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Linking Up with The Chainmaille Lady

The Chain Maille Lady

Lauren the Chainmaille Lady is a fabulous artist, author and Beadalon Design Team member.  Her work is dazzling in its complexity and design.  Be honest now – haven’t you always wondered what it was all about?

This is Lauren’s first bracelet – it’s a Japanese 12-in-2 design

I asked Lauren how she got started in chainmaille.  Here’s what she said:

It all happened one day while I was watching a Jewelry Making TV show.  I saw a gal making what I thought was the most beautiful bracelet I had ever seen! (The weave is known as the Japanese 12-in-2).  You see I came from a needlepoint background.  I would cross stitch, do some Swedish weaving, and Danish Hardanger and the bracelet reminded me of the lacy effect that you get in needlepoint.  Well, I just had to learn how to make that bracelet so I went to the gals website ordered both of her DVD’s and I have been hooked ever since.

For the first year my husband and I sold my jewelry at the local Farmer’s Market. People would tell me that I needed to sell at larger venues.  So we decided to make a huge investment and buy a booth at the Pasadena Bead & Design Show.  Soon we were selling exclusively at the Bead Show.  In 2008 I opened my Etsy shop 

The Chain Maille Lady

The Dragonscale Bracelet

In 2010 I was invited as one of 8 artists to demonstrate and sell my stuff at CHA (the Craft & Hobby Association).  It was at this show that I met the wonderful people of Beadalon®.  My partnership with Beadalon® has been fantastic!!  They have published two of my booklets on chainmaille and also produced my two latest creations the Snub Nose pliers and The ChainMaille Lady™ Travel Kit.I have been approached by Kalbaugh Publishing to write a book on chainmaille.  The book is due to be released October 2013.

These are small Celtic Star Earrings

Lauren talked a little about chain maille:

Chainmaille, also referred to as maille first appeared around 300 B.C. and is a type of armor consisting of small metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh.  Maille continues to be used in the 21st century as a component of stab-resistant body armor, cut-resistant gloves for butchers and woodworkers, shark-resistant wetsuits for defense against shark bites, and a number of other applications including jewelry.

The Purple Haze Necklace

I asked Lauren to tell us what inspires her:

Just about everything inspires me.  When I need to really get inspired I look through jewelry magazines and I look on line and usually something will come to me. Shapes and patterns inspire me.  I like to look at geometric shapes and angles and design jewelry around those. One other thing, I must chainmaille every day!  I’ve written two booklets, “Basics of Chain Maille” and “Advanced Chain Maille”.  I have my own line of “Snub Nose Pliers” as well as “The Chainmaille Lady™ Travel Kit”.

The Purple People Eater Necklace

Who is The Chainmaille Lady?

My alter ego is The ChainMaille Lady™.  I am honored to be a member of the Beadalon® Design Team. I’ve made several appearances on Jewelry Television’s show “Jewel School”. My designs have been published several magazines including “Step By Step Wire Jewelry”.  I have been a guest on the popular jewelry TV show “Beads, Baubles & Jewels”.

You can Find Lauren here:

http://www.TheChainMailleLady.com
http://www.TheChainMailleLady.etsy.com
http://www.facebook.com/TheChainMailleLady
http://www.TheChainMailleLady.blogspot.com
http://www.flickr.com/TheChainMailleLady
http://www.twitter.com/ChainMailleLady
http://www.beadalon.com/andersen.asp

Thank you so much, Lauren!  I just loved having a peek into your amazing world!


 

Comments

  1. Awesome! Love all the pieces – they are fantastic!

  2. Thank you so much Candace!! I am truly honored!!

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