Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sterling Silver Turkish Roundmaille Bracelet

This silver bracelet is one of my favorites. I made a necklace, bracelet, and earring set for my wife and she wears it all the time.
Sterling Silver Turkish Roundmaille Bracelet
Sterling Silver Turkish Roundmaille Bracelet
Sterling Silver Turkish Roundmaille Bracelet
Sterling Silver Turkish Roundmaille Bracelet

Sunday, September 28, 2008

How to make jumprings for jewelry

Check out this article I wrote about how we make our jumprings for our chainmaille jewelry.
Sterling and Colpper Wire
Sterling and Colpper Wire
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make all our own jumprings
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start out
with raw wire. Any wire
can be used
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soft>strength of the wire, some
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harder to work
with than others.
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We then coil the wire on a
mandrel using a power drill. We
use slotted mandrels so that
you can insert the wire on the
end to
hold your wire stable
while you
begin your coil.
Coiling wire on a mandrel
Coiling wire on a mandrel
style="FONT-SIZE: 16px; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px">Once your done coiling your
soft>wire on the mandrel
style="FONT-SIZE: 16px; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px">are left with
a solid metal
coil that is ready
for cutting.  Depending on how
chose to cut your rings, you
may have to add a cutting
soft>lubricant to your finished coil.  
This preserves the life of
cutting blade.
Wire and a coil on a mandrel
Sterling silver coils
style="FONT-SIZE: 16px; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px">Now that you have coils it is
soft>time t o cut
style="FONT-SIZE: 16px; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px">itsize=3> into individual
soft>jumprings. You can use wire
snips, a jew
size=3>style="FONT-SIZE: 16px; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px">esize=3>ler's saw, or some
soft>type of mechanical cutter. We
use a Jumpringer to saw cut our
soft>rings. Saw cut rings leave the
ends flat and clean so that you
soft>can achieve better
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style="FONT-SIZE: 16px; LINE-HEIGHT: 19px">closures.
Sterling silver coil in the cutting base
Cutting base with the jumpringer cutting blade
Cutting base with the jumpringer cutting blade
Cut jumprings in  the coil holder
Sterling silver jumprings

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Byzantine Keychain by My 9 Year Old Son

Proud Daddy, need I say more. He is so exited about making his own url=http://www.chainmaillebymboi.com/index.html]chainmaille[[/url]

Anyway thanks for looking.

Artist's Comments

Now this isn't his first piece, he made a couple 2
and 2 chains before this.
But this one was his design, and started putting it
together as soon as I taught him byzantine. The only parental help was putting
the stone in. So be kind as he is really excited about this and I plan on
linking him in to this post for a ego boost because he tried really hard on the
concept and closures.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sterling Silver and Copper GSG Necklace

 GSG Sterling and copper on bust top Another simple but stunning Jewelry creation by Andrew & Kimberly. This stunning GSG necklace is available at Chainmaille By MBOI. Chainmaille by MBOI is a sister company to Makin' The Best Of It, check out our shop to see what's new. We carry sterling silver bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Along with sterling silver we carry some copper, bronze, stainless steel, and aluminum products. 

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Sterling Silver and Copper Jewelry at It's Best

This Sterling silver and Copper GSG Necklace is one of my favorite pieces.
Sterling Silver and Copper GSG Necklace
This Sterling Silver and Copper Necklace is
made in a
GSG Chainmaille Pattern. It measures 17
inches long and is 1/4 inch wide. This piece
definitely makes a statement. The pattern is
very dense and the piece weighs about 1.2
The copper used for this piece is solid, not
plated, so you don’t have to worry about the
plating wearing off. Right now this piece is
bright and shiny, like a new penny, but copper
does darken with age. If you prefer bright, any
copper cleaner will keep it looking new.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

GSG Chainmaille Bracelet Made from Sterling Silver

GSG Sterling on bottle
This stunning Sterling silver chainmaille bracelet begins with wire that has been coiled, cut, and made into individual small jump rings. The rings are then woven together to create this beautiful  pattern.
This bracelet along with many other are available on my new web site  Chainmaille by MBOI . Stop by and check it out.
Thanks Andrew & Kimberly


Monday, September 8, 2008

Hand Painted Fall Glassware

Check out the link below from ivonnardonascreations. Thank you for the lovely compliment on my wife's painting, I'm her biggest fan.

These are a gorgeous pair of cruets by MakintheBestOfIt. This set is said to "take you from fall colors through the holiday season." I can totally believe it and I love the leaves that have been painted with a shimmery gold paint to catch the light from any angle.

Friday, September 5, 2008


GSG Sterling on bottle Well we just opened a new chainmaille web site,

its just in the begining stages. We have a whole bunch of stuff still to add,

but its a start.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks Andrew,


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Beading Gem's Journal a Jewelry Enthusiast

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Artistic Chain Maille Elements by MBOI

Feature Designer
Chain maille jewelry designs can get rather boring to do after a while so a good chain maille artist strives to bring in different elements to make their jewelry distinctive. One artisan whom I stumbled upon in metalchasers.com now called jewelrygeeks.com has great inspirational examples of how to step up chain maille designs.
MakintheBestOfIt or MBOI for short, is a wire wrap and chain maille enthuasist. She is multi-talented with not just one but TWO Etsy stores - one of jewelry designs and one for her lovely hand painted glass. I don't know how she does it all for she is a second time round full time student with two small boys. She has a deeply ingrained creative streak so much so her husband says she has a really bad case of crafters ADD!
Her chain maille designs show her versatility and talent for linking jump rings together. She combines coloured rings to highlight metals - her copper and sterling Byzantine ladder bracelet (above) combines silver with copper which is one of my favourite combinations. Yet I still see the occasional question on jewelry making forums - "Can I mix metals"? Of course you can! The jewelry will look gorgeous.

Another design element is using alternative structures rather than just a straight chain. One of her most stunning designs is her sterling silver chain maille encased Salvation pendant. This unique design has 7 Swarovski crystal bicones in rainbow colours all in a row and framed with inverted round maille. Another example is her bronze Persian Cross which features a full Persian cross pendant on a half Persian 3 in 1 chain.

But I've saved the best to last for this piece was a labour of love for one of her music obsessed sons. The chain maille guitar strap was truly an inspired choice as a gift for some one (often male) who isn't into jewelry or is too young to use key rings! Jewelry is usually just decorative but here MBOI has made chain maille into a functional piece of art!
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BetteJo said...

Are you sure she doesn't have a small army of chain maille brownies helping out? I cannot even imagine how long that guitar strap took!

August 31, 2008 8:30 PM
MakinTheBestOfIt said...

You just made my day...my only army is a supportive husband that doesn't mind cutting rings for me and puts up with my obsessive nature.
PS. The guitar strap was a labor of love that took about 4 months of on and off work to complete.

August 31, 2008 8:57 PM
The Beading Gem said...

Four months!! That was amazing and what a gift.

August 31, 2008 10:04 PM