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Linked: Innovative Chain Mail Jewelry Designs
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Chain mail jump rings are widely available in more sizes and materials than ever before, exploding the popularity of this jewelry-making technique! Now, in one single volume, jewelry makers can create 22 of the best projects from six leading chain mail designers whose work has been featured in the pages of leading jewelry magazines and books. Each adds their modern twist to ancient weaves with a spotlight collection that highlights their own unique approach to chain mail projects and patterns.

• Designers include: John Fetvedt, Diane Miller, Anne Mitchell, Laura Poplin, Sue Ripsch, and Vanessa Walilko.

• 22 creative projects for earrings, bracelets, and necklaces feature sterling silver and colored aluminum jump rings

• Perfect for both avid chain mail makers and those looking to dive in to the hobby
88 pages • 250 color photos
Price: $19.99
Product Number: 67845
ISBN: 9781627000895
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Chain mail jewelry making is like kumihimo, knitting, crochet and other such craft where the repetitive motion calms and soothes. But chain mail has other things extra to offer - a mathematical challenge when calculating ring sizes and a chance to construct what looks like a complicated puzzle to non-practitioners!

The new book I just received, Linked: Innovative Chain Mail Jewelry Designs, explores some new ways to utilize chain mail in jewelry designs but still includes some easy and basic projects among the 22 for those just beginning in this craft.

Six different artisans contributed to this book, each bringing their own take on some popular and traditional weaves. Together they cover ideas such as combining different weaves in a single design, using colored rings, twisted wire rings and mixing chain mail with metal and leather work.

The step by step directions and photographs are as clear as they can be short of a video. John Fetvedt also provided a good side article which demystifies the optional fusing or soldering of jump rings made from different metals. Permanently closing the ring gives the piece a more finished look.

The Basics and More chapter at the end also includes helpful instructions on how to make your own rings. The use of a wooden dowel to help guide a jewelry saw as it cuts through a metal coil is indeed a helpful tip. Anne Mitchell covers how to control the fit of chain mail weaves by using simple math to calculate the aspect ratio (AR). There are also charts which show how AR affects the look of Byzantine and Full Persian weaves.

One of my favorite designs from the book is the Art Deco necklace by Vanessa Walilko. She uses Swarovski rings and triangles to great effect!

Linked is an eclectic collection of chain mail designs which as a book, is not as cohesive as other chain mail books from a presentation point of view. That's to be expected with 6 different artisans and a range of photographic styles, some more successful than others. To be fair, chain mail jewelry is difficult to photograph! However, the book does offer some fresh ideas and chain mail enthusiasts would likely want to add this to their collection.

-Pearl Blay, The Beading Gem's Journal



Linked: Innovative Chain Mail Jewelry Designs is an extraordinary guide to crafting jewelry art that draws inspiration from ancient chain mail. Six expert artists contribute their different approaches to creating chain mail decorations, including patterns for necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants. Full-color photography illustrates the explicit and meticulous instructions, in this "hands-on" resource of 22 projects perfect for prospective jewelry makers of all skill and experience levels!

-The Midwest Book Review



Chain mail allows creative expression and results in fine, handmade jewelry. – Sue Ripsch

Centuries ago, chain mail (or maille) armor was created by the Celtic people for solely practical purposes. Tightly linked metal rings provided unprecedented protection on the battlefield – a distinct advantage to those who wore it.

Linked is a project-rich book for anyone who has an interest in modern chain mail as jewelry. With a variety of necklace, bracelet, and earring projects, jewelry makers can incorporate sterling silver, base metal, and colored aluminum jump rings, with crystals, gemstones, and leather. With 22 projects featuring the work of six leading designers, this book gets readers 'linked in' to chain mail jewelry.

Author Karin Van Voorhees is the author of The Absolute Beginners Guide: Stringing Beaded Jewelry and Mostly Metals: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry Design. A longtime jewelry designer and former associate editor for BeadStyle magazine, Van Voorhees now works as a senior editor for Kalmbach Books.

In Linked, modern jewelry artists interpret ancient chain mail weaves in new ways, bringing individual perspective and creative flair to traditional styles. The book includes:

•Instruction from six artists provides varied approaches to learning how to make chain mail.

•Patterns for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and pendants.

•Materials include gleaming sterling silver, colorful niobium rings, and aged copper accented with gemstones, crystal, leather, and metal.

•Easy-to-understand directions paired with clear how-to photography.

According to Van Voorhees, chain mail weaves evolved from three distinct cultures: Japanese, known for using small rings in flat patterns such as the 12-in-2 or the Chrysanthemum; European, most commonly recognized for the 4-in-1 pattern and its variations; and Persian, distinguished by more decorative ornamentation.

Contemporary chain mail artists not only reproduce ancient weaves, but they also combine and blend patterns and materials into unique, modern jewelry art. Six such artists are featured in Linked: Sue Ripsch, Diane Miller, Anne Mitchell, John Fetvedt, Vanessa Walilko, and Laura Poplin. Each designer opens, links, and closes jump rings with the same motions, but the resulting jewelry couldn't be more different. Whether it's gleaming sterling silver chain that flows along the wrist, bold and colorful combinations of anodized niobium links, or patterned chain blended with organic leather or sparkling crystal, readers find projects in this collection that challenge their creativity and boost their understanding of this art.

Readers may want to review the Basics section. Included is a thorough explanation of tools used in chain mail, an overview of different metals and how they fare in jump ring and chain mail construction, and comprehensive directions for making their own jump rings. Additionally, basic instructions for soldering, finishing, and jewelry-making techniques are included. Finally, experts Walilko and Mitchell provide commentary on chain mail standards and practices, and on using aspect ratio to control the fit of a piece.

Designers and their projects include:

•Sue Ripsch: 3-in-3 with a Twist chain, Celtic Line bracelet & earrings, Crazy Eight set, Monty Python bracelet.

•Diane Miller: Celtic Visions pendant, Vortex pendant & earrings, Queen's Link bracelet, GSG Chain Mail bracelet.

•Anne Mitchell: Double-Cross Link bracelet, Chain Mail Overlay bracelet, Beyond Chain necklace & bracelet, Ancient Links necklace.

•John Fetvedt: Half-Byzantine hoop earrings, Mixed-Metal Double-Barrel bracelet, Double-Cross Chain set, Graceful Chain earrings.

•Vanessa Walilko: Art Deco necklace, Reversible Chain Reaction bracelet.

•Laura Poplin: Akemi earrings, Lille bracelet, Joie de Vivre pendant, Clichy pendant & earrings.

Whether readers are already chain mail makers or just hoping to dive into the hobby, they can find the perfect project in this new collection, Linked. Included are stunning projects suited to beginners and avid chain mail makers alike.

-SirReadaLot.org, Savannah Jones
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