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)
And the Oscar goes to……oh, wait, wrong show…….
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.
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.
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.
February is in the history books, and with it we get just a little bit closer to summer. More to our point, the February Gauntlet is now open for voting. Again, we had some great entries, so go have a look and vote for your favorite. Remember, voting is open for 1 week.
We will be announcing the challenge for March very soon, so stay tuned.
And Remember, It’s in the Maille!
We have another neat little design for you, this time courtesy of Leayn at Anthelion Jewelry ( Facebook , Website ) She is calling this the Starburst necklace.
130—18g 5/32″ ID steel rings (or as shown 58 steel, 72 bronze—8 of the steel are connector rings to link chain to byzantine segments)
10—18g 1/4″ ID steel rings
4—Stainless steel tube beads 11mm
4 sections of Style 1 steel chain—3″ each
4 sections of Style 1 steel chain—7″ each (adjust to preferred total length, this makes about a 22-23″ necklace)
1 stainless steel 12 mm lobster clasp
Voting is now over and we have a TIE!!!
We had some wonderful entries, here is a look at them again. (all thumbnails will open a larger picture)
We had a really good turn out of votes as well, and we still managed a tie. Without further ado, here are your winners
Karen Snyder from Karen Snyder’s O. Sebastian
Jennifer Parrish from WXdruid chainmail
Congratulations to our winners, your C&T account now has a $25 credit, and a big thank you to all our entries. The February Gauntlet has been announced, so get your entries in!
Now that voting is under way for the January Gauntlet, it’s time to announce the theme for February.
Tiny. That’s right, small. Show us your best 20 gauge creations.
Round, square, or a combination.
Byzantine, European, Persian, or some strange hybrid. We don’t care as long as it’s small.
A complete set of rules can be found here.
We promised you we would do these pretty regularly, so here is our next installment of “On the Edge designs”
This is a weave that’s been around a while, with a few different names, but Lauren gives it a little twist with our “stardust” beads.
These earrings use:
1 pr earwires
12m 3mm stardust beads
12, 20g 3/16″ Jump rings
20, 20g 3/32″ jump rings
For this project, we have made kits in Rose gold fill, Yellow gold fill and Silver fill
If you prefer, you can even use plain beads in the above metals, and we even have beads in copper if that’s your thing.
Want to have some fun?
Want to test your abilities?
Want to be challenged?
Well, here it is.
Introducing The Gauntlet: Monthly Maille Throwdown.
Every month is a new contest, with a new theme. A featured artist versus everybody else. Last one standing gets a $25 store credit to C&T Designs, bragging rights, and will be the featured artist the next month.
A complete list of rules can be found here
First months challenge?
Byzantine. Anything and everything byzantine. Byzantine variants, byzantine with beads, byzantine with other weaves.
Need some examples?
Since this is new and we don’t have a winner for last month, hence no featured artist, we have picked one. Lauren of Edge Metal Elegance. We will tell you a little bit more about Lauren in a post tomorrow.
We have received lots of requests to be able to make a square dragonscale with both rings the same gauge, and other than 20g. So with that we have made 18-M rings. Copper and stainless steel are already up in the store. Bronze and red brass will follow shortly.
We have also made a new size…..”N” Also up in the store in copper and stainless 18 gauge, with others to follow. This is the large ring we used to make the Viper basket below. (with a 18-G small ring)