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Chain Mail Jewelry Order This Book
Chain Mail Jewelry
Contemporary Designs from Classic Techniques
by Terry Taylor and Dylon White
Hard cover, 8.75" x 10.25", 144 pages, copyright 2006
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Chain Mail Jewelry shows you how to make dazzling, distinctive jewelry by interlocking anodized aluminum, gold, or silver rings. Once employed to create protective garments, chain mail techniques and patterns have now been adapted for jewelry making by innovative artists. Making chain mail jewelry requires very few tools, yet you'll be able to achieve impressive results. From an inlaid Chain Mail Pendant to a Japanese Hexagonal Mail Collar, the 29 extraordinary fully illustrated, step-by-step projects presented in this book will introduce you to a variety of exciting techniques for all skill levels.

If you have two pairs of flat or chain nose pliers, you're almost ready to start. Chain Mail Jewelry gives you a handsome selection of projects that can be constructed using just pliers while you sit at your dining room table or even while you watch television. Chain Mail Jewelry is project-centric and organized into four major sections. The first section, Chain Mail Basics, covers What is Chain Mail?, Tools, Materials, Finishing Touches, and Making Chain Mail. The three project sections organize the 29 jewelry projects by skill level.

Beginning Projects presents Titanium Duet Necklace and Bracelet, Hana-Gusari Anklet, Japanese Cascade Earrings with Pearls, Double Triangle Earrings, Gold and Amethyst Parure, King's Mail Bracelet, Golden Lariat, Möbiused Rosettes Bracelet, Natasha Necklace, Inlaid Chain Mail Pendant, Spiraling Chain, and Red and Black Cuff.

Intermediate Projects presents Byzantine Parure, Crochet Mandala Pendant & Earrings, Free-Form Flat Mail, Hana-Gusari Bangle, Japanese 4-1 Chain Mail Bracelet, Lace Mail Cocktail Collar with Pearls, Flexible Chain Mail Watchband, and Japanese 6-1 Chain Mail Bracelet.

Advanced Projects presents Japanese Lace Collar, Braided Bracelet, Chandelier Earrings, Coif Cage Amethyst, Diamond Chain Mail Earrings, Double Strand Japanese Cube Necklace, Rain Earrings, Japanese Hexagonal Mail Collar, and Tasseled Snake Lariat.

Also included is a photographic artist's gallery providing further ideas and inspiration, a bibliography of contributing designers, a wire gauge chart, and index. Chain Mail Jewelry belongs in the personal library of any jewelry maker and will be especially appreciated for its beautiful projects and excellently executed step-by-step diagrams and easy to follow illustrations.


Chains by Becky Order This Book
Chains by Becky
Twenty Projects from Novice to Advanced
by Helen Goga
Spiral bound, 8.5" x 11", 69 pages, copyright 2006
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Chains by Becky is illustrated, edited and published by Helen Goga and Alan Gooding, the ample talent behind Wire Artist Jeweler magazine. This how-to book is outstanding in its genre, presenting 20 chain making projects suitable for novice to advanced chain makers with completely illustrated step-by-step instructions. Several sections provide basic chain making information regarding the modest tools required and their various applications, as well as detailing several techniques for skillfully and efficiently making your own jump rings, the cornerstone of the chain maker's art.

Lavishly illustrated step-by-step projects include: Byzantine Chain, Celtic Visions Variations, Contessa Chain, DNA Chain, Double Lace Chain, Double-Infinity Bracelet, Enigma Chain, Flat Queen's Link Chain, Flip-Flop Chain, Foxtail Bracelet, Graduated Byzantine Chain, Half-Persian 3-in-1 Chain, Jazzi-Chain Bracelet, Lacey-Chain Necklace, Little Princess Bracelet, Paradigm Bracelet, Queen's Link, Rosette Link Necklace, Scary Weave Bracelet, Serendipity Chain, and Simplicity Chain.

In addition to the how-to specific to making each of the presented projects, numerous helpful hints regarding various chain-making techniques in general fill out Chains by Becky as a must-have reference in any chain maker's personal library.


Classical Loop-in-Loop Chains Order This Book
Classical Loop-in-Loop Chains
& Their Derivatives
by Jean Stark and Josephine Smith
Hard cover, 9" x 11.25", 190 pages, copyright 1999
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Classical Loop-in-Loop Chains is the ultimate resource for jewelers interested in the fabulous chains of ancient cultures. With clear instruction and foolproof illustrations, Jean Stark teaches dozens of variations on classic chains. This book is a tribute to the beauty and variety of chainmaking technique that has been in use for over five thousand years.

Classical Loop-in-Loop Chains is organized into nine major chapters: Chapter 1 Origins and Applications of Loop-in-Loop Chains, Chapter 2 General Information, Chapter 3 Single Loop-in-Loop Chains, Chapter 4 Pinched Loop Chains, Chapter 5 Double Loop-in-Loop Chains, Chapter 6 Multidirectional Loop-in-Loop Chains, Chapter 7 Multiple Soldered Loop-in-Loop Chains, Chapter 8 Multiple Woven Loop-in-Loop Chains, and Chapter 9 Claps and Terminations.

Complete, illustrated instructions are provided for making 34 different chains: Basic Single Loop-in-Loop, Centerball Single, Foldover Link, Side-Weave Single, Single Through-Bead, Basic Pinched Loop, Roman Pinched Loop, Pinched Loop with Wrapped Beads, Pinched Loop Plus, Pinched Loop Through-Beads, Basic Double Loop-in-Loop, Double with Wrapped Beads, Side-Weave Double, Weave-Off Double, Thai, Two-Way Single Loop-in-Loop, Three-Way Single Loop-in-Loop, Four-Way Single Loop-in-Loop, Two-Way Double Loop-in-Loop, Three-Way Double Loop-in-Loop, Four-Way Double Loop-in-Loop, Tapered Two-Way Double Loop-in-Loop Bracelet, Tapered Two-Way Double Loop-in-Loop Necklace, Tapered Two-Way Double Loop-in-Loop Section, Multiple Soldered Single, Curved Multiple Soldered Single, Multiple Soldered Pinched Loop, Curved Multiple Soldered Pinched Loop, Pinched Loop with Spacers, Multiple Soldered Double, Multiple Woven Single Mesh, Curved Multiple Woven Single, Multiple Woven Double, and Curved Multiple Woven Double.

Illustrated how-to is presented for fabricating various clasps and terminations including: Single-Wire Hook-and-Eye, Wrapped Single-Wire Hook-and-Eye, Multiple Hook-and-Eye for the Pinched Loop with Spacers, Toggle Clasp, "S" Hook, Bead Terminations, Hook-and-Eye for Side-Weave Single and Side-Weave Double, Tubular Termination, Flat Termination and Tapered Termination.

An Appendix covers Recommended Dowel Diameters and Wire Gauges for Basic Chain Types, Dowel Diameter Relationships, Troy Weights, Alloying 22k Gold for Fused Loop Chains, Drawing Wire, Working in Gold, Melting Points of Silver and Silver Solders, Melting Points of Gold and Gold Solders, Equipment, Tools and Supplies Some Sources of Equipment, Tools and Materials.

Classical Loop-in-Loop Chains is a comprehensive how-to reference that belongs in the personal library of any jewelry maker with an interest in chains and chainmaking.


Creative Silver Chains Order This Book
Creative Silver Chains
20 Dazzling Designs
by Chantal Lise Saunders
Soft cover, 8.5" x 10", 110 pages, copyright 2009
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Handmade silver chains are actually miniature kinetic sculptures, created by joining together a series of links. Now you can learn how to make exquisite chains, as well as coordinating earrings, that will become the backbone of any jewelry collection. Complete with 20 sophisticated projects and a thorough introduction to basic chain making and silver working techniques, Creative Silver Chains will show you how to create striking jewelry that will never be seen anywhere else.

Contents include: Artful Chain Making, Materials, Studio Essentials, Technique, Design, and the Projects. Presented is detailed how-to for 20 project necklace and earring sets including the Circle Necklace and Earrings, Amoeba Necklace and Earrings, Geometric Necklace and Earrings, Spine Necklace and Earrings, Wiggle Necklace and Earrings, Bar Necklace and Earrings, Scallop Necklace and Earrings, Spiral Necklace and Earrings, Teardrop Necklace and Earrings, Tadpole Necklace and Earrings, Demi-Circle Necklace and Earrings, Baseball Necklace and Earrings, Oval Stack Necklace and Earrings, Joined Snakes Necklace and Earrings, Square Cross Necklace and Earrings, Paddle Necklace and Earrings, Square Scale Necklace and Earrings, Butterfly Necklace and Earrings, Layered Circles Necklace and Earrings, and the Bubble Necklace and Earrings. Appendices include a key to wire gauges and glossary.

If you are looking for chain and earring making ideas and how-to, you will appreciate Creative Silver Chains.


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