Pair -o- Dice

I did a thing…

Chainmaille Dice

I felt the need for a little something hanging from the rear-view mirror of my car…and a good friend in the Chainmailler’s group just happened to write up a tutorial for a delightful little 6 sided cube with spots ūüėÄ

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These should look absolutely fantastic in my car…I even offered up a blood sacrifice to the chainmaille Gods to insure it…

 

 

 

 

 

 

And – because everyone should have a pair – I stuck ’em on my Etsy page, as well…

Too fun!

 


					

Dude, Really?

 

A couple of weeks ago, I showed a picture of a little chainmaille fella I’d been working on, who¬†accompanied the SQO on his trip to¬†Texas. ¬†He didn’t fare too well on the journey. ¬†One of the beads fell out of his leg.

At least he didn’t leave his heart in Texas…

Now, by the time this little dude came back to me, damaged but still recognizable, he had a brother or 2 – as I employed chainmaille therepy to combat the separation. ¬†Those guys aren’t going to lose any pieces any time soon, as they were upgrades in pattern and design from the little Dude who went traveling.

This weekend, I got the last few ring sizes I needed to¬†finalize the overall design, and I’m happy with the result.

 

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Introducing: ¬†The Dude – a whimsical little Maille Man design by yours truly. ¬†He’s ¬†entertaining the masses from his residence in my¬†Etsy shop – available in both stock and customizable colors. ¬†I even wrote¬†a tutorial if you want to make a Dude of your own!

 

You want to know how a pile of rings and beads went from “I’m bored,” to “Look, I made something KEWL!”? ¬†You got it…

Here’s the process behind¬†‘The Dude Project’

Step inside my mind…

***Creak***

***Dry Rustle***

***Wet Squishing***

Oops – you may want to watch where you walk – but don’t worry, a bit of cleanser and a stiff brush should save your shoes…

Never mind the piled junk in the corners or the graffiti painted on the walls. ¬† The cauldron? ¬†It’s boiling at the exact shade of purple it should be. ¬†Don’t follow the trail of broken bracelet parts out the door ¬†– ¬†that’s the Dragon’s Trail, and you’re not fireproof!

And pay no attention to the long, stringy, slimy¬†guys in the other room singing ‘Madness’ by Muse (a bit off key, I might add…)

They’re just ear worms…

Step up to my work table.¬† Yes…I know it looks like a big pile of papers and junk, but trust me…there’s a table under there…

See – right in the center of the pile of stuff?¬† The cell phone?¬† That’s the Muse Hotline…and lookie here… it’s RINGING…

 

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At least they haven’t figured out emoji’s yet…

Soooo – let’s dig out some rings, and play…

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Dude #1 ¬†– ¬† OK – round ring for the head. ¬†Round ring for the body. ¬†Paired chains suggesting arms & legs. ¬†A way (ok…a bad way) to settle limbs in a manner which suggests they ARE limbs. ¬†All in all – a very ROUGH proof-of-concept.

Problems:

  1. He looks like a deformed spiny/fuzzy fish mated with a human being…in maille.
  2. He¬†has NO neck. ¬†The head is loosely attached to the fuzzy/spiny body &¬†he’ll get whiplash if a strong breeze comes along…
  3. Without more definition for those things coming off the center ring, he could be a squid, a sun, a malformed table… ¬†The form needs to scream ARMS, LEGS, HEAD, TORSO.

 

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Dude #2 ¬† – ¬†¬†Fixed the spiny/fuzzy fish-man mating issue by building a short chain of FP 6 in 1 for the body. Form now resembles a stick figure…certainly a human-analog with the addition of ‘fingers’ and a neck. ¬†Going in the right direction…but – gave him¬†pants up to his armpits.

Problems:

  1. Body too skinny.  Need a quick & easy sheet-weave instead of a single-strand chain.
  2. Colored AA rings do not come in the 19ga 1/4″ rings used to capture 6mm pearls. ¬†Closest common size is too big, as evidenced by this Dude’s trip to Texas, where he came back missing a bead, and common glass beads do not come in 7mm. ¬†Will have to ditch the ring colors, working only in Stainless Steel and/or bronze/copper.
  3. Dude is bow-legged, and legs still have no defining characteristic.

 

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Dude #3  Р  This torso is MUCH more pleasing, offering better positioning and flex in the legs & hips, while keeping the suggestion of a neck between the torso and the head ring.  Really BIG feet define human form legs, as well as solidly locking in those beads.

Problems:

Just need to work on a face.  The body feels complete, and the feet are adorable!

 

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Dude #4  Р Facial design prototype.

Face has suggestions of eyes, hair, and a mouth full of (?)teeth.

 

Problems:

 

  1. Face piece too small for the body.
  2. Face is IMPOSSIBLE to attach to the body without losing the teeth in the neck.
  3. Are they REALLY teeth – or just confusing stabilizing rings?

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Dude #5  Р  Final.  Reconfigured the facial design using larger framing ring.  Lost the teeth, but gave him a hint of a smile with this final construction.

Dude project complete – and he’s a happy little guy. ¬†Can add colors to the ‘hair’ rings for variety, as well as changing out the colors of the beads.

 

The Muses are pleased.¬† The Dudes are pleased.¬† And I have a new fiddly-toy thing to play with at work while I sit on hold…

 

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Green Goddess

Neck shot

The last couple of weekends, when I haven’t been obsessing over¬† new & inventive ideas to get rid of my butt – I’ve been enjoying myself with little bitty rings.¬† I managed to get a few new pieces up on Etsy.

via Green Goddess asymmetrical Swarovski crystal by TempestAndTeapot

It’s all very exciting, as it’s Madame Maillestrom’s Etsy debut!¬† Naturally, I had to pick a cool name for the mannequin – something crazy and edgy.¬† Now that I’ve got the name, it’s only a matter of time before her personality becomes apparent (in my head, at least).¬† I think she’s slightly fuming over having a blanket over her head when not employed (S tends to freak out over human analogues – so I have to keep the ‘fair Madame under wraps unless she’s working), and has mentioned the need for a wig now and again…

 

drum full chain

I’ve wanted to do an asymmetrical necklace for a while.¬† They’re unusual & kind of crazy…just like me.¬† They also slide around your neck.¬† The trick, I think, is to weigh down the apex point.¬† With this incarnation of the Green Goddess, I didn’t do that – so it does a fair amount of sliding around.¬† I’m sure I’ll go back to this design soon, and figure out a way to weigh down the end I want DOWN.

 

close in HP 3 in 1A lot of the build on this one was fairly simple.  Half-Persian 3 in 1 is the pattern for the long chain, and is pretty easy to weave once you get it started.  A shorter length of 3 in 1 is between the two crystals.

 

close in HP 4 in 1I slipped a length of Half-Persian 4 in 1 between the crystals for a bit of contrast.¬† 4 in 1, especially with those TINY rings, is a multiple four-letter-word, I need a few more hands starter – but like it’s cousin 3 in 1, is an easy to replicate pattern once you’ve stabilized the chain.

 

close in spiralBelow the crystals is a length of spiral 4 in 1. That chain was made from some leftover enameled copper rings in a different green & brown.  I absolutely LOVE this color combination РI keep calling it my dark chocolate mint combo.

 

Which reminds me – my stash of those rings is getting low.¬† Might have to place a new order…

 

So now, I’m up to the crystals.

Rivoli and clasp close in

As these are the focal, they had to be special.¬† For starters, I went name-brand.¬† Genuine Swarovski Rivoli’s.¬† I have a build in my arsenal already to make stars out of chainmaille – and I modified this build to create the rivoli cage. ¬† There are no glues or adhesives or wires to hold the crystals in place – only the tension of the weave.

And tension there is.¬† The last few rings are a real pain in the (hopefully deflating) backside to slide into place and close…but totally worth the end result.¬† The rings used on these 2 are more of the main chain’s green, interspersed with pure copper.

 

I finished her off with a sterling silver hook I found at my local bead shop, and a largish aluminum ring to hook into.

 

All in all, I’d she’s a beauty to behold.¬† Total build time was around 3 hours, total ring count is approximately 520 rings.