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