My introduction to chainmaille happened quite by accident. One day several years ago, I was watching a jewelry-making TV show, and saw the most beautiful bracelet ever. You see, I come from a needlepoint background. I do cross stitch, some Swedish weaving, and Danish Hardanger (editor's note: a super-intricate form of whitework embroidery!) and that bracelet reminded me of a lacy effect that you get in needlepoint.
Well, I just had to learn how to make that bracelet. I purchased the DVDs and I have been hooked ever since!
Chainmaille, also referred to as maille, first appeared around 400 B.C. and is a type of armor, consisting of small metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh. Somewhere along the line, people began to make jewelry using the same patterns used to make armor.
*You will find that the spelling of chainmaille has several variations; chain maille, chainmaille, and chain mail. But no matter how you spell it, you will find that it is a very inexpensive hobby. All you need to get started are two pair of pliers and some jump rings! I encourage you to give it a try. Please let me know any questions you have, and of how I can help you to become a chainmaille artist, too!
I'll be posting every Tuesday throughout Facet's Chain Mail Month (February 2017) so please check back for some tips and tricks!