I had the pleasure of taking a chainmaille workshop this year at Bead Fest Philly. I selected the Daisy Medallion Chainmaille class hosted by Michelle Brennan of HyperLynks.
|Photo by HyperLynks|
Can you blame me for choosing such a colorful and fun looking project?
|Michelle with Medallion Eyes|
I should start off and say that Michelle was a fantastic teacher. She was patient, witty and funny. These qualities are especially important with someone like myself in a class as I’m horribly impatient and have quite the sarcastic streak (I’m from Jersey, what do you expect?).
Michelle came UBER prepared! She provided everything we needed for the project including Xuron pliers, beading mat and all the rings (in a huge variety of color options). I should note, I loved the pliers so much that I bought some after class was over.
|Diana & Sue|
Oh and I managed to convince fellow contributor Sue Kennedy to take the workshop with me. That made it extra fun…especially at 8:30 in the morning!
This was my first time working with rubber rings in a chainmaille project. The first step was frustrating. Many bad words escaped my mouth for about 15 minutes as I attempted to get the attachment above to work. Thank goodness we had a class & teacher with a good sense of humor!
|Six Finished Pieces|
The first three gave me angst but the final three weren’t so bad once I got the hang of it.
|Adding Sections to the Large Ring|
After we completed those little pieces, we had to start adding them to the large washer. Michelle demonstrated this for us first. She also included a print-out of VERY detailed instructions for us. HyperLynks has some of the best instructions I’ve ever seen, in their kits.
You can see some of the project starting to come together now. I got further than this but was so in the zone that I forgot to take more photos. I haven’t actually finished the pendant yet but it’s on my to-do list.
|Mark & the Walls of Goodies at HyperLynks booth|