I’ve shared these pictures before, or some of them, at least, on social media but I’m going to go more in depth here. This is where I show you some of my art in more detail. Today, it’s the first chain maille bracelet I made, back in January. It’s called the Della, after the client I made it for.
This is a really simple chain, what we call 2 in 2, because it’s two rings which are each connected to another two rings. Very basic, quick to make, but resulting in a nice solid chain. This rings are very small, 4mm across, so the chain is slim but strong.
Della has a thing for skulls and angels. I scoured the land (of Hobbycraft) for angel pendants and couldn’t find any I liked, so plumped for fairies instead, on the basis that they had wings and were pretty. Luckily it turned out well – Della loved it and the antique brass look of the fairies worked well with the antiqued copper rings. The skulls are dyed turquoise – astonishingly something like 90% of all the turquoise produced in the world is dyed. You can get it in all sorts of colours. I ended up with the right colour for Della entirely by accident – she loves this shade of blue.
I found this toggle clasp and just had to have it. You’ll be shocked to discover it has proved very popular among my clients – I’ve been able to find them in silver plate, as well as copper plate – makes for a nice variety in options.
This is actually the simplest chain I’ve ever made but the effect turned out beautifully. Chain maille is often gorgeous in its own right. This weave allows the attached charms to really stand out, as well as giving the toggle clasp a chance to shine (pun not intended).
I make these shinies to order. You can see more of my designs on Etsy. I love making chain maille and would do it anyway, but it’s an added thing of wonder to get paid for it. Since I make them to each client’s specification (length, charms, colour, materials), every one is slightly different – a chain like the Della would cost you £25. If you want to talk about a present for yourself or a loved one, just drop me a line at mhairi (at) mhairisimpson (dot) com. I look forward to hearing from you!