Ok, the story behind this is that someone asked me if I could make armour!..... well being my father's daughter I thought..... I could give it a red hot try.
I did a little bit of research and discovered that standard maille mesh is often European 4 in 1 weave. So I found a tutorial on you tube and went for it. This is the result (with enormous rings mind you).
Anyway, I have since found out that I have managed to do a spectacular job at weaving it sideways. Now I know what I am doing I will attempt it again with smaller rings. So whilst it might take me days to complete an entire hood, I had fun with the "idea".... not sure yet where I will take it. You might just have to stay tuned.
I have been wondering how to use the mega gem chips that Mel gave me, and I wanted to use the big glass nuggets I bought at the bead and gem show without using too many of them in a necklace (I am so stingey!)
But here is what I came up with. I love them. They started life as bracelets and ended up as these.
I made one with colourless glass and rutilated quartz chips but sold it to Amanda of Intimo befrore I had a chance to photograph it. I have made her these earrings to match.
It mut be 3, maybe even 4 years down the track, I have finally had a jewellery party! See, I take a while, but I do things eventually. It was quite successful and kicked off the start of a very busy November. I have 3 market stalls and another party between now and the end of November. Wish me luck in the lead up to Christmas.
Well, as you may have expected, I took A LOT of beading supplies away with me during the holidays. While we were in Brisbane at John and Dale's place Maddie showed me a gorgeous lizard she had made in Bead Club at school. She let me take a copy of the instructions and the to little guys below were born once I got down to New Brighton! Thankyou Maddie, they were great fun to make. Uncle Johns Mum was making one too by the end of the week...... (you gave me an excuse to buy more beads too)
Yes they are made from seed beads, allbeit large seedies, but seedies all the same. Hope you are all proud of me. Most of you know how much I LOVE seedies LOL. These are a few bracelets I whipped up during that week as well. Sorry for the very dodgy photo, my light box was full of stuff the day I took my photos.