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DESIGNING THE UNEXPECTED SINCE 1997

CHAINMAILLE JEWELRY

About Chainmaille:  Chainmaille is one of the oldest forms of jewelry making and dates to ancient history.  It’s commonly believed this form of jewelry was derived when metalsmiths creating armor wanted to find a way to make decorative items for non-battle purposes.  Regardless of where it came from, Chainmaille is the opening and closing of individual rings (jump rings) and then woven together to form a design.  Modern chainmail-lers often combine ancient, historical weaves with newly created weaves in their designs.  Chainmaille is truly a blending of old with new… hence what Tammi creates is modern maille!

General Chainmaille Care:  Oils from your skin and the oxygen in the air can accelerate tarnishing.  If you want to slow the tarnish process, rinse in clean water (or soapy water with a mild soap) and either pat dry with a soft cloth or allow to air dry.  Avoid contact with chemicals and products like hairsprays, perfumes, bleach, some detergents and chlorinated water.  These can all cause harm by removing or changing the finish of metals.  Even your sweat can deteriorate the oxide layer over time.  It’s important to rinse your pieces as soon as possible after exposure to any of these harmful chemicals. 

Chainmaille is created with open (unsoldered) jump rings, there can be lines or openings in the rings.  Usually these are considered a part of the charm of chainmaille and helps to make up the intricate beauty of these handcrafted beauties.  Chainmaille isn’t necessarily a “gentle wearing” jewelry but it does require a little more attention when wearing it.  Examples could be: 

  • Knit clothing (gloves, coat cuffs or sweaters) can catch on jump rings and cause them to open.
  • Socks, high shoes or boots can cause problems with anklets and can lead to rings opening.

It is recommended that you check the rings of your chainmaille on a regular basis to ensure they are still tight.  If you notice loose or open rings, please contact Tammi.  She is happy to make adjustments and repairs to chainmaille she has created and can usually do these while you wait!

CHAINMAILLE GALLERY

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OPTIONS

These are samples of our most popular weaves.  There are over 50 different weaves Tammi creates and seeing them in the studio is the best way to choose your piece.  If you'd like to add color (with Anodized Aluminum), these can take 4-6 weeks do complete since this often requires a special order of rings.

METALS USED IN CHAINMAILLE

ANODIZED ALUMINUM – This is a perfect way to add color to chainmaille!  The anodized coating can scratch with wear and over time, so some care should be used.  We use a hard-tempered aluminum ring which helps to keep the rings strong while still being lightweight.  Another benefit to Anodized Aluminum is that it will never tarnish or corrode and requires only a soap/water cleanup.  Our rings are made from recycled aluminum which makes them eco-friendly!  While not designated as being hypo-allergenic, most people with metal sensitivities can wear Aluminum with little to no problem or concern.

COPPER – This is a reddish metal that corrodes rather easily and will change with wear and exposure to the elements; this color change is called a patina.  Patinaed copper can be cleaned easily to keep its shiny new penny look.  Many people like the patina of copper but to keep it bright and shiny, try lemon juice or even ketchup with an old toothbrush (to get in between rings) and a good rinse with water.  Copper is a stronger material than Aluminum; but it is also much heavier in nature too.  We use a copper ring that is solid copper and not plated and which is tempered for hardness and durability.

JEWELERS BRASS – Our rings look very similar to a yellow gold when it isn’t tarnished (which can happen easily when left exposed to air).  Brasso is a commercial cleaner that works wonderfully with an old toothbrush to help get in the nooks!  Most brass in jewelry can be soft, but our rings are stronger than regular brass and is also hardened which allows our designs to be strong and long wearing.  Jewelers Brass is heavier than other metals as well and should be a consideration when deciding on a piece.

ANODIZED TITANIUM – Titanium is very strong metal and yet is still very lightweight.  The natural color of titanium is not generally preferred in jewelry designs but anodizing (adding color) to the rings makes them beautiful.  Anodized Titanium has a matte (non-shiny) finish and colors vary for these rings, there are subtle variations (almost a two-tone effect on each ring).  These rings only require a good soap and water cleaning to keep them looking new!  Titanium is easy to wear and durable which will quickly make it a favorite piece to wear! 

ANODIZED NIOBIUM – Anodized Niobium rings are strong, corrosion resistant and hypo-allergenic in nature.  The base metal niobium is a dark gray color (sort of yuck), but Anodized Niobium is beautiful, shiny and very vibrant!  Anodized Niobium is the same strength as sterling silver too but is over 20% lighter than sterling (as well as being tarnish resistant).  Colors will vary and often anodized rings have a two-tone appearance and make for beautiful jewelry.  This two-tone coloring is considered to be an added bonus to the anodized rings.  Being hypo-allergenic makes this a great choice for metal sensitivity wearers.

STAINLESS STEEL – Our stainless rings are strong and corrosion resistant (they won’t tarnish).  Stainless is long wearing and very durable.  Because of the hardness of the metal, some designs are harder to create due to the thickness of the wire used in the rings… however this also means that many delicate designs which are made with smaller rings can be more durable.  Overall, when compared to Sterling Silver, Stainless Steel tends to be a little darker than sterling and is heavier too.