Thanks B3!

I first started chainmailling almost five years ago. I dragged my mother along to the DIY Trunk Show and Blue Buddha Boutique (B3) had a make-and-take booth set up. You could make your own pair of earrings or a zipper pull. My mom and I were hooked. Although my mother was more interested in what I could make for her than making any thing herself.

B3 started my love of chainmaille but unfortunately, after 13 years, B3 is shutting down. The owner, Rebecca, has stated her very good reason for this very hard decision in this blog post. I understand her reasons but I’m still sad that a local chainmaille source is closing. The physical B3 store closed a couple of weeks ago and the actual website will close mid April.

Since the announcement, I’ve been to the store several times. Which is exhausting because it involves a bus and two subway trains to get from Logan Square to Edgewater. Since it takes an hour and a half to get there, I tend to stock up. I’ve bought a lot of kits and tutorials that I’ve always wanted to buy (except those duckbill pliers I’ve wanted for so long).

B3 Kits

These are just some of the kits I got at B3

In honor of all that B3 and its artists have taught me and thousands of others, I’ve decided I’m going to learn 12 different B3 weaves kind of like last year when I tried to learn a different weave each month. I hope to do a better job than last year too.

A Year of Accomplishments

It’s been more than a year since my first post. I’ve tried so many times to keep up this blog and keep writing. This is the longest I’ve kept writing and posting. There are gaps but that’s something I need to work on for this next year. But here’s a recap of the past year.

I was able to learn ten new weaves and add them to my repertoire. I didn’t reach my goal of twelve weaves but I don’t think I did too bad.

I’m slowly but surely adding more photos to my blog posts. Editing is still a pain in the ass.

I’m working on building an inventory of chainmaille. Now to add them to my Square Market store.

I prematurely finished my seasonal job by being hospitalized but six months later I got a more permanent job that I really like.

This past year was full of ups and downs but still good over all. Here’s hoping that this new year can be even better.

Weave Ten: Double Spiral Complete!

The color choices don't show off this weave as much as I'd like.

I’m so fricking behind on these weaves to learn. I finally finished September’s weave of the month.

The color choices don't show off this weave as much as I'd like.

The color choices don’t show off this weave as much as I’d like.

Double spiral was not that hard to learn, I was just being lazy. I just got a new job last month and I guess I pushed everything to the side. There is not much to say about this weave. I used B3 (Blue Buddha Boutique)’s free tutorial and it worked up really quick.

The most time consuming part was opening all the rings but that’s what is boring for every one of the weaves I know. I used rings that I had around but I don’t really like the combination. I think the colors are too dark. Maybe if I had used a light green or maybe silver that might have worked better. Oh well, it’s done and I can cross another weave off the list. Next month is going to be another simple one: Cloud Cover and Four Winds. Two weaves in one go to try and catch up to my list. Watch out for that one soon.

Weave Nine: Ocean Waves

I love a weave that works up quickly. August’s weave of the month is called Ocean Waves. It is a pretty weave that takes no time at all to make.

Ocean Waves

I got the tutorial for this weave from a huge Facebook group for chainmaillers. I swear the only reason I’m on Facebook at all is to look through all the pictures and read all the advice that other chainmaillers post. I haven’t posted anything in the group yet but every once in a while I comment on something. (I need to get over this fear of interacting online).

The group is open for anyone to join; from maillers with years of experience to those who have never picked up a pair of pliers but can appreciate the love and work that goes into any piece of chainmaille.

The next weave I want to learn is Double Spiral. It’s supposedly simple but sometimes what looks simple is anything but simple. I’ll post that one as soon as I can. I’m running a bit behind on my weaves

Weave Eight: Shenanigans Complete!

I did finish this weave on time. I just got sidetracked by birthdays and I dragged in writing this up.

This weave was confusing. I used this tutorial. I have mixed feeling about it. Once I understood how to add rings weaving went quickly but I didn’t like the loose rings on the ends. I think I’m going to have to try this weave with larger rings.

Complaining aside, it is a pretty weave.

Complaining aside, it is a pretty weave.

So that was July’s weave of the month. I will be posting August’s weave in a day or two. That weave is called Ocean Waves. I’ll also write about those birthdays that sidetracked me.

Weave 7: Jens Pind Linkage 3 complete!

I really let Jens Pind Linkage 3 intimidate me. I bought two tutorials to help me figure it out. In the end, I used this free tutorial and a kit from Blue Buddha Boutique. The kit contained enough rings to make a necklace and a bracelet.

Jpl necklace1Once I actually looked at the tutorial and started weaving, it went really quick. It helped that the rings were in three different colors. I enjoyed how fast it went and how good it looked.

Jpl3

I still don’t know what I want to learn for July’s weave of the month. I hope to have it by the end of the week though. That way I have enough time to learn it. Right now I’m working on taking pictures of my inventory and working on my shop. I’ll be Posting updates as they happen.

Weave Six: Glass Caterpillar Complete!

The 28th was my 28th birthday. So I wanted to make a weave that I’ve wanted to do since I saw it. The Glass Caterpillar tutorial, designed by Kat Wisniewski from ElementalArtJewelry.com and sold by Blue Buddha Boutique. I love this design. It incorporates two weaves that I already know and adds color with glass rings and seed beads. I bought the tutorial last month and bought glass rings and seed beads in different colors.

When I first looked at the tutorial, I felt confused but once started the design just flowed. Once I made one bracelet, I made another and then another. I would have made another but I ran out of one ring size. I love the feel of the bracelet and the brilliant color combinations that could be possible.

I finally bought the right rings so next month I will definitely attempt Jens Pind 3.