Pirouette & Rondo a la Byzantine Kits & Tutorials

Final Kits Assembled at Blue Buddha!


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.


Tell Me What You Think For A Chance To Win A Free Book!

Let Me Know What I Can Do That Would Help You Most, And You Could Win A Copy Of Kat Wisniewski’s Book New Connections

New Connections by Kat Wisniewski

UPDATE: Winner selected. Congrats Deborah B of Houston TX!

I recently reviewed Kat Wisniewski’s first book, New Connections In Chain Mail Jewelry With Rubber and Glass Rings. When I placed my order for her book, little did I know that Kat was planning on sending me a complimentary copy! So I received 2 copies, and I’m honored to share one of them with you – especially since you’ve all been SO patient with my long delay in publishing my recommended chainmaille suppliers post (coming within a week, I promise!).

As I move forward with the next chapter of Blue Buddha, I’d like some input from you. I want to make sure I’m doing things YOU are interested in – and I figured a good way to find out what those things are, is to ask. :-)

Please take a moment to consider some of the items below, and let me know what you think in the comments section (or complete an online survey). One commenter chosen at random will receive a FREE copy of Kat Wisniewski’s book. I can ship the book worldwide. (Because I’d love to hear from chainmaille fans in all parts of the world!) Post your comment, or complete the survey, by end of day Sunday July 17, as the winner will be selected on Monday July 18.

What’s Next For Sure and For Maybe

In all honestly, I’m looking for ways to continue to share my knowledge with you, and at the same time, to monetize my skills. I love chainmaille, but love alone doesn’t feed me, heh.  I am eager to hear from you about what you’d like to see me do, and also, what you’re willing to pay for. Because if you aren’t willing to pay for certain things, that’s important for me to know. I’d rather turn chainmaille back into a hobby, have fun with it on my own time and nix the website completely, than pour my efforts into making something that either no one wants, or no one will pay for.

The things that are keeping me busy right now include:

  • * “downgrading” to a sole proprietorship and tying up loose ends from corporate B3 (etsymore time-consuming than I’d expected!)
  • * reviving Blue Buddha’s Etsy shop – adding more instructions as well as posting the remaining project samples which we didn’t liquidate during our in-person clearance sales
  • * creating a Rebeca Mojica Etsy shop and updating RebecaMojica.com, including adding a TON of sale jewelry–prototypes, leftovers from book and magazine projects, and discontinued designs
  • * preparing for Bead Fest Summer 2016 and releasing kits/tutorials for colorful Rondo a la Byzantine and Pirouette in August/September
    * working on my über secret project !!! (to be announced in 2017)
  • * my secret project is keeping me mostly busy these days, but once things settle a bit, I’ll start working on a sequel to CHAINED

Below are additional things I’m planning or considering doing — and here’s where I’d like your input. What sounds good and exciting to you? What aren’t you interested in? Do any of my attempts to make money doing this stuff rub you the wrong way? What other ideas/suggestions do you have?

  • * creating video tutorials for projects – Perhaps I could offer some easy projects or tips for free. Longer, more extensive projects would be paid content. Or I could set up a Patreon account and offer additional content and perks to Patreon supporters.
  • * working with chainmaille suppliers to release kits for some of my designs – If this is something you’d be interested in, let me know what kits, or what types of kits, you’re most likely to purchase. I would likely receive a flat fee from the supplier per project, or a commission for each kit that sells.
  • * becoming an Amazon Associate by providing links to products I like and recommend – If folks use my Amazon links (like the ones in this blog post) to make purchases, I’ll earn a small commission on those purchases. I’d be interested in being affiliates for specific crafting companies that I believe in as well.
  • * reviewing books, videos and products in the chainmaille industry – these don’t make any money in and of themselves, but I could provide Amazon Associate (or other affiliate) links and receive a kickback for purchases.
  • * providing coupons, information and/or promotions for other vendors -Though the B3 blog, social media and newsletter, I’d love to share information and promotions from other chainmaille suppliers and possibly even other vendors that are a good fit with most of my audience. I’d receive a kickback from the vendors for purchases made using the coupon codes I provide.
  • * purging email addresses from our mailing list – I never plan on selling the Blue Buddha mailing list, but right now it costs $1,000/year to maintain. So clearly, I’ve got to do some changes: purging the email addresses of the folks who haven’t opened any of the past 4 mailings and figuring out how to make the newsletter worthwhile if I’m not selling products. The previous 2 bullet points (coupons/reviews) would be one way to make the newsletter more viable.
  • * makI-Heart-Mailleing the occasional T-shirt – Remember our I [pliers] Chainmaille T-shirt? We had a few runner ups to this design that folks were interested in, and we never made them. Plus I have other ideas floating around (like one based off my I <3 Maille badge, a Weapons of Craft Creation shirt, and more)
  • * offering paid online classes and webinars – I’d be really excited to do this, but I think teaching chainmaille remotely is difficult for my teaching style. So I’m not sure how much of this I’d do. I would love to do a webinar on Aspect Ratio, though!
  • * having a generic “donate” button – Once I bring back all the useful charts/widgets and data that our website used to have, I’ve considered having a PayPal button where someone could send me a buck (or however much they wanted) if they felt like the information was helpful. The website would continue to host free content, and no one would ever be under any obligation to donate. But for those who had the means to contribute, and who wanted to, would be able to.

What do you think? Do you have other ideas? How can I help you? Leave your comments below or complete the online survey for a chance to win a copy of New Connections In Chain Mail Jewelry With Rubber and Glass Rings by Kat Wisniewski.


Book Review: New Connections In Chain Mail Jewelry With Rubber And Glass Rings by Kat Wisniewski

An Excellent Introduction to Using Different Materials To Spice Up Your Chainmaille


In this how-to book, author Kat Wisniewski shows how to add rubber and glass rings to traditional metal jump rings, creating eye-catching chainmaille designs for all levels.

Disclaimer – I know Kat and consider her a friend. We worked together at Blue Buddha for more than 7 years! So of course I’m biased. But that’s because over those many years, I got to see what an amazing artist Kat is, and how devoted to teaching this artform she is. Not only to teaching chainmaille, but teaching it properly. She is honest and thorough in her work and if she states something as fact, I guarantee that she researched and did her homework. I was honored to receive a complimentary copy of the book and a kit to make a project. Know that I only support things I’m passionate about – I can assure you that if I felt this book was anything less than stellar, I would’ve chosen to not write about it at all. OK, now that that’s out of the way… on to the review!

New Connections In Chain Mail Jewelry With Rubber and Glass Rings begins with an informative “Basics” section which anyone new to chainmail weaving will want to read. Even veteran weavers may learn a few tips and tricks in the extensive Materials, Tools and Techniques sections.

The projects begin with very quick and basic designs, perfect for someone brand new to chainmaille (let alone new to rubbermaille or glassmaille). If you’re more advanced, you may still want to give some of these projects a go for the instant gratification they bring. As noted on the inner cover page, Kat “encourages you to make these beautiful pieces of jewelry to share with others or sell for profit if you so wish.” Some of these quick & easy earrings may be great for selling at craft shows–you can crank out many of them in an hour, and give them a price point that allows you to make a nice profit! You can change colors, add charms and modify the basic patterns to put your own creative spin on the designs. For many projects, Kat shows additional colorways for an added boost of inspiration.

Mid-book, the designs begin to increase in complexity. Some of my favorite bracelets are the Celtic Crossroads Bracelet, a variation of Celtic Visions, Encapsulated Delicacy Bracelet, a drool-worthy variation of my X-Lock Byzantine weave and the challenging Arctic Sphere Bracelet which is a mesmerizing dance of orbital aluminum rings and ice blue glass rings.

By far, though, my favorites are the pendants – from the Fold & Gather Linear Star Pendant which teaches several basic rubbermaille techniques, the densely intricate Lock & Twist Pendant, the geometric Interstellar Pendant, and my absolute favorite, the Space Oddity Pendant.

Space Oddity Rubbermaille Pendant in black purple and pink

Space Oddity pendant designed by Kat Wisniewski, made by Rebeca Mojica

The step-by-step photos throughout the book are crystal clear and easy to follow. Kat makes it easy for beginners to succeed by clearly and succinctly explaining each step. As is typically the case in publishing, mistakes are made – and to eliminate confusion, Kat has created an online Errata listing of corrections on her book’s website. Do check it out before you begin any projects in case there is an adjustment that you’ll need to make.

Overall, the book is refreshing and inspiring. I love being challenged to work outside of my comfort zone and use materials, such as glass rings, that I don’t normally work with. Even though I’ve been making chainmaille for many years, this book gave me the chance to look at the artform with new eyes and feel refreshed, rejuvenated and excited to create. Thank you, Kat, for writing this book and helping make this artform accessible to all!

Purchasing Kits and Materials

If you’re looking to purchase kits, Mhai O Mhai beads is the exclusive supplier for all the project kits. The rubber rings used in the book photos were exclusive to Blue Buddha Boutique at the time Kat was writing the book. These rings are now available through Spiderchain.com. (So if you have old B3 rubber rings on hand and are wondering if they’ll work for the projects, the answer is yes! I used Blue Buddha’s black rings to make my Space Oddity Pendant.)

Kat sells the book (including autographed versions!) on her New Connections website and it is also available on Amazon.

I wish you happy weaving and encourage you to try the projects in this book. It’s a fun and colorful journey! Happy weaving,



Space Oddity Pendant by Kat Wisniewski using glass rings and rubber rings

Close up of Space Oddity Pendant. For this version, I used Blue Buddha’s rubber rings (T16 black and C19 fucshia) now available at Spiderchain.com, along with anodized aluminum rings in purple and black. I believe the glass rings are Light Pink and Softest Plum (both available, along with many, many other colors of glass rings, from Mhai o Mhai Beads)


DISCLAIMER #2 – The amazon links above are affiliate links, which mean I earn a few pennies for any transactions you make on Amazon after following those links. Any little bit helps keep the lights on over here with my now-tiny operation, so I appreciate your clicks and purchases very much.

Chainmaille Tutorials on Etsy

50+ Patterns & Instructions by Blue Buddha Now On Our Etsy Shop!

chainmail patterns by Rebeca MojicaThis week I added several tutorials to Blue Buddha’s Etsy shop, bringing the total number of B3 chainmaille patterns available for sale to more than 50. Woo-hoo! Shorter tutorials as well as patterns that were formerly in our sale section have also been priced accordingly; you’ll notice they range from $1.95 – $5.95 instead of our standard $6.95.

I still have about 20 more tutorials to add (some of which need a bit of cleaning up/updating before I add them). Plus, a brand new tutorial for my Pirouette weave will be out in August or September (after I teach the weave at Bead Fest).

And, in other news, I’ll be doing a couple giveaways in the next few months, finally writing that blog post of recommended suppliers, bringing back some of the stats/uses/info pages formerly found on B3’s website, and creating a Rebeca Mojica jewelry shop on Etsy. So stay tuned! (Sorry for the massive delay with all of these updates…I’ve had my hands full with moving/unpacking and still tying up loose ends from the first era of Blue Buddha. Thank you for your patience!)

If 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!