Fabulous Chain Mail Jewelry: Creating with components

Fabulous Chain Mail Jewelry: Creating with components

by Marilyn Gardiner


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Most chain mail project books focus on long chains of traditional chain mail weaves. In Fabulous Chain Mail Jewelry: Creating with Components, noted designer and teacher Marilyn Gardiner offers a fresh, component-based approach to chain mail jewelry.

Gardiner teaches readers to create short segments of chain — components — and then combine these units with bead links and metal connectors. Readers will also learn to build custom shapes, bails, beads, pendants, and tassels to incorporate into their creations.

The 25+ projects in Gardiner's newest book use sterling silver, copper, and some colored rings, all in her signature “office jewelry" style — jewelry women will feel comfortable wearing in any setting. Gardiner also offers design variations for some projects, allowing readers the freedom to make each piece their own.

The projects include familiar weaves, but the emphasis is on the beautiful jewelry readers can create with short segments of chain mail rather than long chains. The book includes clear, easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of photos that will appeal to beginning jewelry makers. Readers with intermediate or advanced chain mail skills will enjoy using their skills in a new, innovative way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627004480
Publisher: Kalmbach Publishing Company, Books Division
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 744,176
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Marilyn Gardiner is a well-known beadwork and chain mail designer and instructor. She has taught at bead shows, including the Bead&Button Show, and in 2007 was named Folk Artists in Residence – Beadwork at the Joseph Schneider House National Historic Site in Kitchener, Ontario. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

Table of Contents


About me


Materials: Jump Rings and Aspect Ratio

Techniques: Making Loops

The Projects

1. Components Link Metal Connectors

Butterfly Wings Neck Chain

Lusty Links Neck Chain

Smoky Bronze Links

Chrysanthemum Links

2. Components Link Beads

Love Knot Sparkle Necklace

Ode To Bisbee Necklace

Parallel Purple Necklace

Sweet Crysacolla Necklace

3. Components Build Dangles

Viper Basket Earrings

Mobius Drop Earrings

Parallel Zipper Pull

Orchid Zipper Pull

Byzantine Windows Necklace

4. Components Build Bails and Beads

Celtic Wings Necklace

Beez Beads Necklace

Oriental Beads Necklace

Trizantine Necklace: with Flat Mesh Bail

5. Components Build Pendants and Tassels

Byzantine Star Pendant

Byzantine Circle Pendant

Princess Tassel

Tassel and Pearls Necklace

6. Components Build Shapes

Oriental Drama in Black

Beau’s Bead Necklace

Yin Yang Necklace

Nightscape Necklace

7. Components Showcase Jewelry Artists

Persian Drape Necklace

Beneath the Sea Necklace

Art Deco Necklace

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