Eight years ago today was the first time I picked up a pair of pliers and linked jump rings together. More than a million rings opened and closed in 2,922 days of maille.
I knew as soon as I created my first piece that I wanted to make a living doing this. I am happy that I was able to turn my dreams into reality, and grateful to all the customers, vendors, fellow maillers and competitors who helped me along the way. Can’t wait to see where Blue Buddha Boutique will be in another eight years!
I dug around on my computer and found ten projects from my first two years as a weaver. Some of these have appeared on forums over the years, and some have never been published. Enjoy!
There you go—a look into the past. If you too have been mailling for a few years, maybe you’ll be inspired to pull out some of your older pieces. I hope you’ll marvel at what you were able to do even back then with your own two hands, and appreciate how you’ve grown as an artisan, and how the design and intricacy of your work has evolved. Remember: never be afraid to push boundaries and try new things. While this approach has a high failure rate, the successes are far more creative, glorious and fulfilling than if you’d never pushed yourself at all.