If you have been around us any length of time, you know that we have a sale in November. (And if you didn’t, consider this your notice)  You also may or may not know we have been known to pull some shenanigans around said sale.  We are happy to say this year won’t be any different.
What can you expect?  Oh boy, we have a lot planned for you.  While we don’t want to give away all the fun just yet, we will tell you that a certain all niobium Maillstrom pendant is VERY likely to make a return, and there is a pretty good chance there will be a matching earring kit.

Ring stats

We still get a lot of people asking how many rings are in an ounce, what is this size in metric, and a list of other questions.  While we don’t mind answering these questions, we have tried to make it as easy for you as we can.  On any given ring listing, if you look at the the description (you may have to scroll depending on your monitor resolution) you will find most, if not all, the information you are looking for.

This information may be displayed a little differently on some listings, like Silver,  but the same basic information should still be there.

Holiday Closing

It’s that time of the year again.  Time to count all those little rings and findings, and  beads and……..

Our physical store will be  closed Dec 24th through Jan 4th.  You may still order online, but there will be VERY LIMITED shipping during this time as well.

Not only do we do inventory, but this is a time for all our staff to spend a little time with their families before before coming back here and getting you all the awesome you order.


From the entire staff here, we thank you for allowing us to do what we love, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday, no matter how you celebrate it.

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


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.

January Gauntlet results

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)
2471AB_alt2 bwpq Byzantine Bracelet gb lm msgb randolphgauntletentryjan1 randolphgauntletentryjan2 romanov Swarovski Square Byzantine Bracelet

























We had a really good turn out of votes as well, and we still managed a tie.  Without further ado, here are your winners


Byzy Barrels bracelet4

Karen Snyder from Karen Snyder’s O. Sebastian






Autumn Necklace 29 Jan 2014


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!







This year we are planning lots of things for you, some we have already announced.  We have already added a bunch of new products with more on the way.  We also have a few changes in the works.  Some of them “Behind the scenes”, some you may not even know we did.

Did you know we had a wholesale program?  Well, we do.  And we just made some big changes to to it to try and make it easier for everybody.

We have put the major details in a little blurb here, so you can see it anytime, and we can update it as needed.

And remember, It’s in the Maille!

Edge Metal Elegance

In our announcement yesterday for The Gauntlet, we promised to tell you a little more about Lauren from Edge Metal Elegance.
Lauren has been a customer of ours for many years, and we think she does some awesome work.  That’s partly why we chose her to be the featured artist in the first Gauntlet.

But wait, there’s more……….

Even though she is the first to be featured, she will not be eligible to win.  <gasp>

ambassadorWe are happy to announce we have formed a working relationship with her, and we now consider her part of Team Awesome. Look, we even gave her, her very own parking spot.





So, what is it she will be doing you ask?  Good question.  Because we think she does some awesome work, and has some great ideas, she will be passing some of those design ideas on to you.
In a new feature here on our blog, every couple of weeks we will post a new design idea for you to have fun with.  Sometimes we will just give you picture and a supply list and let you have at it.  Sometimes we will make kits available, and sometimes, for the more advanced designs, we will also make new tutorials.  We will call this new feature “On the Edge Designs”


So without further ado, here is her first design idea for you.
7chaintaperThese are a 7 chain taper earring.
Supply list:
1 pr earwires
2 16g 7/16″ stainless steel jump rings
14 20g 1/8″ stainless steel jump ring
14 sections style 3 stainless steel curb chain (total of 12.35 inches) cut as follows:
2 x seven link sections
4 x Six link sections
4 x 5 link sections
4 x 4 link sections.

Starter kits

Sometimes we are sneaky and add a product to our store before we are done with the whole product line.  There are many reason we do it, but bottom line is we do.

Sometimes our customers are even sneakier and find those products before we announce them.

This happened last night.  In a big way.  Last week we started playing with the idea of a chainmaille starter kit.  An all in one, comprehensive package of rings, findings, and tutorials to get a person started.  The first one we made up was in aluminum.

Starter kit, bright aluminum. 

Last night  a LOT of you found it.  The first person ordered it, then we received many notifications for people that wanted to know when it was back in stock, so we wanted to address some questions that we are sure you have.

First, we will get the aluminum kits made back up as soon as we can.  Unfortunately one of the dot boxes we used in it is currently out of stock.  Even our supplier is out.  So we have to wait for them.

Second, yes, we do plan on doing other metals, and we believe we can do those without the same box we are out of.  The other metals don’t fill the same volume as the BA, so the box doesn’t have to be quite as big.  We hope to be able to start putting these up by the end of the week.

Pliers……the kits contain everything but pliers, why?  We are working on a new feature in the store that would allow you to pick your own pliers (of any that we carry) and add them to the starter kit, at a reduced price.  We also hope to have that done in the VERY near future.

Something else you want to ask about them?  Let us know, and we will get you an answer.

And remember, It’s in the Maille!


We told you it was coming, and here it is.  We are officially in our new space and have started working on it to fit us.  First thing was to knock down some walls so the two spaces were connected.


As much as we like making things, we like tearing stuff down too.   Mike got to take the first swing and show the drywall who’s boss.




As we have mentioned, most of our expansion will be behind the scenes.  We are adding more storage space, more shop space, offices for the whole staff, and at some point next year we hope to expand our showroom.  However, if you are local to us, and wanted us to do more classes, you are in luck.  One of the other things we are doing right away is making a training center.  In fact, it’s already done.


If you are interested in taking classes from us, we have an email list you can sign up for in the store, or drop us a note here and we can get you added as well.  We hope to do a general “Maille day” before the end of the month.  This will be a day for everybody to come in and meet other maillers in the area, chat, share tip and tricks, and in general relax.  This will be at no cost, and while a member of C&T Staff will be there, they will be there in the same capacity and not there to actually teach anything specific.

If you have a specific pattern you really want us to teach, let us know.  We try to base our classes on what you want us to do.


And remember, It’s in the Maille.