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We’re lucky to have such a creative team who consistently comes up with new, amazing designs. Heck, in the last few weeks alone we launched Barrel Ride Necklace, Wobble Necklace, Rubber Interwoven Bracelet, three additional new Spring Seasonal kits and our latest Exclusive Collection kit, Niobium Sleek Cuff). Phew! Can we take a nap now? *wink*

With that said, it’s time to retire a few of our older kits. They’re still great projects, but discontinuing these will help us make room for even more fun new kits. Note: We’re just discontinuing the kits. You’ll still be able purchase the instructions, and then buy jump ring packs and findings to complete the project – just not all packaged together in neat little pre-counted packets. So, order these kits before they’re gone on June 15:

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We keep adding new videos to our YouTube channel, so subscribe now and don’t miss a post! Most recently we addressed two common things can can trip up even intermediate-level maillers: how to hold onto your chainmaille project while you’re working on it, and how to get leverage when you’re weaving through a tight spot.

How to Hold Your Chainmaille While Working
In this video, Rebeca Mojica demonstrates how how to weave, hold your pliers, scoop new rings, and still keep your project in your hand.

How to Get Leverage in a Tight Spot
Learn how to gain leverage in order to take out and fix a mistake when making chainmaille. Here, Rebeca demonstrates how to place your arms, wrists and hands to more easily remove a jump ring and replace it when making a piece of jewelry.

 

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The traditional third anniversary gift is leather, which goes quite nicely with chainmaille, don’t you think?

CHAINED_cover-lo1We can’t believe that Rebeca has been creating and enabling chainmaille addicts through her book CHAINED for three years already! Since 2010, 35,000 copies of the book have been sold worldwide.

Writing a book is tough enough, but with a detailed instructional book like CHAINED, Rebeca needed to not only write a narrative, but also step-by-step instructions, then weave several versions of a sample item (about 100 of them!), and have it all photographed. She worked for more than a year on this labor of love – resulting in 144 pages, more than 30 projects and variations, mailling tips and tricks, and the ability for people to make their own chainmaille jewelry!

Kits from the book are still some of the best selling items here at Blue Buddha Boutique – and to celebrate, we’ve recently updated some of the color combinations.

A Look Back

For a look at the publishing process of CHAINED, revisit this blog post from February 2010, where Rebeca wrote about putting the finishing touches on the manuscript.

And then there were photoshoots. Images are especially important in a book that is teaching the reader to DIY. Bad photos = confused readers. Rebeca put this task in the capable hands of Blue Buddha’s Marketing Maven Jenna Deidel. Rebeca and Jenna spent hours upon hours under hot lights, shooting and reshooting the pieces.

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Ring of Philanthropy

A portion of CHAINED’s sales – ultimately, $1,000 – was donated to Friends of Franklin Fine Arts Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise funds and provide community resources and support for Franklin Fine Arts Center, a Chicago Public Magnet elementary school in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, focused on the visual and performing arts. Franklin Fine Arts Center is especially close to our hearts however because Rebeca’s first formative encounter with the arts was as a student there. B3_FOFFAC_white

Rebeca said, “I wanted to give back to the school that fostered my creativity and taught me to express human emotion through the arts. I want other people to know about the success of Franklin, and I want parents and teachers everywhere to brainstorm ways to bring the arts to more students.”

Just for Fun

Rebeca embarked on “gueurrila marketing” mission in an LA Barnes & Noble. She may have given a copy of CHAINED a more prominent shelf location, and it may *cough* have resulted in a small spike in sales. :)

A Star is Born

Rebeca proudly showed off the fruits of her labor at the CHAINED launch party on December 11, 2010, at the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.

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And the Reviews are in …

 Via the Blue Buddha Boutique Online Guestbook:
I have just received my copy of CHAINED and love it. I am only new to chainmaille but after viewing your website and looking through your wonderful book my head is so full of ideas! Do I really need to waste time sleeping? Thank you so much!” – Camille L., AU, 9/6/12

I learned how to make chainmaille jewelry with Rebeca’s book CHAINED and from the very first piece I made I was hooked! The instructions are very clear and easy to follow, the pieces are beautiful, and the rings are the best quality I’ve found. Thanks to everyone at B3!” – Amy K., US, 8/31/12

Via Amazon.com:

This has to be the best instructional guide for maille that I’ve read yet. The detailed close-up pictures of actually working with the rings has been very helpful. There is a lot of detail to show exactly how a weave works for beginners, and shows a fast track to refresh your memory if you’re doing it again or if you have a lot of experience weaving. I highly recommend this book to people of all skill levels. And the projects are fantastic, too.” – Rod Westwood, 11/23/10

This book has got to be added to the library of every mailler or wannabe mailler out there! The pictures are outstanding – you can see each step. The detailed instructions make even the hardest of weaves understandable. For the beginning student, each section starts with an easy weave and then progresses to intermediate, advanced and expert. The beauty of this is that you are able to learn each weave (or review it) then go on to more difficult, intricate variations. You’ll feel like an expert in no time! The first chapter provides so much useful information for people who are new to chainmaille or to those who have been weaving for a while. By far, this is the best chainmaille book I have ever seen.” – Christa K., 11/29/13

In this book Rebeca brings chainmaille out of the “dark ages” with color and flare! She takes ancient weaves and updates them for the 21st Century by adding color. Then she adds movement and depth by going beyond the norm and jazzing up age-old designs. As other reviewers have said, someone new to chainmaille could get this book and master these weaves in no time at all, the directions are amazing with step by step pictures. Someone like myself, who already knows the art, will revel in the new ways to do their art.” – Maureen Martinek, 12/14/10

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OpenRound-700pxFor September, we’re featuring Roundmaille (which includes, but is not limited to Open Round, Turkish Round, Roundmaille, Captive Inverted Round, etc.). These weaves are super versatile, so we can’t wait to see what you come up with! Roundmaille is tube or rope-like, and with an endless number of variations, it can be made anywhere from dainty to chunky.

For some roundmaille tutorials, check out Open Round, Turkish Round/Roundmaille, and Jacob’s DNA Ladder (CIR).

Want to see which B3 sizes work well for this weave? Visit our base metal stats & uses page and our sterling silver stats & uses page.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:



Make a project which primarily uses the featured weave or a variation of the featured weave. The project can use any and all B3 supplies and can use other weaves, but the featured weave should be the star. Please see the complete rules and details below for more information about qualifications.




Take a picture of your project and submit it using our official Featured Weave Contest form (link below.) You may post the piece online somewhere and provide us with a link, or upload it directly in the form. You will be asked to provide your name and an email address we can use to contact you in case anything goes wrong with your submission—or if you are the winner of the contest!

GO TO THE SUBMISSION FORM.

Submissions are closed at midnight CT on 15th of every month and are limited to 2 entry pieces per person.



Get Votes! Submissions will close on the 15th of each month at which point the B3 Staff will choose our favorites. The top entries will be eligible for voting through a survey which we will post to our blog. If you are one of the finalists, feel free to share the link with friends via email, Facebook, Twitter or any other means.

Voting will close on the last day of the month.


 


We will award the top voted finalist each month with a $25 B3 Gift Certificate and will feature YOUR project in a special blog post and possibly even future B3 ads to inspire fellow chainmaillers all over the world.




Complete contest rules and details: Submissions are limited to 2 per person and must use the featured weave of the month as determined by Blue Buddha Boutique. The project is not required to be made from Blue Buddha Boutique rings, however any winning projects that use primarily rings from another supplier or rings made by the artist will not be eligible for posting on our blog or use in our ads to prevent false advertising. Pieces do not have to be specially created for the contest but should be no more than 12 months old. Current employees and interns of Blue Buddha Boutique are not eligible for this contest. Finalists are chosen by Blue Buddha Boutique and voted upon anonymously by the public to determine a winner. Submissions may be disqualified at the discretion of Blue Buddha Boutique if they are deemed inappropriate in any way. If a winner does not claim their prize within 15 days of notification, the second place winner will be awarded the prize. Please note: As of March 2013, participants are not eligible to win two or more months in a row.

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February’s featured product is our anodized aluminum scalesLots of folks have requested that this be a featured product so we can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeves.


Never worked with scales before?  Get your feet wet by downloading our FREE PDF instructions for Shaggy Scales!


HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

*NOTE: the submission process changed as of January 2012*



Make a project which primarily uses our featured product. The project can most definitely use other rings and components, but the featured product should really be the star of the piece. Please see the complete rules and details below for more information about qualifications.




Take a picture of your project and submit it using our official Featured Product Contest form (link below.) You may post the piece online somewhere and provide us with a link, or upload it directly in the form. You will be asked to provide your name and an email address we can use to contact you in case anything goes wrong with your submission—or if you are the winner of the contest!

GO TO THE SUBMISSION FORM

Submissions are accepted between the 1st and 15th of every month and are limited to 2 per person.




Get Votes! Submissions will close on the 15th of each month at which point the B3 Staff will choose our favorites. The top entries will be eligible for voting through a survey which we will post to our blog. If you are one of the finalists, feel free to share the link with friends via email, Facebook, Twitter or any other means.

Voting will close on the last day of the month.


 


We will award the top voted finalist each month with a $25 B3 Gift Certificate and will feature YOUR project in a special blog post and possibly even future B3 ads to inspire fellow chainmaillers all over the world.




Complete contest rules and details: Submissions are limited to 2 per person and must use the featured product of the month as determined by Blue Buddha Boutique. The project is not required to be made from Blue Buddha Boutique rings, however any winning projects that use primarily rings from another supplier or rings made by the artist will not be eligible for posting on our blog or use in our ads to prevent false advertising. Pieces do not have to be specially created for the contest but should be no more than 12 months old. Current employees and interns of Blue Buddha Boutique are not eligible for this contest. Finalists are chosen by Blue Buddha Boutique and voted upon anonymously by the public to determine a winner. Submissions may be disqualified at the discretion of Blue Buddha Boutique if they are deemed inappropriate in any way. If a winner does not claim their prize within 15 days of notification, the second place winner will be awarded the prize.

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