For my anklet design, I wanted to make completely hand crafted chain maille, from sizing and cutting the jump rings to tumbling the finished chain myself. I decided this was the perfect time to try creating "micromaille," chainmaille created with very small jump rings in a very fine wire gauge.
The Byzantine anklet created with rose gold and sterling rings, with stations of Czech lavender and copper lined faceted rondelles. I wove the micromaille chain using 2 mm inner diameter rings in 22 gauge rose gold & sterling silver wire.
The micromaille chain compared to 6mm bicones: the Byzantine is actually smaller. I am very pleased with the finished scale and look of the micromaille anklet.
Thank you to the lovely and talented Kashmira Patel of Sudafulee for her delightful suggestion of an anklet blog hop! Being inspired by Kashmira's memories and tales of beautiful Indian ankle jewelry is an honor, and I know I will create many more anklets in the future. I appreciate the chance to participate in the challenge, and having been ill the past few weeks, I found weaving the chain another way of beading for healing. Our anklet blog hop is also a wonderful way to begin summer. Thank you, Kashmira.
Toltec Jewels is an author by day, jewelry maker by night. Her literary work is housed by the San Fransisco MOMA and is published internationally in popular magazines, literary quarterlies, and university publications. She has won a number of awards for literary and jewelry arts. She is happiest making handcrafted jewelry with her entire family, snuggling with her doggies and grandkids, sewing, singing, reading, and learning jewelry techniques. She is the host of Jewel School Friends, a community of expert and emerging artisans taking inspiration from each other and Jewel School. Join her on Facebook for networking, fundraising for Beads of Courage, jewelry making challenges, contests, give-a-ways and of course, cool beads and jewelry!