Upgrades

We have hinted that we have a lot in store for you in the coming year.  There are a number of cool things on the horizon, spread throughout the year.  It’s time to let you in on one of the things that is going to happen quick.

We are changing our website.  Don’t worry too much, the core of it will be the same.  What we are doing though, is changing some navigation to make it easier to find the things that seem to be asked about the most.  For example, scales will get it’s own category.  We are also going to tweak the site search engine to also make it easier to find the things you are searching for.   We will be adding a feature or two that we are not ready to give away just yet, and we will improving some of the functionality for you.  Most of these changes will be slight and you will start to see them over the next week or two.  Sometime in January, we will do a big update, and that will require the site to be down for a short bit.  Not to worry, we will give you warning so we don’t scare you too much.

Sometime after that big update, we will start in with the big surprises.  😀

Holiday Shutdown

It’s that time of year again where we have to count all the little rings and findings.  We’ve been training the dogs to help, but that hasn’t gone very well.
If you have been with us for a while, you know we close down for a bit to count, and so everybody here can spend some time with family and get some rest before we hit the grindstone again. (And boy do we have a lot of plans for you next year)  If you are new to us, well, now you know.
This year we will close December 23rd at 3pm, and re-open January 3rd.

Also don’t forget inventory also means end of the year sale items.  Make sure you keep an eye out for them in January.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season, however you celebrate.

Don’t forget, It’s In The Maille!!!

Anodized aluminum

We get questions almost daily about AA.  Some are easy to answer, some are not.  Some we are not ready to answer.  This post will take care of some of all of those.
First, we want to remind you we have a page set up specifically to show what AA is out at the anodizer and being worked on.  You can find it here:

AA stock page

Now, what’s not on that list.  12g AA.  Have no fear, all the colors we don’t currently have in stock are out at the anodizer in addition to what is on that list.  All of the 12g rings, and most of what is on that list, we hope to have back in just over a week.  There are a couple that will take a week or so longer.

****BIG SURPRISE REVEAL TIME*****
Also not on that list, but at the anodizer (and in the little longer category) is 20g 1/8″ Black.  That’s right, we have started making 20g AA.  This is a long term project.  The rings are so little, they take so long to make, so we have paced this project for the YEAR.  The listing for them is already up on our site, but only available colors are up. (Currently just red)  As we get colors back, we will add them.  We chose to do it this way so our “Notify when back in stock” feature doesn’t get flooded.

***SECOND BIG SURPRISE REVEAL TIME****
Can you handle a second surprise?
If not, stop reading now, if you think you can, read on.
We are also starting to make 16g 3/16″ AA.  They should start showing up in a little over a month.  These are a little faster to make, so we are likely to put up a block of colors at a time.

As always, we are happy to look at making other sizes, but we need to hear from you to do so.  So, if there is another size you would like to see us do, let us know.

And remember, It’s in the Maille!!

 

 

Holiday closing

As a reminder we will be closed December 24th through Jan 3rd, re-opening on January 4th.  We use this time to do our year end inventory, and allow our employees to spend some time with family.  While our physical store will be closed, you can still order online.  There will be VERY LIMITED shipping during this time.

We had a wonderful year again, and hope you did as well.  We have many new things in the works for you for next year, so be sure to keep an eye out.

November

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

stainless-tube-braceletstainless-tube-bracelet2

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.
stainless-tube-bracelet-mobius stainless-tube-bracelet-mobius2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!