It was a good weekend here in the frozen wastelands of Wisconsin.
First…it wasn’t FROZEN. Saturday, with the sunshine, lack of wind, and Mother Nature having a hot flash, we saw temps raise above 50.
It. Was. WARM.
So I did what any self-respecting Wisconsinite did. I went for a walk, to enjoy this breath of non-frozen fresh air…because it ain’t gonna last.
I did a good 2 miles, and got to speak with a portion of the river I haven’t had the opportunity to visit with since it got cold.
I also played with a new weave called Borealis. (The chainmaille ‘purists’ out there in the world call it ‘True Aura Sheet,’ but I don’t believe in being that formal.) It’s a weave I’ve drooled over for quite a bit. And, because it’s a weave with a good write-up on the M.A.I.L. site, but no formal tutorial, my earlier attempts have ended up in the ‘Well, THAT didn’t work’ pile more often than not.
Because I was soooooo excited to get this weave in my head and hands…I tossed out three pieces.
A medallion, which was the first piece. This ended up rigid and slightly cupped, so expanding it out farther is probably not possible without the weave physically locking up (the pattern simply tightens down so far that you can no longer ‘insert ring A in position B’). BUT – what it ends up as is tantalizing. I can see colors turning this piece into a real head-turner.
After the initial weaving produced this cupped, round form, I tried with slightly different rings…and came up with this:
As you can see, I went the wrong way – the rings used in this form curled rather aggressively, and I only did a single ‘strand’ of the stuff. It was quite easy to stitch the two ends together seamlessly, though…and it makes a wonderful, rigid circle, perfect as a display stand for circular objects of all sizes.
Which leads me to my third object:
I gotta admit – this one was FUN. Sculptural forms in maille are really where I live and breathe. Granted, the form still needs a bit of work. The head isn’t attached to the crest of the duck seamlessly – I gotta fix that. The duck’s bill isn’t completely solid in the form, I gotta fix that, too. And…I really want to add color to this guy, which carries it’s own laundry-list of troubles.
But is a rubber ducky made out of little metal rings still a RUBBER ducky? Or just a very RubberDucky-ish form?