Greetings, fellow weavers, and welcome to the first online version of my newsletter!
It's been a busy few months—if you haven't visited my site recently, you'll notice I've done a lot (and I mean, a lot!) of updates. You can check out the Latest News
section on the homepage, or the updates for the individual sections—Supplies
, and Gallery
—for additional details specific to that section. Enjoy!
Kits & Instructions
By popular request, I’ve started selling kits and instructions. These are the same full-color instructions you know and love from class (in some cases, the instructions have been edited and improved!) Instructions can be purchased as PDFs or hard copies. For more info:
How Many Rings Do I Need?
The one question I get asked above all others is: "How many rings do I need for my project?" The second-most popular question is probably "What size rings should I use?" And the third-most asked question is "How long did that take?!?" I’ve tried to answer these questions (well, the first two, at least!) with a few pages on my site:
The new Silver Ring Counts Page
Right now, I have counts for 13 weaves in sterling, and more will be added soon. Each weave chart includes a variety of sizes that work. A few ring counts are listed for each size: bracelet-length, necklace-length and a per-inch estimate in case you need a shorter or longer piece.
Byzantine, 3 connectors
(Aspect Ratio 4.0 - 4.5)
also known as Birdcage, Idiot's Delight, Fools Dilemna
The updated States Pages:
base metal: http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com/supplies/basemetal/bmstats.php
20g 3.2 mm
Thess pages list recommended weaves for the sterling and base metal rings I carry. Even if you’re using rings from another supplier, you can find the closest equivalent (make sure both the wire gauge and inner diameter match!) to get an idea of what should work with that size.
- Byzantine (2 connectors), especially with small niobium size
- Open Round (very delicate)
- Euro 4-1
I’ve updated my class calendar
through the end of August. New classes include Shaggy Loops
and Maru (class date TBA), and returning classes include Chainmaille Q&A
, Japanese Cube
, Japanese Maille
and Persian I
(TBA, at Briolette).
at Caravan Beads
at Aylas (TBA)
at Caravan Beads
starts May 10!
For all of you West Side folk, I'm happy to announce that I've joined the teaching staff at a new store:
7322 Madison St
at the corner of Circle and Madison
Opening summer 2006!
Book Release Party! Wednesday, June 14th, 6 – 9 pm
On June 14th I’m hosting a Book Release party for Lark Publishing’s Chain Mail Jewelry at Helio Massage and Bodywork Studios. You will be able to purchase the book—featuring projects by many chainmaille artists, including myself—as well as Blue Buddha Boutique jewelry and supplies. There will be a short chainmaille Q&A, complimentary massages, wine and snacks, a free raffle, and goody bags for the first 25 attendees! RSVP to Helio at 773.404.4470
Helio is located at 2727 N Lehman Court (near Clark and Diversey)
Hope to see you there!
Seeking A Mailling Spot
If you’ve been receiving this newsletter for a while, you know that every summer a small group of us gather together to sit outside and make chainmaille. This is always something fun: lots of jump rings, exciting weaves, and a wealth of information to be shared by all. I think it would be fun to do this more than just once a year. Perhaps quarterly-ish. If you have a spot you’d like to suggest, please let me know. (I’d like to switch between a few locations, since we’ll be coming from all parts of the city.) An ideal location should be near public transportation, have good lighting and a nearby food source (since we’ll be there for hours!) and most importantly, it should not disturb the establishment for us to be there all day, chatting and weaving. Give me a buzz or drop me an email
if you’ve found a great spot.
Feel free to contact Rebeca as always with questions or comments.
local: 773.478.3767 toll free: 866.602.RING (7464) firstname.lastname@example.org
All content written by Rebeca Mojica, Blue Buddha Boutique artist & owner.