Beadmaille: Jewelry with Bead Weaving & Metal Rings

Beadmaille: Jewelry with Bead Weaving & Metal Rings

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by Cindy Thomas Pankopf

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Jewelry makers—and beaders in particular—are hungry for new ideas, so they’ll rejoice in having a brand-new, easy, and gorgeous technique to try!

Beadmaille offers an entirely unique and beautiful way to craft chain mail–like jewelry, using the simplest of bead-weaving processes to link together metal jump rings in classic patterns.


Jewelry makers—and beaders in particular—are hungry for new ideas, so they’ll rejoice in having a brand-new, easy, and gorgeous technique to try!

Beadmaille offers an entirely unique and beautiful way to craft chain mail–like jewelry, using the simplest of bead-weaving processes to link together metal jump rings in classic patterns. The 25 pieces—bracelets, necklaces, and earrings—all showcase seed beads in luscious colors, and both handmade and commercial jump rings in gold, sterling silver, copper, or bronze.

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"If you like Cindy Thomas Pankopf's projects in Bead & Button, you'll enjoy her book featuring jewelry made with metal rings and beads. Cindy's collection of 23 projects includes necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings. Jump rings, decorative metal rings, and chain are paired with woven seed beads in this eclectic selection of pieces suitable for casual wear or a night out. Plus, she includes comprehensive background about the techniques, tools, and materials you need to complete the projects." - Bead & Button
“Clever combinations — elegant chain mail and colorful beadweaving merge to create a sophisticated new look in Beadmaille.” - Beadwork

"This book is so innovative and stunning, we were all in awe. Beadmaille begins with an extensive The Basics sections that covers information on bead weaving and chainmail, including elementary bead weaving stitches and how to make your own jump rings. This section alone would be valuable to any jewelry maker. The 25 projects in Beadmaille are each totally unique. The illustrations and instructions are clear and easy to follow. If you are looking to expand your bead weaving, chainmail skills, or looking to try something new, this is a great book for you!" - Beadphoria
“I have never seen anything like Cindy Pankopf's BeadMaille jewelry. Mingling beads with chainmail is a new idea that has gained popularity in recent years with both chainmail artists and beaders. But to actually make round links using strung seed beads is truly innovative. Combining these beaded rings with metal jump rings to make unique patterns for jewelry is creativity at the highest level! Using seed beadwork in this manner softens the texture of classic chainmail designs, adds color and movement, and opens the door to even more creative innovations. I'm always impressed when a jewelry artist-designer creates something entirely new, as Cindy has done. I'm sure that you will enjoy incorporating her style of beadwork into chainmail jewelry.” - Sharilyn Miller, author of Bead on a Wire and Contemporary Copper Jewelry
"There are projects that range in complexity from simple to complex, and I think they are all explained very well with clear diagrams. It's a fun book, the projects are innovative, and the results very pretty." - The Bead Dreamer
"Cindy Thomas Pankopf has written a delightful book showing us how to combine basic chainmaille with bead weaving. Beadmaille contains 25 fun and contemporary projects that will start you drooling. If you've never done chainmaille ... not to worry! Cindy takes you through the basics that you'll need for her projects. If you're not terrific at bead weaving ... not to worry either! There are projects for all skill levels and wonderful illustrations to show you exactly what you should be doing." - Beading Arts
"Cindy Thomas Pankopf came up with the beginnings of beadmaille while on vacation. She imagined a design using right-angle weave to make strips of woven beads. Back home she began exploring the concept of adding bead-stitching techniques to chainmail designs, and beadmaille was born. With the beautifully diagrammed instructions, you’ll soon be creating gorgeous pieces from Cindy’s book and designing your own." - Craft Gossip Jewelry Making

"Beadmaille is a stand-out book on the subject of beaded chain mail. There are other maille books that use beads as an integral part of the jewelry design, but this one uses bead weaving. The seed beads are used to connect rings, form structure, add bright color and they are just as important as the mail knitting is to the designs. The designs are innovative and different. Instead of being something just to wear to Renaissance Faires or with costumes, they are everyday wearable. They are artistic and colorful. The basic techniques the author uses to weave the beads and rings together can inspire other designs. Indeed, like traditional chain mail techniques, a lot of the stitch styles can be used to build larger, more dramatic pieces. The introduction covers both basic beading stitches and how to make the rings for chain mail. So if your strength is seed bead weaving, you can just quickly go over that section and pay more attention to how to wind and cut rings. If your strength is chain mail, you can pay more attention to how to do the bead weaves. The projects themselves are wonderful. The combination of metal and glass creates wonderful possibilities of variation by the metal type or color of beads you use. If you're a chain mail artist who wants to add seed beads to your pieces, or a seed bead artist who is fascinated by chain mail, this book is a great start to learning how to combine both techniques." - BellaOnline

Library Journal
Jewelry designer and instructor Pankopf takes her design inspiration from traditional chainmail armor techniques, although these are well hidden in the finished projects. These rather complex necklaces and bracelets are formed using lots of beads stitched with jump rings. The step-by-step instructions are detailed, and the stunning results are well worth the effort. This specialized approach to jewelry making will appeal to advanced crafters.

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Beadmaille: Jewelry with Bead Weaving & Metal Rings 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have made several of the pieces in the book. The instructions are easy to follow and nice graphics. The pieces lay beautifully. I have had some experience with chain maille. Have taken classes with Cindy at local OC locations. If you get the opportunity to do so, you will enjoy. Otherwise the book is all you need. Pam
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was full of specific instructions, visual direction and each project gave a specific list of materials and quantities needed. At the front was a useful break down of various types of materials, sizes and benefits to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some nice designs but when the author states the larger the larger the gauge measurement, the thicker the wire, I had a few concerns!  It is exactly the opposite, the larger the gauge number, the THINNER the wire.  Despite this major error, there are some nice ideas.  As to wire needs for the projects, some are provided in size of wire, some are provided in gauge size, so the jeweler would need to know how to measure the thickness of the correct wire to use. Still a nice book and would recommend with the caveat user brush up on wire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago