Geekery + Chainmaille = Yay!

It probably won’t come as much of a surprise to most of you that I’m the geeky sort. I own an Xbox 360, I watch sci-fi shows, and board games are one of my favourite things to do in the evening. I suppose you could call my chainmaille another geeky pursuit, but that one depends on your point of view.

So far I’ve been using maille to make jewellery almost exclusively. There are some keyrings as well, so I include “accessories” in my descriptions of my business, but in general it’s been wearable art. Now, for the first time, I’ve tried something a bit different.

I’ve started to make chainmaille pouches.

It's green!

It’s green!

“A chainmaille pouch,” I can hear you say, “What’s that good for?” Well, what would you use a pouch in general for? One of the primary uses, out there, is as a dice bag. (Are you starting to see why I introduced this with some geekery?) Lots of tabletop gamers carry a collection of dice around. If you’re a role playing gamer, you might need a few different kinds of dice. If you’re a tabletop wargamer, you might just need a whole bunch of D6s. And if you’re not a tabletop gamer, you might have no idea what I’m talking about!

This one took a very long time to make.

This one took a very long time to make.

Not to worry. Pouches can be used for so much else. You could use it as an unusual coin purse. You could use it as a make-up bag. You could carry around semi-precious tumble stones. Or anything else that takes your fancy.

Making these pouches has been a nice break for me. I’m not bored with jewellery by any stretch, but it’s always interesting to expand my skills!

 

You wouldn't believe how tiny this thing is!

You wouldn’t believe how tiny this thing is!

Now I just need to get this obsession with making them out of my system, and then maybe there will be more new ideas. 🙂

For the moment I only make these as custom orders, although I’m sure some will appear in my shop eventually. If you want one before then, just email me at victoriasol@destai.com and I can make one to your specifications!

Monday Morning and discount offer

You’re probably generally better off checking this blog on Mondays, to be honest. If I do update when I’m supposed to – Sundays – it will be there, and if I do my procrastinate-until-Monday-morning thing then you’ll catch that as well. 🙂

I’ll try to do better, but no guarantees!

I had a very restless night last night so even after one cup and a bit of Coffee, I’m still not quite there to regular humanity. I suppose this is how most people feel on Monday mornings, and what’s meant when people say they have a case of “the Mondays”. I’ll count myself lucky that it doesn’t happen more often, even though I have in fact arrived at the point where I don’t feel “right” until I’ve had Coffee.

Who’d’a thunk that I’d end up a slave to the Coffee god, eh?

Anyway. This week I’ve been making Pride keyrings. What do I mean by that? Well, one is a rainbow one, to go with the rainbow flag used for LGBT Pride, another is based on the Bisexual Pride flag, and the third is a Transgender Pride one.

Keyrings in pride colours

For all your Pride needs.

You can find them in my Shop.

I had a lot of fun making these. I love working with colours and I love making chainmaille, so using coloured jump rings is perfect. Next will be rainbow bracelets, when I can get my hands on big enough quantities of rings! 🙂

A little while ago I ordered some jewellery displays – one bust for necklaces and one fake hand. Yup, I got a severed hand. Mannequin hand, but it looks quite realistic if you don’t look too closely.

Mannequin hand on top of a jewellery bust

It's gonna get ya!

You know it’s going to strangle me in the night. Hmm, maybe that’s why I had such restless sleep last night…

The bust is beautiful though, and I’m looking forward to using it for photos. +10 professional straight away.

And now the part that people who only read the title and skimmed the rest have been waiting for – the discount code. 10% off purchases of £15 or more. Use the code BLOGOFFER at checkout. I haven’t set an expiration date for this, so use it as much as you want. 🙂

And with that I shall sign off for another few days. Who knows, maybe this will be the week I finally get around to posting the Byzantine tutorial! Check back on Thursday. 🙂

Earrings and Red Bull

Hmm, a lot of my Sunday updates seem to be happening on Monday mornings lately…

So what have I been up to for the past two weeks? Well, I’m glad you asked. I’ve been making new designs, with new and old supplies; I’ve been writing new content for my website, and pondering other changes; and between all the work I’ve had life happen as well! As it does.

I ordered in some colour jump rings to make new and exciting chainmaille. I got three bags of colour mixes, which I realised when I got them was less useful than I had imagined. There isn’t enough of each colour to make bracelets! However, upon review, this may be a good thing. My Etsy shop currently has about three times as many bracelets as necklaces, and an even more skewed ratio for earrings. So I’ve been making earrings.

Earrings on a stand

Colourful!

At the time of posting, I have only made one pair available on Etsy. Hopefully I’ll be able to put the rest up for sale either today or tomorrow. For now, you can go to the Shop to get this pair:

Red chainmaille earrings on a stand

Rather pleased with these.

Only one pair available though!

I’ve also been pondering my website. It’s forever a work in progress, and I’ve been writing new content for it. Coming soon will be a new About page and a more comprehensive FAQ. I’ll also be taking new pictures for the Gallery, since I have a lightbox now and all.

I had my friend look over some of the content, and she made some excellent edits. She has a way with words that I do not, and she didn’t mind going through it at all. I’m lucky to know her. 🙂 (For many reasons. But this included.)

So that will be coming soon. With “soon” being one of those relative, means-nothing-really kind of words.

As far as life goes, the most exciting thing that happened this week was a promotion for Red Bull which saw us receive four free cans. No, my life doesn’t get much more exciting than that. The Kitty also seemed to quite like it.

Cat sniffing a box of Red Bull cans

So exciting!

And that’s about it, really. Now I must go and make sure said Kitty doesn’t steal my beads!

All excited!

I got my Rainbow Hematite! It’s so rainbow-y! I immediately made something and put it up in my shop. Valentine’s bracelet, yay! It’s a thin chainmaille chain with rainbow hematite and goldstone hearts as charms. Go, have a look! I’ll wait!

Did you see it? It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Here’s a close-up of the hematite, which is really, really hard to do justice in photographs.

Close-up of green rainbow hematite

Shiny!

Of course, right after I’d received that order the same shop goes and restocks the craft wire I use. Which they were out of. Which I needed. So I had to make another order.

Big pile of craft wire

I may have gone overboard.

I plan to make many rings. And many wire wrapped things. Quite what things are yet to be determined. Probably more hearts for a start.

I went to a local Etsy meet on Wednesday evening, which was great but overwhelming. I ended up ill for the next two days as a result. I consider it to have been worth it, though. Shout out to new friends, yay! I don’t even remember everyone’s name, but I’m hoping to see them all again next time. I have my sociable moments.

This morning I got one of my weekly emails from Pinterest and I was inspired to make this:

Necklace with Jasper bead charms

Jaspery.

The beads are Jasper, or at least I think the rectangular ones are. The round ones definitely are. So that’s now also up on Etsy.

I’ve really fallen in love with Jasper. I have about four different kinds in my bead box now, and they’re all amazing. I don’t really have a favourite semi-precious stone, but various kinds of jasper definitely reach my top five. (Other top fives would probably include smoky quarts, moonstone, lapis lazuli and about three others I can’t think of right now. I’m not a stickler for mathematics.)