Creative Chain Mail Jewelry
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Creative Chain Mail Jewelry
Gifted by Kalmbach Books
Reviewed by Jaclyn Holtzman
Start thinking creatively as you enter the modern world of chain mail jewelry. No longer are chains taken at face value, especially not in Kalmbach Books' Creative Chain Mail Jewelry. The contributors of this innovative book think outside of the box in creating patterns that will wow you and turn chains into unrecognizable components of a stunning piece of jewelry.
If you have never worked with chains before you'll be amazed at what they can be transformed into, and if you have worked with chains you still may be amazed at the capacity in which they are used in this book. Add crystals to the chains to create an elegant bracelet that overcomes the sharp inherent nature associated with the metal loops.
Creative Chain Mail Jewelry begins with a wonderful introduction into the world of chains presenting the different materials and tools that are players in this transformative game. The pros and cons of each of the ring metals are explored, allowing you to make a completely informed decision when choosing your material. Whether you're just beginning your journey with chain mail jewelry or you are on the road to expertise, this book thrashes out the details leaving no question unanswered. Once all of the basics are covered, the jewelry box opens and the mesmerizing pieces are unleashed.
Incorporate color into your jewelry with bright chain pieces, my favorite of which are the circular chain mail earrings. These earrings are too much fun to pass up as they play with texture and a bit of optical illusion. Getting the desired result will not take long with the help of step-by-step, clear instructions. Another fascinating design in Creative Chain Mail Jewelry is the Egyptian mystery offering a gathering of coiled metal resembling a dynamic piece from way back when.
The last few patterns highlight the more advanced techniques that can be applied to chain mail jewelry requiring soldering. If you're on your way to being a chain mail master, embark on the soldering journey to then show off your homemade Hercules knot.
This wonderful book of patterns has a piece for everyone as it explores the more creative forms that chain mail jewelry is willing to take. Open the front page and get pulled into the fantastic twists and turns these metal rings endure to emerge as a beautiful necklace, bracelet, ring, or pendant that you will adore.
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