Category: Designs


Illusion

Here is another free project for you, this one from Paula over at Flutter by kisses.  Yup, the same great mind that brought us the sunburst, now brings you Illusion.  If you have been looking for a use for the new 12g 1″ niobium rings we have, here it is.

illusion  Paula gave us permission to post ring sizes, and even did a quick write up on assembly:

working from the middle out:
1 – 18swg 7/32″ Nb ring
1 – 16awg 5/8″ Silver Fill ring
1 – 12swg 1″ Nb ring

joining rings:
attach the 7/32 ring and the 5/8 ring together with 2 – 18awg 1/4″ rings

attach the 5/8 & 1″ rings with 3 – 18awg 9/32″ rings

put 2 18awg 7/32″ rings on the outside of your two outside 9/32″ rings but only around the 1″ ring .. attach the 2 – 7/32 rings together with an 18awg 1/8 ring .. add one or two more rings of your choosing to the 1/8 ring for a bail, and voila .. Illusion done

On the Edge Designs

We have another design for you from Lauren at Edge Metal Designs.  The Sunburst pattern has been very popular of late, and we have had lots of requests for a smaller version of the pendant, and we came up with these earrings.  Lauren has come up with this version, and is calling it the glassburst.

Materials needed:

12 o beads
1 -20g 5/32 (center)
1- 18g 5/16 (outer)

14 -20g 1/8 rings
1- 20 g 3/32
Earwire
Double that and its a pair of earrings

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Will all the different O-bead colors we have, there are tons of combinations you can do.

Sunburst

If you haven’t seen this yet, you are missing out.  Paula over at Flutterby Kisses  has come up with a new design that makes a wonderful pendant.  She is calling it “Sunburst”, and we think it looks pretty stellar.
sunburstShe has tutorials available in her etsy shop,  and even has some kits available.

(all rings are also available from us, and are listed in her tutorial.)

 

 

 

Serenity

Our friend Shauna over at Dancing Leaf Studios gave us our next design to share with you.  It’s a play on Concentric circles, with a twist.

serenityAAearringsMaterials list are as follows (base metals, shown in AA and BA)
2 X-Large rings = 16g 5/8
2 Large rings = 16g 1/2
2 Medium rings = 16g 1/4
2 Small rings = 18g 3/16
14 X-Small rings = 18g 5/32
2 Micro rings = 18g 1/8
2 Earwires

 

These can easily be turned into Silver and niobium.  (Earring kits available here)
serenity_earring2 X-Large rings = 14g 5/8
2 Large rings = 14g 1/2
2 Medium rings = 14g 1/4
2 Small rings = 16g 3/16
14 X-Small rings = 18g 5/32
2 Micro rings = 18g 1/8
2 Earwires

 

With a slight size adjustment, it also makes a nice pendant.  (pendant kit available here)
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1 X-Large rings = 12g 5/8
1 Large rings = 14g 1/2
1 Medium rings = 14g 5/8
1 Small rings = 16g 3/16
14 X-Small rings = 18g 5/32

 

 

You can do a base metal pendant in the following sizes:
1 X-Large ring =14g 3/4
1 Large ring = 16g 5/8
1 Medium ring = 16g 3/8
1 Small ring = 18g 3/16
13 X-Small rings 18g 5/32

We decided to go a bit smaller for earrings and came up with a spin off design that uses our O-beads
serenityobead
2 large rings= 18g 3/8″
2 medium rings=18g 1/4″
2 small rings=18g 9/64″
2 x-small rings=18g 1/8″
18 o-beads

We hope you have fun with these ideas, and remember, It’s in the Maille!

 

O-Beads

Have you seen our Czech glass O-beads?  They measure 3.8 x 1mm, with a 1.3mm hole, and come in a variety of colors. (we have even more on the way)  There is a LOT you can do with these, but we though we would give you a couple quick ideas.

 

obead First is a spiral shaggy loop earring using 20g 1/8″ BA rings and Lava red and white o-beads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

obeadNext up is a project given to us by Shauna over at Dancing Leaf Studios.

This project uses:

18g 1/4″ BA
19g 1/8″ BA
O-beads in   Lilac Vega luster, Emerald Celsian and Topaz
12mm SP lobster claw clasp

April Gauntlet challenge

Time to announce the Gauntlet challenge for April.  We’ve already done tiny, so this month we are going large.  We define large as 16g or 14g 1/4″ and larger.  Give us your best shot and send us your entries.

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March Gauntlet voting

Sorry for the delay, but with all the April 1 shenanigans going on yesterday we wanted to wait to post this for you.
The Gauntlet for March is now closed and voting is open here.  Go have a look and vote for your favorite!
Voting is open for 1 week, and we will announce the April Gauntlet challenge shortly.

On the Edge Designs

In our newest “On the Edge Designs” we give you a simple design that can be made several different ways with just a few minor adjustments.

First the original, Stainless steel orbital tube bead 2-2 chain

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19mm SS clasp

SS Tube Beads 

16g SS 5/16 jump ring (for clasp)

18g SS 3/16 jump rings (1 extra to attach clasp)

16g SS ½ jump rings

 

Basic construction- open one large ring, scoop two small, close all three, weave a second large ring through the two small rings and close.  Thread the two small rings through the center of a rondelle bead.  Open a large ring and weave through the two small rings without going through the rondelle.  Add two small rings to the large ring and close.  Weave a second large ring through the same path.  Continue on until chain is desired length.

 

For a little twist, literally, increase the 18g 3/16″ rings to 18g 13/64″, and you can mobius the large rings.
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And if you want a smaller version, we have that covered too.

stainless-rondell-bracelet stainless-rondell-bracelet212mm SS Lobster Clasp

SS Rondelle Beads

1 20g 3/32 SS ring (to attach clasp)

20g ⅛  SS jump rings

18g 3/16 SS jump rings (1 extra for clasp)

 

Basic construction- open one large ring, scoop two small, close all three, weave a second large ring through the two small rings and close.  Thread the two small rings through the center of a rondelle bead.  Open a large ring and weave through the two small rings without going through the rondelle.  Add two small rings to the large ring and close.  Weave a second large ring through the same path.  Continue on until chain is desired length.

February Gauntlet results

The moment you have all been waiting for………….

Once again we had a bunch of wonderful entries.  Lets have a look at all of them again. (all thumbnails will open a larger picture)

 

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And the Oscar goes to……oh, wait, wrong show…….

 

chevronel_contest-sized  This stunning piece belongs to Shauna Simmons Taylor of Dancing Leaf Studios.  For those that are just coming into this, keep in mind this months challenge was tiny.  This bracelet is make up entirely of 20g square rings.  A whole lot of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to everybody for your entries, and remember the March challenge waiting for you.

Now where’s that pizza guy, I’m hungry.

 

On the Edge Designs

At last, we bring you another installment of On the Edge Designs, and we think it’s worth the wait.

Lauren has come up with a multifunctional chain that we think is pretty cool.  Dubbed the Metamorphosis Chain, it can be worn as a belt or a lariat type necklace.

 

metamorphosys metamorphosys2  The available tutorial is 8 pages with step by step instructions, illustrations, and materials list complete with 2 sets of ring size suggestions so you can make it just the way you would like.