Explorations in Chainmaille: Scalemaille

September 15, 2014 , In: General, Inspiration, Jewelry, Metalsmithing, Studio

Back at Bead Fest, I purchased a few chainmaille kits from HyperLynks.  There are so many weaves I want to learn and kits are the best way to do this.  HyperLynks carries a wide variety of kits and they all come with instructions, quality rings and findings.  You just need to supply the pliers.

They had a kit for a scalemaille bracelet and earrings (in an assortment of colors) and I knew I had to give it a whirl!  
The instructions were very clear and I was off and running in no time.  Now keep in mind, this is also rated as a beginner kit and once I got the hang of the pattern I whipped this piece up in an evening.  
I went a little crazy and didn’t realize just how long I was making the bracelet.  Once I stopped, I noticed it was far too long for my tiny wrists.
I removed a section and finished the bracelet off with a lobster claw clasp.
The kit actually came with instructions for a more dangly pair of earrings but I decided to make earrings with the sections I removed from the bracelet.  
I highly recommend the kits from HyperLynks.  Next up, I’ll be learning Helm’s Weave.  Stay tuned for a blog post on that in the near future!
Happy Beading!
Diana P.

Diana Ptaszynski

Powered by the magic of all things containing sugar, Diana spends her day making beads out of porcelain and stoneware.  She also enjoys needle-felting, bead embroidery and metalsmithing. A Jersey girl at heart, Diana now resides in Rochester, NY with her husband and three cat children.  You can find Diana in her studio at Made On State, spreading the bead love at Let's Bead in East Rochester or all dressed up at a cosplay event! 
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    I love scales and these are so cool!! So much fun!!

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    Earrings are very cute!

    • LoriF
    • September 15, 2014

    Hyperlynks has been my source for learning many of the weaves as well; byzantine was my first adventure, and I am, a year or so later, well and truly hooked. I've had the opportunity to take a few classes from Michelle @Hyperlynks as well, and she's a great teacher in person also.

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    Great color! And I've always been fascinated by scales! I may have to give this a try! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    I was wondering how that was done when I first saw it. I think that it would look awesome in black & gold. Or teal & copper. Or…

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    You have been inspiring me with your explorations!

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