TAG | chainmaille weaves


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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FEATURED WEAVE FOR JUNE – Box Chain

 

Ripple-Earring-bigFor June, we’re featuring Box Chain. This weave is beautiful in its simplicity and can be used in many ways. Playing with aspect ratio and ring size can completely change the look of the weave and also create beautiful tapering and wave effects. Have fun!

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.

Never tried this weave but feeling up for the challenge? You can learn how to create Box chain and lots of variations on the weave in Rebeca’s book CHAINED.

 

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.

Never tried this weave but feeling up for the challenge? You can learn how to create Helm chain and lots of variations on the weave in Rebeca’s book CHAINED.



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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CAST YOUR VOTE NOW!

Submissions for May’s Featured Weave Contest are closed and we’ve narrowed down the submissions to our group of finalists which means it’s time for YOU to cast your vote to determine the winner. This month, maillers stepped up to the challenge of creating pieces featuring Helm chain.  The results (as always) are totally inspiring.  Thanks to all who participated!

To share the survey, we recommend you copy the link to this blog post and use that in any emails, blog posts, or social media posts you’d like to make about it (we’ve noticed some weirdness in the past with sharing the link directly – it sometimes like to bump people out of voting that haven’t already.)

Get a sneak peak at the all of our finalists below:

AdjustableHelm  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  OceanWaves  LaBleuRondeau  Helmscale  HelmFlowerEarrings  HelmDiamondNecklace  Conundrum  Bias Helm  Beaded Helm Flower


FEATURED WEAVE FOR JUNE – Box Chain

 

Ripple-Earring-bigFor June, we’re featuring Box Chain. This weave is beautiful in its simplicity and can be used in many ways.  Playing with aspect ratio and ring size can completely change the look of the weave and also create beautiful tapering and wave effects.  Have fun!

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.

Never tried this weave but feeling up for the challenge? You can learn how to create Box chain and lots of variations on the weave in Rebeca’s book CHAINED.


 

 

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Rubber rings are back! You can use this rings to create flexible and slightly stretchy chainmaille projects, plus the work in lots of common weaves that you might already know. Check out the post below for weave ideas as well as where to get instructions for each one.

Weave Ideas: Rubber Rings


Size C19

Wire Gauge = 19ga (0.036 inch / 0.912mm)
Inner Diameter = 7/64 inch (2.778 mm)

Aspect Ratio = 2.8

“rpi” = rings per inch.
Use this number to help you figure out how many rings you’ll need for your project. Simply multiply it by the desired length (in inches) for your final piece.


Zig Zag Japanese (C19 RUBR + H18)

C19 = 24 rpi

H18 = 14 rpi

Japanese Variations Tutorial


Japanese Lace (C19 RUBR + H18)(/h3)

C19 = 50 rpi

H18 = 22 rpi

Japanese Lace Tutorial


Size D14

Wire Gauge = 14ga (0.08 inch / 2.0mm)
Inner Diameter = 1/8 inch (3.175 mm)

Aspect Ratio = 1.5

“rpi” = rings per inch.
Use this number to help you figure out how many rings you’ll need for your project. Simply multiply it by the desired length (in inches) for your final piece.


Coiled Zig Zag (D14 RUBR + ???)(/h3)

D14 = 25 rpi

Z16 = 2 rpi


Size I14

Wire Gauge = 14ga (0.08 inch / 2.0mm)
Inner Diameter = 13/64 inch (5.159 mm)

Aspect Ratio = 2.5

“rpi” = rings per inch.
Use this number to help you figure out how many rings you’ll need for your project. Simply multiply it by the desired length (in inches) for your final piece.


Helm Chain (I14 RUBR + R16)(/h3)

I14 = 4 rpi

R16 = 6 rpi

CHAINED book


Size K14

Wire Gauge = 14ga (0.08 inch / 2.0mm)
Inner Diameter = 15/64 inch (5.953 mm)

Aspect Ratio = 3

“rpi” = rings per inch.
Use this number to help you figure out how many rings you’ll need for your project. Simply multiply it by the desired length (in inches) for your final piece.


Half Persian 3-in-1 (K14 RUBR + L18)(/h3)

K14 = 5 rpi

L18 = 5 rpi

Half Persian 3-1 and Half Persian 4-1 (Flat Persian, Snake Chain) PDF
(currently in sale section)


Helm Chain (K14 RUBR + T16)(/h3)

K14 = 4 rpi

T16 = 6 rpi

CHAINED book


2-connector Byzantine (K14 RUBR + J16)(/h3)

K14 = 6 rpi

J16 = 12 rpi

CHAINED book


Gridlock Byzantine (K14 RUBR + L16)(/h3)

K14 = 12 rpi

L16 = 12 rpi

Byzantine Variations Tutorial


Size P14

Wire Gauge = 14ga (0.08 inch / 2.0mm)
Inner Diameter = 5/16 inch (7.938 mm)

Aspect Ratio = 4

“rpi” = rings per inch.
Use this number to help you figure out how many rings you’ll need for your project. Simply multiply it by the desired length (in inches) for your final piece.


Helm Chain (P14 RUBR + P16 + H18)(/h3)

P14 = 4 rpi

P16 = 3 rpi

H18 = 5 rpi

CHAINED book


Tryzantine (P14 RUBR + P16)(/h3)

P14 = 3 rpi

P16 = 23 rpi


Full Persian (P14 RUBR + P16)(/h3)

P14 = 8 rpi

P16 = 8 rpi

Full Persian 6-1 (Foxtail) PDF
(currently in sale section)


Half Persian 4-in-1 (P14 RUBR + P16)(/h3)

P14 = 5 rpi

P16 = 5 rpi

Half Persian 3-1 and Half Persian 4-1 (Flat Persian, Snake Chain) PDF
(currently in sale section)


Celtic Visions Star (P14 RUBR + H18)(/h3)

P14 = 18

H18 = 42

Celtic Visions Star Tutorial


Dodecahedron (P14 RUBR + P16)(/h3)

P14 = 24

P16 = 72

Dodecahedron Tutorial


Size U12

Wire Gauge = 12ga (0.104 inch / 2.64mm)
Inner Diameter = 25/64 inch (9.922 mm)

Aspect Ratio = 4

“rpi” = rings per inch.
Use this number to help you figure out how many rings you’ll need for your project. Simply multiply it by the desired length (in inches) for your final piece.


Helm Chain (U12 RUBR + T14 + L18)(/h3)

U12 = 4 rpi

T14 = 2 rpi

L18 = 4 rpi

CHAINED book


Full Persian (P14 RUBR + T16)(/h3)

U12 = 8 rpi

T16 = 8 rpi

Full Persian 6-1 (Foxtail) PDF
(currently in sale section)


European 4-in-1



From left to right:

C19 RUBR (27 rpi) + D20 (18 rpi)
D14 RUBR (21 rpi) + G18 (14 rpi)
I14 RUBR (18 rpi) + I18 (12 rpi)
I14 RUBR (15 rpi) + J18 (12 rpi)
K14 RUBR (15 rpi) + L16 (10 rpi)
P14 RUBR (7 rpi) + P16 (6 rpi)
U12 RUBR (9 rpi) + T14 (6 rpi)


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Wondering what chainmaille project to tackle with those size E16 – 16g 9/64″ (3.6 mm) rings? Check out the post below for weave ideas as well as where to get instructions for each one.

Weave Ideas: Precious Metal E16

Wire Gauge = 16ga AWG (0.051″ / 1.291 mm )
Inner Diameter = 9/64″ (3.6 mm)

Hint: Use our Ring Picker tool to quickly see every metal and color we have available and in stock for this size!

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These samples use our niobium jump rings.

 

Aspect Ratio = 3.1

“rpi” = rings per inch.
Use this number to help you figure out how many rings you’ll need for your project. Simply multiply it by the desired length (in inches) for your final piece.





European 4-1

42 rpi

Mesh & Rosettes PDF + Hardcopy Instructions

DVD Vol 1
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Jens Pind

14 rpi

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