Beaded Celtic Dawn bracelet

A good friend recently lamented the sad state of my online gallery.  Since the supplies part of the business took off, and especially since I started writing my book, I haven’t had time to cultivate the gallery like I used to.  This year I am devoting more attention to my line of finished jewelry (and cannot wait for my website redesign, which will make online ordering so much easier!) It is my personal goal to update the gallery at least once a month this year, and hopefully twice a month beginning in September.  Unfortunately, February flew by without an update.  But, um, today could technically be February 31, right?  :-)

Here is a bracelet I created last summer.  The weave is Celtic Dawn, with an edging of 4 mm crystals.  I’m considering developing a tutorial for it–but that’s a long time away.  After my manuscript is finished I think I need a breather from tutorials for a few months!

Chainmaille manuscript nearing completion!

Many of you know that I’ve been hard at work for the past year on an instructional chainmaille jewelry book.  My deadline to turn in the manuscript and the step-by-step photos is in a few short weeks.  Now that it is nearly complete, I am more excited then ever.  I think you’ll really enjoy the projects–there’s something in there for beginners and veterans alike!

I created approximately 100 pieces of jewelry for the book (and Vanessa pitched in for another cool dozen or so). Of course, not all of them will make the final cut, but I wanted to give the editors as many color variations as possible to choose from.  It is quite satisfying to look at a pile of brilliantly colored, intertwined maille. I’ve got to keep most of the book under wraps for now (as it won’t be published for about another year), but my publisher did say I could tease you with the photo of one such pile.

New 100% Made-in-the-USA Anodized Aluminum!

We are completely revamping our entire Anodized Aluminum process. When we’re finally all set up, the new rings will be 100% Made-in-the-USA. Please read more about this exciting news BEFORE you purchase anodized aluminum, so you know what to expect.

Help us provide you with better products by telling us what you think about Anodized Aluminum jump rings. Take a few minutes to fill out our 11-question online survey. Based on what you say, we might make a few tweaks before completing the transition. After all, we’re doing this for you, so we want to make sure you’re happy with the finished product!

Putting on My Editing Hat

I’m excited to announce that beginning with the April/May 2010 issue, I’ll be a contributing editor forStep by Step Wire Jewelry magazine. This means that I’ll be looking at the chainmaille articles to verify ring counts, clarify steps and reduce confusion about ring sizes. This gig is heavenly for me. Not only am I extremely meticulous about chainmaille in general, but I have a journalism degree from Northwestern University, so I’m able to merge two of my passions.

It is important to me, and to the staff of Step by Step Wire Jewelry, that the magazine is always giving you, the readers, what you want and need. So I’m asking you—how do you think the chainmaille articles could be improved? What has been confusing about previous articles? What chainmaille projects have you enjoyed? Anything else you want us to know? You can leave a comment below or email me at [email protected]. The staff of Step by Step Wire Jewelry truly values your opinions, and together we will work to make the projects better than ever before.