Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Ringlord...

In my last post I alluded to some things I'd been doing over the summer that I have not yet shared.  Before I share this little project there's a back story that goes with it...

Two years ago, while making the Death By Chocolate cookie book, I found myself in need of a LOT of jump rings.  I needed to build paper Death ornaments and was using jump rings to connect the bones of his skeleton together.  (I know, what the hell (pun intended) was I thinking, right?) 

In my search, I found myself on The Ringlord's website.  Yes, that's what he calls himself.  You too can go there, www.theringlord.com , will take you right to his online shop.  His craft is making chain maille.  Yes, you read that right.  All you 'King Richard's Fair' knights of the round table wanna-Be's, take note.  He sells everything you need to make ANYTHING you want out of tiny metal jump rings, any color, any metal, any size.  It's jump ring Nirvana.  I swear.

I have, to this day, no idea what came over me.  I bought what I needed, to be sure, and then oh-so- very-much more.  It's a sickness.  I fully admit it.  I definitely need a support group.  When the box arrived I was aghast at what I had ordered.  I didn't stop at jump rings, oh no.  Not only did I buy a bag of every color ring, I added the matching color in SCALES too.  Why not, right?  Kill me. 

OK - fast forward to a couple weeks ago when the Oriental Trading catalog showed up showcasing all the fun Halloween lamp work beads.  Add to that the boredom of working 3rd shift and we have a perfect storm. 

The good thing in all of this is I finally cracked my box from The Ring Lord, added in the stuff I got from Oriental, broke all my nails and scratched quite a few links before I got the hang of it, but....



TA DA!  The Halloween Charm bracelet is born.  The chain maille weave I used to build the chain is called a Full Persian.  It made the chunky chain I was looking for to support all these beads.  I've got Franken-finger beads, bats, eyeballs, candy corn, mummys, crystals, and a host of seed beads and rounds that I've had in the arsenal for a long, long time.  The small jump rings that attach the charms are all lime green.  The chain is made from a mixture of purple and black rings. 

It's hard to take a picture one handed.  I tried to get a shot or two of the weave.  I added in some silicone rings for stretch at the back of the bracelet.  I'm not sure I like them.  I may take them out and add a clasp.  But for now...what do you think?  Would you wear it?  I know I will...but that's me! 





And, before you ask, yes, there will also be a Chistmas version in the making. Can't wait to see the lamp work beads they have for Christmas! And, let's not forget all those scales...still have not found a use for those things.

Somebody help me. Please? :)

Happy crafting! - AMK

5 comments:

Andrea said...

Only you, Anne, only you. Love you anyway! :)

Mike DeQuardo said...

How much does that thing eat each day.?

Anne King said...

Careful now...you never know what can show up in the mailbox...

Anonymous said...

I believe we have previewed the pandora replacement! Lynn XOOX

Anne King said...

Lol...I could never charge that much.