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Projects are tested using Blue Buddha rings only. Because each supplier's sizing works differently, we cannot guarantee that the same size rings from another supplier will work for the project.

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STEP by STEP MAGAZINE

2013

step by step, 2013, October



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 9. No. 5 - October/November 2013

Fluid by Kylie Jones
samples using aluminum, bead
Fluid

by Kylie Jones

p 42
mag cover
Purchase issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • K18 ALUM
  • P16 ALUM
  • Agate bead
 See more of Kylie's work at Houseofsparkle.etsy.com.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 9. No. 5 - October/November 2013

Pine Cone by Amanda Sheri Granstrom
sample using anodized aluminum
Pine Cone

by Amanda Sheri Granstrom

p 52
mag cover
Purchase issue
from Step by Step
Our samples use:
  • T16 AA
  • P16 AA
  • L16 AA
Visit Amanda's website or purchase kits for this project at Crafty Cat Jump Rings.

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step by step, 2013, August



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 9. No. 4 - August/September 2013

Lotus by Karen Karon
samples using anodized aluminum, scales
Lotus

by Karen Karon

p 16
mag cover
Purchase issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • H18 AA/ALUM
  • Small AA Scales
 Visit Karen's website and see her jewelry at KarenKaron.com.

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step by step, 2013, April



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 9. No. 2 - April/May 2013

It's Twist and Shout! by
samples using Jewelry Brass, beads
Twist and Shout!

by Karen Karon

p 26
mag cover
Purchase issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • B22 JBRS
  • 2mm beads
 Visit Karen's website and see her jewelry at KarenKaron.com.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 9. No. 2 - April/May 2013

It's About Time by Kylie Jones
samples using Jewelry Brass
It's About Time

by Kylie Jones

p 42
mag cover
Purchase issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • F19 AWG JBRS
 See more of Kylie's work at Houseofsparkle.etsy.com.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 9. No. 2 - April/May 2013

Pearls and Persian by Katarzyna Gwardiak-Jones
samples using copper, crystal
Pearls and Persian

by Katarzyna Gwardiak-Jones

p 46
mag cover
Purchase issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • P16 COPP
  • F18 COPP
  • 8mm crystal bead
 

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 9. No. 2 - April/May 2013

Easy Links by Deanna Kittrell
samples using aluminum
Easy Links

by Peggy Hall

p 63
mag cover
Purchase issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • P18 ALUM
  • F18 ALUM
  • Glass rings
 

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step by step, 2013, February



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 9. No. 1 - February/March 2013

Double the Fun by Deanna Kittrell
samples using Jewelry Brass
Double the Fun

by Jennifer Carlson

p 28
mag cover
Purchase issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • G16 AWG JBRS
 

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 9. No. 1 - February/March 2013

Caged Jewels by Deanna Kittrell
samples using aluminum
Caged Jewels

by Deanna Kittrell

p 40
mag cover
Purchase issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • R16 ALUM
  • G18 ALUM
Visit Deanna's website and purchase kits for this piece at D's Designs.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 9. No. 1 - February/March 2013

Ferris Wheel Earrings by Yvonne Irvin
samples using aluminum and rubber
Ferris Wheel Earrings

by Yvonne Irvin

p 63
mag cover
Purchase issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • CC14 ALUM
  • D20 AA
  • P14 RUBR
  • C19 RUBR
 

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EASYWIRE MAGAZINE by STEP by STEP

2012

EasyWire, 2012



EasyWire 2012

Caribbean Paradise by Rebeca Mojica
sample using niobium and glass
Caribbean Paradise Bracelet

by Rebeca Mojica

p 86
mag cover
purchase issue
from EasyWire Jewelry

Our sample uses:
  • N16 NIOB
  • I16 NIOB
  • 14mm crystal rings
  • 20mm crystal rings
You can purchase kits for Caribbean Paradise here at Blue Buddha.

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EasyWire 2012

Caribbean Paradise by Rebeca Mojica
sample using niobium and glass
Caribbean Paradise Duo (Earrings)

by Rebeca Mojica

p 96
mag cover
purchase issue
from EasyWire Jewelry

Our sample uses:
  • N16 NIOB
  • I16 NIOB
  • 20mm crystal rings
You can purchase kits for Caribbean Paradise here at Blue Buddha.

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EasyWire 2012

Eclipse by Erin Strother
sample using Copper, Jewelry Brass
Eclipse

by Erin Strother

p 100
mag cover
purchase issue
from EasyWire Jewelry

Our sample uses:
  • F18 JBRS
  • F18 COPP
  • T16 COPP
See Erin's work at StudioEgallery on Etsy

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EasyWire 2012

Annie, Get Your Gunmetal by Sara Richardson
sample using anodized aluminum
Annie, Get Your Gunmetal

by Sara Richardson

p 132
mag cover
purchase issue
from EasyWire Jewelry

Our sample uses:
  • H18 AA
  • D20 AA
See Sara's work at LovestruckJewelry on Etsy

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STEP by STEP MAGAZINE

2012

step by step, 2012, December



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 8. No. 6 - December 2012 - January 2013

Basket Shields by Amanda Shero Granstrom
sample using anodized aluminum
Christmas Wreath

by Amanda Shero Granstrom

p 16
mag cover
Purchase issue from Step by Step
Our samples use:
  • F18 AA
  • H18 AA
  • L18 AA
  • P16 AA
  • T16 AA
Visit Amanda's website or purchase kits for this project at Crafty Cat Jump Rings.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 8. No. 6 - December 2012 - January 2013

Chain Maille Twist by Amanda Shero Granstrom
sample using aluminum
Chain Maille Twist

by Kylie Jones

p 28
mag cover
Purchase issue from Step by Step
Our samples use:
  • F20 ALUM
See more of Kylie's work at Houseofsparkle.etsy.com.

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step by step, 2012, October



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 8. No. 5 - October/November 2012

Basket Shields by Shelley Hubbs
sample using jewelry brass
Basket Shields

by Lauren Anderson

p 34
mag cover
Purchase issue from Step by Step
Our samples use:
  • B22 JBRS
Visit Lauren's website at The Chainmaille Lady.

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step by step, 2012, August



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 8. No. 4 - August/September 2012

Wreath Bracelet by Amy Leggett
sample using aluminum and seed beads
Wreath Bracelet

by Amy Leggett

p 34
mag cover
Purchase issue from Step by Step
Our samples use:
  • F18 ALUM
  • R16 ALUM
  • X16 ALUM
  • Size 3 seed beads
See Amy's work at www.themetalmark.com.

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step by step, 2012, April



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 8. No. 2 - April/May 2012

Celtic Spikes Pendant by Rebeca Mojica
samples using aluminum and enameled copper
Celtic Spikes Pendant

by Rebeca Mojica

p 21
mag cover
Purchase issue from Step by Step
Our samples use:
  • O18 ALUM
  • M18 ALUM
  • H18 ALUM
  • F19 EC
  • D18 ALUM
  • B20 ALUM
You can purchase kits for Celtic Spikes Pendant here at Blue Buddha.
Note: Because our Jewelry Brass wire is slightly thicker, the Jewelry Brass pendant is VERY TIGHT and much more difficult to complete. Jewelry Brass IS NOT recommended for beginners for this project.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 8. No. 2 - April/May 2012

Beaded Waves by Shelley Hubbs
sample using aluminum and seed beads
Beaded Wave

by Shelley Hubbs

p 47
mag cover
Purchase issue from Step by Step
Our samples use:
  • P18 ALUM
  • D20 ALUM
  • Size 6 seed beads
Visit Shelley's website at Metal Designz.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 8. No. 2 - April/May 2012

Honeycomb Hive by Tammy Brown
sample using copper and aluminum
Honeycomb Hive

by Tammy Brown

p 38
mag cover
Purchase issue from Step by Step
Our samples use:
  • H20 COPP
  • D20 ALUM
Visit Tammy's website at innermusejewelry.etsy.com.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 8. No. 2 - April/May 2012

Timeless Teardrops by Karen Karon
Samples using AWG rings.
Timeless Teardrops

by Karen Karon

p 50
mag cover
Purchase issue from Step by Step
Our samples use:
  • N16 SILV
  • E18 SILV
  • P16 COPP
  • E18 COPP
  • 6mm Crystals
  • 26ga wire
Visit Karen's website and see her jewelry at KarenKaron.com

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step by step, 2012, February



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 8. No. 1 - February/March 2012

Celtic Spikes Bracelet by Rebeca Mojica
samples using aluminum and enameled copper
Celtic Spikes Bracelet

by Rebeca Mojica

p 38
mag cover
Purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • M18 ALUM
  • H18 ALUM
  • F19 EC
You can purchase kits for Celtic Spikes Bracelet in the Kits & Instructions section here at Blue Buddha.
Alternate sizes/metals: In sterling silver, use sizes N16, H16 and F18 NIOB

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2011

step by step, 2011, December



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 7, No. 6. December 2011 - January 2012

Captive Pearls by Lauren Anderson
samples using sterling silver and copper
Captive Pearls

by Lauren Anderson

p 46
mag cover
Purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use (from top):
  • O18 COPP
  • L18 SILV
  • I20 COPP
Visit Lauren's website at The Chainmaille Lady

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step by step, 2011, October



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 7, No. 5 - October/November 2011

Inclined to Shine by Kat Wisniewski
samples using aluminum
Inclined to Shine

by Kat Wisniewski

p 38
mag cover
Purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • H18 ALUM
  • L18 ALUM
  • F18 ALUM
  • Glass Rings
  • 6mm beads
Visit Kat's website and see her jewelry at Elemental Art Jewelry

You can purchase kits for this piece in the Kits & Instructions section here at Blue Buddha.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 7, No. 5 - October/November 2011

Japanese Flower Pendant by Leayn Tabili
samples using aluminum
Japanese Flower Pendant

by Leayn Tabili

p 12
mag cover
Purchase back issue
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Our samples use:
  • D18 ALUM
  • E18 ALUM
  • G18 ALUM
  • N18 ALUM
  • P18 ALUM
  • 27mm Swarovski Rivoli
Visit Leayn's website and see her jewelry at Anthelion Handcrafted Jewelry

Alternate sizes/metals: In sterling silver, use sizes D17, E17, E19. G17, N16, and P16.

NOTE: When this project was originally submitted, the aluminum rings Leayn had did not work for the pendant, as indicated in the sidebar in the magazine. However, we later had an intern test, and voila! It worked with aluminum! The ring sizes are very tricky, so remember that you might need to play around a bit if one ring size is just a fraction of a percent off.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 7, No. 5 - October/November 2011

Sparkling Rings of Saturn by Lauren Anderson
sample using aluminum
Sparkling Rings of Saturn

by Lauren Anderson

p 34
mag cover
Purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Our aluminum sample uses:
  • H18 AA
  • H18 ALUM
  • E18 ALUM

Visit Lauren's website at The Chainmaille Lady
We had some requests to test sizes for this project in other metals than EC and here are the lovely results!

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step by step, 2011, August



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 7, No. 4 - August/September 2011

Barrels of Pearls by Lauren Anderson
samples using jewelry brass
Barrels of Pearls

by Lauren Anderson

p 25
mag cover
Purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • F18 JBRS
  • B20 JBRS
  • 6mm beads
Visit Lauren's website at The Chainmaille Lady

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step by step, 2011, June



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 7, No. 3 - June/July 2011

Lace Skirts by Lauren Anderson
samples using sterling silver and copper
Lace Skirts

by Lauren Anderson

p 23
mag cover
Purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • B20 SILV
  • C20 SILV
  • F19 SILV
  • L16 SILV
  • T17 SILV
or
  • D20 COPP
  • F18 COPP
  • L18 COPP
  • T18 COPP
Visit Lauren's website at The Chainmaille Lady

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step by step, 2011, April



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 7, No. 2 - April/May 2011

Galadriel's Cuff by Vanessa Walilko
samples with Blue Buddha rings
Galadriel's Cuff

by Vanessa Walilko

p 20
mag cover
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from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • H19 EC(S)
  • D20 EC(S)
Errata: The correct size of enameled copper rings is H19 - 19ga 3/16" (4.8 mm)
Visit Vanessa's website and see her jewelry, sculpture and wearable art at Kali Butterfly.

Alternate sizes/metals: In base metal, use size I18 (with F18 to taper). It is ever-so-slightly larger than the sample shown here. In sterling silver, use size H18 with D20.

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step by step, 2011, February



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 7, No. 1 - February/March 2011

Byzantine Crosses with Turquoise by Lori Weidhuner
Samples with Blue Buddha sterling and jewelry brass rings
Byzantine Crosses with Turquoise

by Lori Weidhuner

p 20
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Our samples use:
  • E18 SILV
  • H18 SILV
  • D18 SILV
or
  • F18 JBRS
  • I18 JBRS
  • D18 JBRS
The brass version is tighter; notice that you'll have to use one ring at the top, instead of doubling it.
See Lori's work at One Woman Art

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2010

best of step by step, 2010



Best of Step By Step Wire Jewelry 2009 - 2010

Chainmaille Crystal Bracelet by Gladys Botz
sample in Blue Buddha
base metal rings

2 by 2 Chainmaille Bracelet

by Gladys Botz

p 66

purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Ring size used:
  • J20 JBRS (for 7 mm)
  • G20 JBRS (for 6 mm)
  • C20 JBRS (for 4 mm)
You should also be able to use these sizes in ALUM, BRNZ, COPP, SSTL as well as Sterling Silver (SILV).
Visit Gladys' website.
The sizes listed in the magazine must be outer diameter (otherwise the Aspect Ratios would be incredibly high.) We assumed this in choosing our ring sizes, and you can see from the sample photo that they work just fine.

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step by step, 2010, December



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 6 - December 2010/January 2011

Snowflakes by Rebeca Mojica
Samples with Blue Buddha rings
Snowflakes

by Rebeca Mojica

p 42
mag cover
purchase back issue from Step by Step
Sterling sizes used in magazine:
  • F19 SILV
  • F18 SILV
  • B21 SILV
Note that these sizes only work for sterling, NOT for sterling/niobium combos! See below for more details.
 

Alternate sizes/metals: If you want to make this piece in sterling and niobium, you'll need to increase the inner diameter of the "medium" rings in order to have enough space to fit the 20ga niobium rings. Use sizes: G19 SILV, G18 SILV and B20 NIOB. In base metal, you can make a medium size pendant with sizes H18 and D20, and a large pendant with sizes P16 and F18.

Samples of all of these various combinations are found on pages 42 and 43 in the magazine. Some of the samples are reversible, with one color of medium rings on one side of the weave, and another color on the other side. The samples shown in the magazine are slightly larger (by about 6%) than actual size.

On page 42 from top to bottom, the combos are:

  • H18 ALUM with D20 ALUM/AA blue and mobiused edging;
  • P16 ALUM/AA blue (reversible) with F18 AA blue;
  • H18 ALUM with D20 EC(S) ice blue;
  • G19 SILV/G18 SILV with B20 NIOB denim blend;
  • P16 ALUM with F18 ALUM and mobiused edging;
  • F19 SILV/F18 SILV with B21 SILV

On page 43 from left to right:

  • H18 ALUM/AA turquoise and blue with D20 EC(S) ice blue, peacock blue and bright blue;
  • P16 AA blue and turqouise (reversible) with F18 ALUM

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 6 - December 2010/January 2011

Komodo by Charlene Anderson
sample with Blue Buddha niobium
Komodo

by Charlene Anderson

p 20
mag cover
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Ring size used for final project in magazine:
  • N16 NIOB
  • H18 NIOB
Ring size used for step by steps:
  • T16 AA
  • L16 AA
Visit Charlene Anderson's Amazon store or her eBay store Purveyor of All Things Creative

Alternate sizes/metals: In base metal, use size N18 with H18. Other sizes that will work are L18 and F20.
NOTE! Charlene made earrings with size K18 ALUM and F18 AA, but that size combination is usually too tight, so we do not recommend it! (She may have had an off-size batch, making it possible). For a mini dragonscale, use sizes I20 with D20. In sterling silver use sizes as niobium: N16 and H17. You can also use size K18 with F18, or for a mini dragonscale, size I19 with D20.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 6 - December 2010/January 2011

Captive Caterpillar by Shelley Hubbs
sample with Blue Buddha base metal
Captive Caterpillar

by Shelley Hubbs

p 32
mag cover
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from Step by Step

Our sample uses:
  • L18 AA
  • I18 ALUM
  • E20 ALUM
Visit Shelley's website and purchase kits for this bracelet at Metal Designz.

Alternate sizes/metals: This bracelet actually calls for what would be our size J19 Enameled Copper, which we do not carry. We tried to make it work with aluminum and anodized aluminum, but we're not 100% satisfied with the results. We'll continue to futz, and if we come up with something better, we will post a new photo with new sizes!

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step by step, 2010, October



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 5 - October/November 2010

Crystal Quad Cuff by Lauren Anderson
Samples with Blue Buddha
sterling silver

Crystal Quad Cuff

by Lauren Anderson

p 37
mag cover
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Our 4-row sample uses:
  • H20 SILV
  • D20 SILV
Our 3-row sample (as shown on the magazine cover) uses:
  • K18 SILV
  • F18 SILV
(Note that this size uses 4 mm crystals)
Lauren's website and purchase kits at The Chainmaille Lady.
Alternate sizes/metals: This pattern is extremely particular in terms of ring sizes! The 20ga version is quite stiff. We haven't tested it in base metal yet, so we're not sure if H20 or I20 would work better for the large rings.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 5 - October/November 2010

Okinawa by Charlene Anderson
Sample with Blue Buddha
anodized niobium

Okinawa

by Charlene Anderson

p 45
mag cover
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Our sample uses:
  • H18 NIOB
  • D20 NIOB
This is the same size used on page 47 in the additional variations section. The clasp is our Barbed Wire Toggle.

Other Blue Buddha sizes used on that page are
H18 AA red + D20 AA orange and gold,
L18 AA blue + D20 AA purple,
G20 SSTL + B20 SSTL,
L18 JBRS + D20 JBRS,
H18 ALUM + D20 ALUM
Visit Charlene Anderson's Amazon store or her Ebay store: Purveyor of All Things Creative.
Alternate sizes/metals: To do the sterling silver version on page 45 use size H17 SILV with D20 SILV, or J16 SILV with E18 SILV. For a very tiny version, use F19 SILV with B21 SILV.

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step by step, 2010, August



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 4 - August/September 2010

Victorian Floral Necklace by Jacklyn Craft
Sample with Blue Buddha aluminum
Victorian Floral Necklace

by Jacklyn Craft

p 14
mag cover
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Our sample uses:
  • H18 ALUM
  • B20 ALUM

See more of Jacklyn's work at TheCraftNymphs.com
Alternate sizes/metals: In silver, you can also use H17 and D20, or for a mini version, F19 with B21. In base metal you can make a larger version with P16 and F18.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 4 - August/September 2010

Pearl Harbor Memories by Charlene Anderson
Samples with Blue Buddha
anodized niobium

Pearl Harbor Memories

by Charlene Anderson

p 26
mag cover
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Our sample uses:
  • H18 NIOB

Visit Charlene Anderson's Amazon store or her Ebay store: Purveyor of All Things Creative.
Alternate sizes/metals: In niobium you can also use N16. In sterling silver, sizes that work include: E21, F20, G19, H18, J17, L16, O14. In base metal, use sizes D22, F20, K18 or L18, P16.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 4 - August/September 2010

Cool Summer Breezes by Lauren Anderson
Sample with Blue Buddha
sterling silver

Cool Summer Breezes

by Lauren Anderson

p 39
mag cover
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Our sample uses:
  • K18 SILV
    (for 5.95 mm)
  • E18 SILV
    (for 3.57 mm)
  • D21 SILV
    (for 3.18 mm)
  • C20 SILV
    (for 2.78 mm)

Visit Lauren's website and purchase kits at The Chainmaille Lady.
This pattern is extremely particular in terms of ring sizes! We do not have any base metal equivalents that work as well as the sterling rings do, so please use sterling silver for the best result!

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step by step, 2010, June



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 3 - June/July 2010

Squares with Flair by Vanessa Walilko
Sample with Blue Buddha
sterling silver


Squares with Flair by Vanessa Walilko
Sample with Blue Buddha
base metal
Squares with Flair

by Vanessa Walilko

p 13

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Ring size used in magazine:
  • F18 SILV
  • N16 SILV
  • L16 SILV

See below for alternate sizes used in the base metal samples.
Visit Vanessa's website and see her jewelry, sculpture and wearable art at Kali Butterfly.
Alternate sizes/metals: In base metal, use size H18. This makes the chainmaille squares larger, so you might need to make one less cube (and use one fewer crystal). For the rings that connect to the square, use size O18 and M18.

You can also use D20 for a smaller square. If you use D20, change the connector rings to L18 and M18.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 3 - June/July 2010

Isle of Capri set by Charlene Anderson
Samples with Blue Buddha
aluminum (top) and niobium

Isle of Capri set

by Charlene Anderson

p 33

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Ring size used:
  • G18 SILV
Visit Charlene Anderson's Amazon store or her Ebay store: Purveyor of All Things Creative.
Alternate sizes/metals: In base metal, use size I18. Other sizes that will work for the barrel weave (but may not work well with the beads) are: sterling silver D21, E20, F19, and J16. In Base Metal: E20 (use D20 in aluminum) and M16.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 3 - June/July 2010

Seashell Necklace by Phyllis Adams
Samples with Blue Buddha
aluminum jump rings

Seashell Necklace

by Phyllis Adams

p 39
mag cover
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from Step by Step

Ring size used:
  • F18 ALUM (for 13/64")
  • J18 ALUM (for 9/64")
  • E20 ALUM (for 9/64")
Visit Phyllis' website at WindbornCreations.com.
Alternate sizes/metals: Insterling, use size E18, I18 and E20.

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step by step, 2010, April



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 2 - April/May 2010

Copenhagen Necklace by Charlene Anderson
Samples with Blue Buddha
aluminum (top) and niobium

Copenhagen Necklace

by Charlene Anderson

p 36

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Ring size used:
  • E18 ALUM (top)


  • B20 NIOB (bottom)

Visit Charlene Anderson's Amazon store or her Ebay store: Purveyor of All Things Creative.
Alternate sizes/metals: If you would like to use sterling silver, our favorite sizes are B20, F16, H14 (a necklace in H14 is shown in the magazine). In base metal, use size B20, E18 or H16 (G16 is a tighter fit and some advanced weavers might prefer G16).

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 2 - April/May 2010

Celtic Cage Earrings by Melissa Senetar
Samples with Blue Buddha
aluminum rings

Celtic Cage Earrings

by Melissa Senetar

p 22

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Ring size used:
  • K18 ALUM (for 6mm)
  • F20 ALUM (for 3.5 mm)
  • B20 ALUM (for 2 mm)

Contact Melissa and purchase kits for this project at PhbeaD.com
Alternate sizes/metals: We have not tested in sterling silver but we believe that K18 SILV, F18 SILV and B21 SILV would work. Let us know if you'd like us to have an intern test out this combination for sure.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 2 - April/May 2010

Blue My Mind Bracelet by Shelley Hubbs
Samples with Blue Buddha
aluminum rings

Blue My Mind

by Shelley Hubbs

p 12

purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Ring size used:
  • J16 ALUM
  • H18 ALUM

Visit Shelley's website and purchase materials for this bracelet at Metal Designz.
Alternate sizes/metals: In sterling silver use size J17 with H17 to duplicate this pattern exactly. In all metals a wide range of sizes can be used. The holes in the unicorn beads are quite large and can easily accommodate a 16-gauge base metal ring or a 14-gauge sterling ring.

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step by step, 2010, February



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 1 - February/March 2010

barrel ring earring by Lorraine Menard
base metal sample
with Blue Buddha rings

Barrel Ring Earrings

by Lorraine Menard

p 30

purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Our (base metal) sample uses:
  • T18 ALUM
  • G18 ALUM
  • G18 COPP

Contact Lorraine and purchase her finished jewelry pieces at Lorraineschains.com
Alternate sizes/metals: If you would like to use sterling silver and copper excactly as shown in the magazine, you'll need size S16 SILV (which we do not sell. Try Spiderchain.com and look for size 23:16). The small copper and sterling rings are size 18ga 3.75 mm, which you can also purchase from Spider.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 6, No. 1 - February/March 2010

Maluaka Bracelet by Charlene Anderson
Variation sample
with Blue Buddha rings

Maluaka Bracelet

by Charlene Anderson

p 11

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from Step by Step

Ring size used:
  • F18 AA used in the photo (variation)


  • G16 SILV is used for the main bracelet

Visit Charlene Anderson's Amazon store or her Ebay store: Purveyor of All Things Creative.
Alternate sizes/metals: If you would like to use sterling silver, you can use a wide variety of sizes: D19, E18, F17, G16, I15, and J14.

The magazine shows many variations of this weave—we encourage you to give 'em a try!

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step by step, 2010, Winter



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 5, No. 5 - Winter 2010

Spine of the Centipede by Lauren Andersen
sample in Blue Buddha Silver (top)
and aluminum

Spine of the Centipede

by Lauren Andersen

p 20
mag cover
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from Step by Step

There was an error in the magazine. The "18-gauge 3.75mmID" rings are acutally 16 gauge! Ring sizes used for sample photo:
  • F16 SILV (top) <--this is the size used for the magazine project
  • E18 ALUM (middle)
  • H16 ALUM (bottom)
Visit Lauren's website and purchase kits for this project The Chainmaille Lady.
Alternate sizes/metals: We also tested this project in ALUM. The weave is snug, but still flexible enough for a bracelet:
  • The middle photo shows E18 rings—this version is very snug.
  • The bottom photo uses H16 rings and 8 mm crystals; a very nice fit. We'd guess that H14 SILV would also work with 8 mm crystals, but we haven't tested it.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 5, No. 5 - Winter 2010

O Tannenbaum by Shelly Hubbs
sample in Blue Buddha
Anodized Aluminum

O Tannenbaum

by Shelley Hubbs

p 31
mag cover
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from Step by Step

Ring size used for sample photo:
  • L18 AA
  • D20 AA
  • H18 AA
Blue Buddha does not carry the small enameled copper sizes used in the magazine project. You can purchase those from the artist at Metal Designz. The design shown in our photo is the anodized aluminum tree Rebeca designed in 2005; it is very lightweight and perfect for earrings. (Shelley's design is lighter than you'd expect because the large rings are not doubled, and there aren't as many "trunk" rings.) You can purchase kits for Rebeca's design on our website.
Visit Shelley's website and purchase kits for these earrings at Metal Designz.
Alternate sizes/metals: For a smaller tree, use size H18 instead of L18 for the large green rings. For a mongo-size tree, use size P16 for the large rings and F18 for the "ornaments."

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2009

step by step, 2009, Fall



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 5, No. 4 - Fall 2009

Palau Reef Set by Charlene Anderson
sample in red rings
with mixed color beads

Palau Reef Set

by Charlene Anderson

p 24

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from Step by Step

Ring size used:
  • H18 AA
You should also be able to use H18 in ALUM, BRNZ, COPP, JBRS and SSTL.
Visit Charlene Anderson's Amazon store or her Ebay store: Purveyor of All Things Creative.
Alternate sizes/metals: If you would like to use sterling silver use size H17.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 5, No. 4 - Fall 2009

Olivia Bracelett by Shelly Hubbs
sample in Blue Buddha Base Metal
Olivia Bracelet

by Shelley Hubbs

p 27

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from Step by Step

Ring size used for sample photo:
  • F18 ALUM
  • F18 AA
You should also be able to use F18 in any combination of ALUM, BRNZ, COPP, JBRS and SSTL.
Visit Shelley's website and purchase kits for this bracelet at Metal Designz.
Alternate sizes/metals: If you would like to use sterling silver as shown, use size F17. The niobium size would also be F17 (which we currently do not sell)

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 5, No. 4 - Fall 2009

Bobble Necklace & Earrings by Amanda Shero Grandstrom
sample in Blue Buddha rings
Bobble Necklace & Earrings

by Amanda Shero Granström

p 30

purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Ring size used:
  • H18 ALUM
You should also be able to use these sizes in ALUM, BRNZ, COPP, JBRS and SSTL.
Visit Amanda's website or purchase kits for this project at Crafty Cat Jump Rings.
Alternate sizes/metals: We are currently testing sterling silver sizes.

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step by step, 2009, Summer



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 5, No. 3 - Summer 2009

Silver Swirls Bracelet by Phyllis Adams
sample in Blue Buddha
rings
Click for more photos
in SILV and ALUM

Silver Swirls Bracelet

by Phyllis Adams

p 50

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from Step by Step

This was a tough piece for us! We just couldn't get the sample to work with the sizes indicated in the magazine. (You can see what it looks like in the full photograph.) Here's what we were able to get to work for the main unit:
  • for 18g 3/16" (2nd) use J17 SILV
  • for 20g 1/8" (4th bullet point) use D20 SILV
  • for 20g 9/64" (5th bullet point) use G19 SILV


Visit Phyllis' website at WindbornCreations.com.
Alternate sizes/metals: In base metal, we suggest using:
  • for 18g 3/16" (2nd) use J18
  • for 20g 1/8" (4th bullet point) use F20
  • for 20g 9/64" (5th bullet point) use G18

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step by step, 2009, Summer Preview



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 5, No. 2 - Summer Preview 2009

Gridlock Chain Bracelet by Deanna Kittrell
sample in Blue Buddha
base metal rings

Gridlock Chain Bracelet

by Deanna Kittrell

p 25

purchase back issue
from Step by Step


To make this piece using Blue Buddha rings, use the following conversions:
  • for 16g 5mm use I16
  • for 16g 5.5mm use J16
  • for 18g 5mm use H18
  • for 18g 4mm use F18

Visit Deanna's website and purchase kits for this piece at D's Designs.
Alternate sizes/metals: We also tested this project in ALUM. The weave is snug, but still flexible enough for a bracelet:
  • for 16g 5mm use G18
  • for 16g 5.5mm use I18
  • for 18g 5mm use F20
  • for 18g 4mm use E18 (use singled instead of doubled)

To go larger in base metal, we suggest using (in the same order as listed in the instructions): L16, N16, I18 and G18.
About the name of this piece: Do not confuse this piece with Gridlock Byzantine, which is a completely different weave. (Yes, to the untrained eye they look VERY similar, but they are not the same: Gridlock Byzantine has two planes of center rings and the edge rings also zig zag in a different way.) The piece shown here is most commonly referred to as Beez to Butterflies.

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step by step, 2009, Spring



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 5, No. 1 - Spring 2009

Rainforest Bracelet by Phyllis Adams
sample in Blue Buddha
stainless steel rings

Rainforest Silver Bracelet

by Phyllis Adams

p 56

purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Our sample uses:
  • D20 SSTL
You should also be able to use D20 in SILV, NIOB, ALUM, COPP, BRNZ, JBRS, and EC / EC(S)
Visit Phyllis' website at WindbornCreations.com.
Additional Info: Try as we might, we could not find the 4mm x 18mm bead size listed in the magazine. We did find 4mm x 13mm and those worked well with the pattern, as our sample photo shows.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 5, No. 1 - Spring 2009

Two Toned Turkish Bracelet by Joyce Tromp
sample in Blue Buddha
base metal rings

Two-Toned Turkish Bracelet

by Joyce Tromp

p 23

purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Our sample uses:
  • J16 ALUM
  • J16 JBRS
You should also be able to use J16 in COPP, BRNZ and SSTL. Size J14 works in sterling silver.
Send Joyce an email.
Alternate sizes/metals: Turkish round uses the same sizes as 2-connector byzantine, so if you know what rings work for byzantine, you can make Turkish. To go smaller in base metal, we suggest C20 or D20 (the D20 is a little loose, but it works) and also G18. In stering silver, you can use B21, C20, D19, E18, F17, G16, I15 or J14.

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2008

step by step, 2008, Fall



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 4, No. 4 - Fall 2008

Three Sisters Set by Charlene Anderson
samples in Blue Buddha rings
Three Sisters Set

by Charlene Anderson

p 29

purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Charlene used our J18 base metal rings to demonstrate the weave. It is good to use this size to learn the weave, because the rings have a higher aspect ratio.

The sample pieces shown at left are closest in Aspect Ratio to the rings used for Charlene's final piece:
  • H18 COPP
  • H18 JRBS
  • F18 SILV
You should also be able to use H18 in ALUM, BRNZ and SSTL.
Visit Charlene Anderson's Amazon store or her Ebay store: Purveyor of All Things Creative.
Alternate sizes/metals: If you would like to use slightly larger rings, in sterling silver you can use H17, and in base metal, L16.

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Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 4, No. 4 - Fall 2008

Color My World Japanese Bracelet by Tracy Harmon
sample in Blue Buddha rings
(instructions detail how to permanently close the piece)
Color My World

by Tracy Harmon

p 52

purchase back issue
from Step by Step

Our sample uses:
  • K18 COPP
  • C19 RUBR for the small rings
You should also be able to use K18 in ALUM, BRNZ and SSTL.
Visit Tracy's website Harmony in Metal.
Alternate sizes/metals: We have not tested larger or smaller sizes yet with rubber rings.

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step by step, 2008, Summer Preview



Step by Step Wire Jewelry Vol 4, No. 2 - Summer Preview 2008

Vintage Lace in rings by Sue Ripsch
sample in Blue Buddha
base metal rings

(instructions use precious metal)
Vintage Lace in Rings

by Sue Ripsch

p 32

purchase PDF project
from Step by Step

We do not sell gold-fill or rose-gold rings, so we recommend purchasing a kit from Sue for the metal combination as shown in the magazine.

For our sample piece in base metal, we used the following:
  • I18 JBRS (for yellow gold)
  • G18 ALUM (for sterling)
  • E18 COPP (for rose gold)
You may interchange among all base metals, including bronze and steel, and use the same sizes listed above.
Visit Sue's website and purchase kits for this piece at Jewelry By Sue Online
Alternate sizes/metals: If you would like to do an all sterling silver bracelet using our rings, use these sizes: I18 (for the yellow), F18 (for the silver), E18 (for the rose).

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BEADSTYLE MAGAZINE

2012

beadstyle, 2012, March



BeadStyle Magazine March 2012

Rings of a different color by Holly Kurzman
samples using aluminum
Rings of a different color

by Holly Kurzman

p 72
mag cover
Purchase issue from Bead Style Magazine
Our samples use:
  • L16 ALUM (recommended)
  • P16 ALUM (very loose)
  • T16 ALUM (very loose)
Visit Holly's website at HillcrestStudio.etsy.com

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WIREWORK MAGAZINE

2012

wirework, 2012, Fall



Wirework Fall 2012

Coiled-Butterfly Bracelet by Rebeca Mojica
samples using Jewelry Brass, EC/S
Coiled Butterfly Bracelet

by Rebeca Mojica

p 24
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Bead&Button

Our sample uses:
  • M18 JBRS
  • N18 JBRS
  • G18 JBRS
  • H19 EC
  • D20 EC
You can purchase kits for Coiled Butterfly here at Blue Buddha.

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Wirework Fall 2012

Dragon-Eggz Set (Necklace) by Kathleen Bergeron
sample using Aluminum, Crystals
Dragon Eggz Set (Necklace)

by Kathleen Bergeron

p 33
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Bead&Button

Our sample uses:

"Large" byzantine units

  • G18 ALUM
  • F18 ALUM

attaches to large crystal with H18 ALUM & C20 ALUM
attaches to medium crystal with G18 ALUM & C20 ALUM

"Medium" byzantine units

  • G18 ALUM
  • F18 ALUM
  • F20 ALUM

attaches to medium crystal with G18 ALUM & C20 ALUM
attaches to small crystal with E18 ALUM & C20 ALUM

"Small" byzantine units

  • F18 ALUM
  • F20 ALUM

attaches to small crystal with E18 ALUM & C20 ALUM

Visit Kathleen's website for kits at ChainWeavers.com

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Wirework Fall 2012

Duplicate Duets Bracelet by Kat Wisniewski
samples using Copper, EC/S
Duplicate Duets Bracelet

by Kat Wisniewski

p 46
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Bead&Button

Our sample uses:
  • J18 COPP
  • H19 EC
  • D20 EC (optional - used for fringe variation shown)
  • Glass Rings
Visit Kat's website and see her jewelry at Elemental Art Jewelry

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Wirework Fall 2012

Celtic Fan Earrings by Colin Mahler
samples using Aluminum, crystal beads
Celtic Fan Earrings

by Colin Mahler

p 69
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Bead&Button

Our sample uses:
  • J18 ALUM
  • F18 ALUM
  • E18 ALUM
  • crystal beads
See Colin's work at WolfstoneJewelry on Etsy

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wirework, 2012, Spring



Wirework Spring 2012

speedy-dragonscale by Theresa D. Abelew
samples using aluminum
Speedy Dragonscale

by Theresa D. Abelew

p 32
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Bead&Button

Our samples use:
  • L18 ALUM
  • F19 EC(S)
  • E18 ALUM
See Theresa's work at 2 Dog Studios

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Wirework Spring 2012

Butterfly Wing Earrings by Kat Wisniewski
samples using aluminum
Butterfly Wing Earrings

by Colin Mahler

p 42
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Bead&Button

Our samples use:
  • F18 JBRS
  • G18 ALUM
  • B20 ALUM
  • 8mm crystal beads
  • headpins
See Colin's work at WolfstoneJewerly on Etsy

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Wirework Spring 2012

Viper Basket Necklace by Kathleen Bergeron
samples using aluminum
Viper Basket Necklace

by Kathleen Bergeron

p 54
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Bead&Button

Our samples use:
  • M18 ALUM
  • G20 COPP
Visit Kathleen's website for kits at ChainWeavers.com
Alternate sizes/metals: In silver, use N18 SILV + G18 SILV.

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Wirework Spring 2012

Queen's Link Bracelet by Diane Miller
samples using silver
Queen's Link Bracelet

by Diane Miller

p 62
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Bead&Button

Our samples use:
  • L16 SILV
  • I18 SILV
Visit Diane's website at Diane Miller Designs and buy kits from her on Etsy at MidwestMaille.

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Wirework Spring 2012

Multistrand chain mail necklace by Spider
samples using aluminum
Multistrand chain mail necklace

by Spider

p 25
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Bead&Button

Our samples use:
  • G20 ALUM
  • K18 AWG brass
Visit Spider's website at Spiderchain.com.

Note: Original piece uses K18 NIOB - a size we do not sell. Our sample uses jewelry brass rings specially made match precious metal rings and are used for testing purposes only. These ARE NOT our regular stock of SWG jewelry brass rings. For this size niobium ring, we recommend Spiderchain.com.

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2011

wirework, 2011, Fall



Wirework Fall 2011

Celtic Diamond Pendant by Kat Wisniewski
samples using aluminum
Celtic Diamond Pendant

by Kat Wisniewski

p 53
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Bead&Button

Our samples use:
  • V16 ALUM (large rings)
  • L18 ALUM (medium rings)
  • F18 ALUM (small rings)
  • Glass Rings
Visit Kat's website and see her jewelry at Elemental Art Jewelry

Alternate sizes/metals: In sterling silver, use sizes T14, L17, and F17. If you would like to make this piece in Anodized Aluminum, you can use T16 for the largest size ring.

Note that the sizes in the magazine are incorrect! We've tested this piece heavily in our ring sizes listed above, and it works perfectly. As always, though, be aware that other suppliers sizes may not match ours, so if you buy your rings elsewhere you may need to use different sizes.

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Wirework Fall 2011

Art Deco Necklace by Vanessa Walilko
samples using aluminum
Art Deco Necklace

by Vanessa Walilko

p 67
mag cover
purchase this issue
from Bead&Button

Our samples use:
  • M18 ALUM (Ring A)
  • M16 ALUM (Ring B)
  • P16 ALUM (Ring C)
  • J18 ALUM (Ring D)
  • H20 ALUM (Ring E)
  • E20 ALUM (Ring F)
  • D22 SSTL (Ring G)
Visit Vanessa's website and see her jewelry, sculpture and wearable art at Kali Butterfly.

Alternate sizes/metals: In sterling silver, use sizes L18, L16, N16, J17, G19, E20. and D21.

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Wirework Fall 2011

Anansi Knot Bracelet & Earrings by Theresa Abelew
samples using jewelry brass and aluminum
Anansi Knot Bracelet & Earrings

by Theresa Abelew

p 28
mag cover
purchase this issue
from Bead&Button

Our samples use:
  • N18 JBRS
  • E18 ALUM
See Theresa's work at 2 Dog Studios on Etsy.

Alternate sizes/metals: In silver, use sizes L16 and E17.

NOTE: We had difficulty making the piece in the ring sizes in the magazine (E18 and L18 base metal), so we contacted the author. What she had to say is below. By following her instructions and photos, we were able to get it to work in the proper sizes.

The placement/stacking of the smaller rings is very particular. The front image has two red bars, those indicate the side rings that need to be slightly layered on top of the other rings. The back image points to the top and bottom rings, those need to be slightly on top of the side rings... The side rings need to angle up at the center and the top and bottom rings need to angle downward. If the stacking is off it is nearly impossible to fit the last brass ring.

front AnansiKnot   back AnansiKnot
FRONT     BACK

View larger images in new windows:
Front (553 KB)     Back (750 KB)

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Wirework Fall 2011

Vortex Pendant & Earrings by Diane Miller
samples using jewelry brass
Vortex Pendant & Earrings

by Diane Miller

p 64
mag cover
purchase this issue
from Bead&Button

Our samples use:
  • P18 JBRS
  • K18 JBRS
Visit Diane's website at Diane Miller Designs and buy kits from her on Etsy at MidwestMaille

NOTE: You can use a wide variety of sizes to make a vortex (also known as a Möbius ball). Adjust the number of rings in the vortex depending on the thickness and inner diameter of the rings you're using.

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wirework, 2011, Spring

Wirework Spring 2011

Crystal Seafoam by by Spider
samples in jewelry brass and anodized aluminum
Crystal Seafoam

by Spider

p 38
mag cover
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from Bead&Button
Our sample uses:
  • H18 JBRS (ring A)
  • D20 JBRS (ring B)
  • J18 JBRS (ring C)
  • H18 JBRS (ring D)
  • F18 JBRS (ring E)
  • F18 JBRS (ring F)
  • X12 AA (ring G)
Visit Spiderchain.com to purchase kits directly from Spider for this project.

Alternate sizes/metals: In sterling silver, use sizes H18, B20, J19, H19, F19, D19 and CC12. (We carry most of those sizes, except the very large 12ga ring).

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Wirework Spring 2011

Coiled Bracelet by Rebeca Mojica
samples in sterling and niobium
Coiled Bracelet

by Rebeca Mojica

p 42
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Bead&Button
Our sample uses:
  • T17 SILV
  • K15 SILV
  • D20 SILV
  • D17 SILV
  • B20 NIOB
Hey, you're already on Rebeca's website! You can purchase kits for this piece in the DIY Kits & Instructions section.

Alternate sizes/metals: In base metal, use size T18, K16, D20, D18 and B20.

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Wirework Spring 2011

GSG chain mail bracelet
samples using silver
GSG chain mail bracelet

by Diane Miller

p 60
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Bead&Button

Our sample uses:
  • J17 SILV
Visit Diane's website at Diane Miller Designs and buy kits from her on Etsy at MidwestMaille

In base metal, use size J18.

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Wirework Spring 2011

Double-cross Chain by John Fetvedt
samples with Blue Buddha sterling + niobium, and jewelry brass rings
Double-cross Chain

by John Fetvedt

p 66
mag cover
purchase back issue
from Bead&Button

Our sample uses:
  • B20 SILV
  • B20 NIOB
or
  • B20 JBRS
See John's work and purchase kits at bijoux de terre

This piece is a LOT tinier than it looks in the magazine! That's why we photographed it in hand...to give you a good idea of the scale! If you're looking to do a larger piece, you can follow the instructions for Japanese Cross in CHAINED

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Wirework Spring 2011

Beaded Romanov Bracelet by Scott David Plumlee
samples in jewelry brass
Beaded Romanov Bracelet

by Scott David Plumlee

p 71
mag cover
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from Bead&Button

Our sample uses:
  • G18 JBRS
  • F18 JBRS
  • R18 JBRS
You can use either G18 or F18 in base metal for the byzantine sections. The F18 is noticeably tighter, and is not recommended for beginners.
View Scott's work and purchase kits at Davidchain

Alternate sizes/metals: To do the piece exactly as shown in the magazine, use sizes E18 SILV with R18 BRNZ. The pair of jump rings to be used at the clasp point are size J14 SILV (or use J16 base metal). We did not have the special pliers Scott used to make his loops, and so we marked our round-nose pliers at the 3.6 mm mark and always created our loop at that spot to keep our loops consistent with the jump ring sizes, so they'd flow seamlessly with the weave.

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BEAD&BUTTON MAGAZINE

2012

bead&button, 2012, August



Bead&Button August, 2012

Crystal-linked by Leslie Smith
sample using Jewelry Brass
Crystal-linked

by Leslie Smith

p 72
mag cover
purchase issue
from Bead&Button

Our sample uses:
  • F18 JBRS
  • 18 x 9mm crystal bead
Visit Leslie's website to see her jewelry and purchase kits for this project at 925maille.com
Alternate sizes/metals: For a sterling silver version, use F17 for the main byzantine sections and use F16 to connect them to the crystal beads.

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bead&button, 2012, April



Bead&Button April 2012

Fantastic Features by Amanda Shero Granstrom
samples using anodized aluminum
Fantastic Features

by Amanda Shero Granstrom

p 96
mag cover
purchase magazine
from Bead&Button
Our sample uses:
  • H18 AA
Visit Amanda's website or purchase kits for this project at Crafty Cat Jump Rings.

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2011

bead&button, 2011, December



Bead&Button December 2011

Download FREE project instruction PDF from Bead&Button
Reversible chain ceaction by Vanessa Walilko
samples using aluminum and enameled copper
Reversible Chain Reaction

by Vanessa Walilko
mag cover
purchase magazine
from Bead&Button

Our samples use (from top):
  • H19 EC
  • P16 ALUM
  • L18 ALUM
Visit Vanessa's website and see her jewelry, sculpture and wearable art at Kali Butterfly

Note: This weave is also known as Oval or Persian Dragonscale. If you are having trouble opening the file you've downloaded because it is an .ashx file, try changing the file name to .pdf

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bead&button, 2011, October



Bead&Button October 2011

Byzantine Balance by Scott David Plumlee
samples using sterling and anodized aluminum
Byzantine Balance

by Scott David Plumlee

p 84
mag cover
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from Bead&Button
Our sample uses:
  • J14 SILV
  • E18 SILV
  • L16 AA
  • F18 AA
View Scott's work and purchase kits at Davidchain

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bead&button, 2011, August



Bead&Button August 2011 - Issue 104

Layered Chains by Anne E. Mitchell
samples using copper
Layered Chains

by Anne E. Mitchell

p 76
mag cover
purchase magazine
from Bead&Button

Our sample uses:
  • Z16 COPP
  • I18 COPP
Visit Anne's website at annemitchell.net

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bead&button, 2011, April



Bead&Button April 2011 - Issue 102

Chain of Command by Arja Aalto-Viittala
samples with Blue Buddha sterling and copper rings
Chain of Command

by Arja Aalto-Viittala

p 82
mag cover
purchase magazine
from Bead&Button
Our sample uses:
  • H18 SILV
or
  • H18 COPP
See Arja's work at ArjasUni Artisan Studio on Artfile or ArjasUni Finnnish Handmade Jewelry on Etsy.com

The copper version is stiffer, but the beaded sections allow for plenty of flexibility for a bracelet. If you use smaller rings, you may wish to consider reducing the bead size as well, to keep everything proportionate.

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2010

bead&button, 2010, June



Bead&Button June 2010 - Issue 97

Jump in by Lesley Weiss
sample using
Blue Buddha jump rings

Jump in!

by Lesley Weiss

p 18
mag cover
purchase magazine
from Bead&Button

Our sample uses:
  • H18 AA
  • F20 ALUM
Email Lesely in care of Bead&Button ateditor@beadandbutton.com.

Alternate sizes/metals: You could substitute F20 in sterling silver (as used in the actual design). Rebeca prefers not to mix sterling silver with anodized aluminum, unless she must have a color like red or black that is not available in niobium, but that's just a personal preference. The size of the smaller rings make the piece a bit loose—if you'd like it tighter, feel free to use E20 or even D20 for the small rings.

If you want a luxurious piece in all sterling silver, use size H17 with E20.

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Bead&Button June 2010 - Issue 97

Dahlia Ring by Amanda Shero Granstrom
sample using
Blue Buddha jump rings

Dahlia Ring

by Amanda Shero Grandstrom

p 40
mag cover
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Our sample uses:
  • T16
  • L18
  • H18
  • F20
Visit Amanda's website or purchase kits for this project at Crafty Cat Jump Rings.
Alternate sizes/metals: Even though we prefer saw-cut rings, it seems like this piece might work better in pinch- or machine-cut rings, because those rings have a slightly larger Aspect Ratio. The sample was difficult for the intern to make, because it is so tight. In the photos shown in the magazine, the green/violet flower seems to use saw-cut rings, and many of those rings have noticeable openings. The pink/yellow flower uses machine-cut rings, and those rings are closed seamlessly. It could also be that the yellow/pink flower was woven by the designer, who is a chainmaille expert; and the green/violet flower was woven by the staff of Bead&Button (who are great, but are not quite as expert as the designers they feature!).

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Bead&Button June 2010 - Issue 97

linkitup Ring by Amanda Shero Granstrom
sample using
Blue Buddha jump rings

(Actual sample has a lentil bead inside the maille; but we didn't have one of the appropriate size handy!)
Link it up Bracelet

by Wendy Hunt

p 76
mag cover
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Our sample uses:
  • K18 SILV (for 6 mm 18-gauge)
  • I19 SILV (for 5 mm 19-gauge)
  • D19 SILV (for 3 mm 19-gauge)
  • B20 SILV* (for 2 mm 19-gauge)

*NOTE: We did try using A19 SILV (as A= 1.984 mm) but it was too tight and the weave was not possible. That's why we bumped up to B, which is 2.4 mm. The weave is still snug, but it works beautifully

Visit Wendy's website at BaublesNBeads.atspace.com or send her email.
Alternate sizes/metals:In Base metal, use these ring sizes (listed in the same order as above): J18, H18, D18 (or use D20) and D20.

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bead&button, 2010, April



Bead&Button April 2010 - Issue 96

All the Hoopla by Kimberly Berlin
sample
in aluminum
with crystals

All the Hoopla Necklace

by Kimberly Berlin

p 36

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Our sample uses:
  • T18 ALUM
  • H18 ALUM

Send Kimberly an email.
Alternate sizes/metals: In sterling, you can use size Z16 SILV (we do not carry this size---it is 16ga 12 mm) and K16 (16ga 6 mm) for the chain.

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bead&button, 2010, January

Wirework 2010

Crystal Ring Byzantine by Rebeca Mojica
samples (top to bottom)
in sterling silver, jewelry brass
and copper

Crystal Ring Byzantine Bracelet

by Rebeca Mojica

p 30
Jan 2010 cover
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The bracelet uses:
  • F17 SILV
  • I16 SILV
  • N16 SILV

Hey, you're already on Rebeca's website!
You can purchase kits for this piece in the DIY Kits & Instructions section
Alternate sizes/metals: In base metal, use size F18, I18 and N18.

More projects from Wirework to come!

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2009

bead&button, 2009, October



Bead&Button October 2009 - Issue 93

Bicycle Chain by Luan Carnevale
samples (top to bottom)
in sterling silver, aluminum
and copper

Bicycle Chain Bracelet

by Luan Carnevale

p 84

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Our sample uses:
  • K18 SILV

Visit Luan's website website and purchase kits for this piece at Life's a Bead
Alternate sizes/metals: In base metal, you can also use K18, but it works much better (meaning, it is more flexible, and easier to weave) if the connecting rings are singled instead of doubled.

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bead&button, 2009, June



Bead&Button June 2009 - Issue 91

Color Division by Miachelle DePiano
sample in anodized aluminum
and regular (bright) aluminum

Color Division

by Miachelle DePiano

p 34

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Our sample uses:
  • L18 AA
  • L18 ALUM
These are the same sizes shown in the tutorial. You can also use JBRS, COPP, BRNZ or SSTL. (SSTL is tough, so beginners should avoid it!)
Visit Miachelle's website — Cosmopolitan Accessories
Alternate sizes/metals: In sterling, use L17 SILV instead, as 17g silver is nearly the same as 18g base metal. For a smaller piece, try F20 in any metal, including sterling (it looks fabulously intricate in this size).

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2008

bead&button, 2008, December



Bead&Button Magazine December 2008

free-form chainmaille necklace
centerpiece in Blue Buddha rings
(instructions detail how to make the neck chain as well)
Crystal Constellations

by Miachelle DePiano

p 128

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from Bead&Button

December 2008, Issue 88
In our base metal sizes (ALUM, COPP, JBRS, BRNZ, SSTL*), you can use the following:
  • for size A use T14 (T18 is shown in our photo)
  • for size B use N18
  • for size C use H16
  • for size D use E20

*We will never have 14g stainless steel available, so if you choose steel, you will need to use T18 for the large rings, or T14 ALUM.
Visit Miachelle's website — Cosmopolitan Accessories
Alternate sizes/metals:The article does not specify what metal is used. The base metal sizes listed above will work for aluminum, copper, bronze, jewelry brass and steel (except the T14 as noted). If you would like to use sterling silver, use these sizes: A - S14, B - N16, C - H14, D - E20. Note, however, this pattern is very free-flowing, so even if you don't have those exact sizes, you can use any size that is close in guage or inner diameter.
Additional Info: This pattern is exactly what it says it is: free-form. If you're a beginner, or a veteran weaver who likes a lot of structure with specific step-by-step instructions, this might not be the pattern for you. But for those who want to let their creativity take over, as they sit back and enjoy the soothing process of mailling, this is a perfect pattern.

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ART JEWELRY MAGAZINE

2011

art jewelry, 2011, November



Art Jewelry November 2011

Dragonscale by Curt Dunaway
Samples using aluminum, silver, and niobium.
Breathe Life into
Dragon Scale


by Curt Dunaway

p 30
mag cover
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from Art Jewelry

Our base metal sample uses:
  • N18 ALUM
  • H18 AA
Our silver sample uses:
  • N16 SILV
  • H18 NIOB
Visit Curt's website at C&T Designs.

Alternate sizes/metals: Dragonscale can be made in a variety of sizes. For base metal, make a smaller version using a combination of D20 and I20, or a larger version with L16 and T16. For an all silver version, use N16 and H17 or K18 and F18 for a smaller version.

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art jewelry, 2011, September



Art Jewelry September 2011

Half-Persian Weave by Karen Karon
sample in sterling silver
Jump Start Your Half-Persian Weave

by Karen Karon

p 38
mag cover
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from Art Jewelry
when available
Our sample use:
  • J17 SILV
Visit Karen's website and see her jewelry at KarenKaron.com

Alternate sizes/metals: Half Persian 4-1 can be made with rings with an aspect ratio of 4.6 to 5.3 (our personal favorite is an AR of about 5.1). For base metal, this means that F20, G20, K18, L18, P16 and T14 are perfect. In sterling silver, use sizes E21, F20, G19, J17, L16 and O14.

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art jewelry, 2011, July



Art Jewelry July 2011

New Twist by Diane Ferguson
sample in jewelry brass and aluminum
Try a New Twist in the Japanese 4-in-1

by Diane Ferguson

p 34
mag cover
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from Art Jewelry

Our sample use:
  • J20 JBRS
  • E18 ALUM
Visit Diane's website and see her jewelry at Diana Ferguson Artisan Jewelry.

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art jewelry, 2011, May



Art Jewelry May 2011

Double-Barrel Bracelet by John Fetvedt
samples in sterling silver, copper & anodized aluminum, aluminum & enameled copper, and aluminum and niobium
Double-Barrel Bracelet

by John Fetvedt

p 36
mag cover
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from Art Jewelry

Our sample use:
  • G16 SILV
  • F18 COPP & AA
  • F18 ALUM & F19 EC
  • F18 ALUM with F18 NIOB
Visit John's website to see his jewelry and buy kits at Bijoux de Terre

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art jewelry, 2011, January



Art Jewelry Magzine January 2011

Modern Chain Mail Flowers by Spider
samples using jewelry brass and enameled copper
Modern Chain Mail Flowers

by Spider

p 38
mag cover
purchase this issue
from Art Jewelry
when available
Our sample use:
  • D20 EC
  • D20 JBRS
  • H18 JBRS
  • Z16 JBRS
Visit Spider's website at Spiderchain.com

 

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