Lapis Chain Maille

Project Description

Who is this project for? Women What advice would you give someone starting this project? Prepare to spend a lot of time on this piece. I used argentium wire so that i would not have to worry so much about tarnishing.

What you will need

  • Argentium Silver and Lapis Beads

Q&A with Vlkiker

beadfiend asked:
Georgeous. I have been wanting to get into the chain maille. I've only done a couple of pairs of earring. This inspires me to take it further.
Vlkiker answered:
It is a lot of fun and makes for some beautiful pieces.
Stormy asked:
where is the pattern??
Vlkiker answered:
As this pattern is copyrighted by Scott Plumlee in his book, I cannot provide the pattern for this design. If you would like to get his book, it is titled Handcrafted Chain and Bead Jewelry.
jenonymous asked:
Utterly gorgeous! Do you make your own jump rings?
Vlkiker answered:
Yes, I did make my own jump rings. They are 4.5 mm rings out of 18 gauge argentium silver.
shellyscorner asked:
Hi, I saw in your comment below that you mad the jump ringz using 18g wire and that they were 4.5mm. So, I was wondering...was the 4.5mm the inner diameter (id) or the outer diameter (od). For those not real familiar with chain maille, patterns will usually distinguish between inner and outer, and will sometimes give both along with the gauge of wire they're using. Reason being is, you may want the size ring with a specific outer diamter but the inner diameter changes based on the guage of the wire you're using and is important because that determines things like how many other jump rings you can fit through one jump ring without distorting it. That's about the extent of what I know about chain maille, as I haven't been able to afford the cost of good wire. And if I'm going to go to all the trouble and time to make ANYTHING, but ESPECIALLY chain maille, I want to make sure that it's going to be something I can wear! I'm pretty sensitive to just base metal wire/chain... :-) Thank you for your time!!! Oh! By the way, I failed to mention that your piece is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I was actually wondering if it was for sale?
Vlkiker answered:
The diameter listed is the inside diameter of the jump ring. Unfortunately, I sold this piece two weeks ago at my last show.