm) 3/16″ (4.8 mm)
* Artisan Toggle
* 4 additional small rings for clasp (gold color) – G16 – 16 SWG (1.6 mm) 11/64″ (4.4 mm)

Note that the additional optional “small” rings are a slightly larger size than the small gold rings used in the original strip. They need to be larger to fully accommodate all the rings they are weaving through!

mayhelm chaimaille weave in aluminumMayhelm jump ring sizes and materials:
* 10 small rings – G16 – 16 SWG (1.6 mm) 11/64″ (4.4 mm)
* 12 medium rings – T16 – 16 SWG (1.6 mm) 3/8″ (9.5 mm)
* 10 large rings – Z16 – 16 SWG (1.6 mm) 15/32″ (11.9 mm)
* 13 huge rings – SS14 – 14 SWG (2.0 mm) 3/4″ (19.1mm)
* 4 “small” rings – H16 – 16 SWG (1.6 mm) 3/16″ (4.8 mm)
* Artisan Toggle
* 4 additional small rings for clasp – G16 – 16 SWG (1.6 mm) 11/64″ (4.4 mm)

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Vote for August’s Maillers’ Choice!

It’s time to vote on a colorway for our August Maillers’ Choice kit. Please select your favorite combination for the new colorful Carnivale bracelet by Sunday, August 2.

Carnivale, a beaded Double Spiral bracelet by Julia Rochholz, is a perfect piece to kick off National Beading Week. Tiny seed beads spiral around the weave, adding zest to this classic chainmaille rope weave. This playful project features L18 jump rings–18 SWG (1.2 mm) 1/4″ (6.4 mm)–with size 6 seed beads and a lobster claw clasp.

This month, your choices are:

Gold, orange and red:

Black, aluminum and hematite:

Copper, violet and teal

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Just One Ring Necklace: Chainmaille Jewelry Project Variation

Take the classic Jens Pind weave, mix up the jump ring sizes, add a few captive rings, and voila! You’ve got a fantastic necklace.

jens pind necklace variation with different sizes of jump ringsIf you can do the Jens Pind weave, you can weave Just One Ring.

And then, you’re ready for this elegant variation. This Y necklace is mainly the tapered Just One Ring chainmaille necklace made in all aluminum (which does make it more challenging than a tri-color version), plus a few captive rings in Faux Gold (gold anodized aluminum).

All ring sizes and conversions are listed on the Just One Ring tutorial project page.

1. To start, weave the piece in a single color of aluminum (of course, you can use multiple colors if you prefer), following the instructions as outlined in Just One Ring. EXCEPT: Do NOT create the extra-large unit of SS14 rings in the center of the piece.

NOTE: At this point you only have a regular necklace without the tail of the Y. You’ll add that in step 3.

2. Then, add 5 captive rings, shown in gold. They are size SS14. See the diagram below for a closer view. You’ll add them inside the T16 units, encircling the Z16 units.

3. Onto the gold ring in the center, add 2 intertwined (möbiused) T16s to start the tail that hangs straight down.

4. Continue with a G16 ring and then L16 rings, and so on, following the Just One Ring directions to lengthen the tail. Create 2 segments (see diagram), finishing on a set of T16 rings.

5. Add 2 H16 rings side by side through the final T16 rings.

6. Through the doubled H16 rings, add a Z16, T16 and L16 ring. They should nestle within one another.

7. Add the remaining 2 gold SS14 captive rings—the top one through two T16 units as usual and the final one just through the bottom set of T16 rings.

Tapered Just Onering Necklace variationStay tuned for additional Just One Ring variations!

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cat wearing chainmaille necklace

 

Weaving Wednesday Deal July 22-28 is: 30% off size F18 base metal

The Weaving Wednesday Weekly Deal starting today is:

Banner-onethird-f18ALLAnd yes, this 30%-off discount stacks on top of our regular mix ‘n’ match discount, which means you could save as much as 50% off our regular retail prices on 250-packs!

Size F18 = 18 SWG (1.2 mm) 5/32″ (4.0 mm)
Aspect Ratio = approx 3.5 (AR may vary slightly across metals)

5 reasons to try F18 this week!

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1. This size is great for jewelry making. See our blog post with some popular chainmaille weaves made with size F18, including the classic 2-connector Byzantine.

2. F18 is one of our most popular sizes of anodized aluminum. Our AA rings are 100% made in the USA and even the cuts are anodized, so you can create beautifully smooth and seamless rings.

3. If you haven’t tried our steel rings yet, take advantage of this sale to get a pack of F18 SSTL. Our steel rings are smooth and shiny and MUCH softer than many other suppliers’ steel jump rings. Make durable pieces that won’t tarnish using Blue Buddha stainless steel rings.

rebeca weaving epic hainmaille inlay4. These rings work well for creating inlays, too. Read how Rebeca made her colorful chain mail inlay using 27,000 size F18 rings.

5. If you make jewelry using larger rings, size F18s are often perfect to taper the ends of your weave down and to attach to clasps.

BONUS REASON: Did you see the part about this deal stacking on top of our mix ‘n’ match? Save up to 50%. W00t!

Use coupon code F18WED to receive 30% off F18 packs of 250 in all our base metals—aluminum, anodized aluminum, brass, bronze, copper and stainless steel—from now until end of day Tuesday, July 28 (11:59 pm CT), or while supplies last (whichever is first). We’ve got a limited stock, so get them while you can! And then our next deal starts Wednesday, July 30!

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