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Vortex Medallion, Tutorial

By Gary Bryan February 26, 2015 123875 Views 9 comments

Vortex Medallion is the name of our version of this beautiful and much loved design by Norwegian mailler, Kenth Kutschera.

Use the arrows to navigate the step-by-step tutorial, then watch the video to see how the tricky part is done. Click the link to see the kits. Happy weaving. :)

Elfweave Round

By Gary Bryan January 27, 2015 14404 Views 1 comment

I've been wanting to learn Elfweave for awhile now and I had some time over the holidays to sit down and get to know the weave. All the directions I found recommend sizes for making the sheet version of the weave, but I wanted to tighten that up a bit to make the single row, rope version.

The Perfect Ring

By Aislyn Bryan September 9, 2014 295184 Views 1 comment
What Makes This Ring So Perfect?

First, it's a ring. Years ago, a well known wire work author asked me to recommend weaves and ring sizes for her to make a series of finger rings to embellish with wire work for one of her books. My recommendation was that she just not do it because I couldn't make a single satisfying ring. By satisfying, I mean a ring that is comfortable, holds up well, and looks good. I could not work out a single unflawed ring design using chainmaille alone. It isn't easy, so it isn't common, which means most people have never even seen a chainmalle ring at all, much less a great one.

Beautiful Diamond Flowers

By Aislyn Bryan May 4, 2010 4900 Views No comments

These are 3 ring flowers, made with diamond rings, In addition to the sizes shown in the photos, 14g/8.5mm diamond rings make gorgeous flowers. That's the same ring size we recommend for the diamond Half Persian 4-in-1 so you might already have them. You can make 12 flowers with 1 ozt.

3-in-3 Chain, Tutorial

By Aislyn Bryan March 23, 2003 7070 Views No comments

The 3-in-3 has a masculine, motorcycle chain feel that makes it a favorite with men. Like all masculine chains, it makes a woman's wrist look delicate by contrast.

3-in-3 is a simple pattern but it looks good only with perfect closures and no pringling at all. Hence, weaving 3-in-3 adds significantly and rapidly to a mailler's vital skill set.

WallFlowers

By Aislyn Bryan March 23, 2003 6602 Views No comments

In response to several requests, I made a real life version of my wallpaper flower so I could share the specs with you. I hope you like the name. Getting the right size balance between the center ring and its spokes turned out to be surprisingly fiddly; too loose and it was floppy and didn't hold its shape, too tight and the whole flower would torque in peculiar ways. This version, though, is just right. It's tight enough to maintain its shape perfectly even when suspended but not so tight that it torques under its own tension.

Summer at Aphrodite's

By Aislyn Bryan March 23, 2003 6072 Views 2 comments

Summer at Aphrodite's is an anklet made from 20g Barrel Weave, adorned with freshwater pearls on sterling headpins. It's closed with our large capsule magnet clasp which is particularly good for anklets. Barrel Weave makes lovely charm bracelets, as well.

 
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