Chain Mail Plus has
over 20 projects for the jewelry maker who wants to go beyond
straight chain mail designs. Using traditional weaves, the
author suggests adding various crystals, charms, metal links
and many more materials to add added dimension to a finished
I’ve always wanted to experiment with
more designs using chain mail, and this new Kalmbach release
provides plenty of inspiration and ideas that any novice or
expert can build upon.
As usual, the book is in full color with coated
stock, with an introduction, a good section on all the tools
required, and information on lighting and magnification (helpful
when dealing with those small rings), and materials, including
suggestions for the type of jump rings to use. There’s
even a reference to Tool Magic, a rubbery coating to prevent
scratching those colorful jump rings.
Sandy Haugen covers earrings, bracelets, necklaces
and various jewelry sets. My favorite designs include the
“Charms in Harmony” bracelet, the “Triple
Wrap-Sody” bracelet using leather cord (so hot these
days), and the “Black Magic” and “Red Carpet”
necklaces using satin ribbon. I love the jewelry sets too,
but there are so many wonderful designs that I could go on
and on. As I’m somewhat of a novice with chain mail,
I especially found the Techniques and Tips section at the
end of the book extremely helpful.
This latest release is a must have reference
for who loves making jewelry using chain mail. The full color
photos and complete step-by-step instructions will make even
a novice feel like a pro and will be proud of the results.
Like me, no doubt you’ll find favorite designs to use
to make stunning jewelry for yourself, your family and friends.
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