Jun 1, 2013

Anklet Blog Hop

Beautiful, fun, grounding and lovely, ankle bracelets are wonderful. Living in Orlando, they are all year round jewelry. From the gentle protection and song of rhythmic bells to sparkling crystals and gems to fine gold chains and charms, the cool and unique styles of anklets make them favorite jewelry. 

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.

Kashmira Patelhttp://sadafulee.blogspot.com
Kaushambi ShahWill post on Kashmira's blog
Jean Wellshttp://jeanawells.blogspot.com/
Mischelle Fanucchihttp://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Shellie Grindiehttp://www.creativeeclectica.com/
Ginger Bishophttp://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com/
Monique Uhttp://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com
Cynthia Machatahttp://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com
Kay Thomersonhttp://www.kayzkreationz.blogspot.com/
Mimi Gardnerhttp://othercuriosities.blogspot.com/
Anindita Basuhttp://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com/
Rita (Toltec Jewels)http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/
Gina Hocketthttp://freestyleelements.blogspot.com/
Tammie Everlyhttp://ttedesigns.blogspot.com

Dyanne Cantrellhttp://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com/
Ema Kilroyhttp://emakaye.blogspot.com/
Emma Toddhttp://www.apolymerpenchant.blogspot.com/
K Morganwww.TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com
Sharyl McMillian-Nelsonhttp://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/
Cheri Reedhttp://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Rochelle Brissonhttp://acreativechelle.blogspot.com/
Michelle Buettnerhttp://www.misheldesigns.blogspot.com/
Sandra McGriffhttp://www.skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Weisshttp://uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com/
Shelley Graham Turnerhttp://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com/

Lynda Carson
Roxanne Mendoza

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!


  1. Oh that is just lovely! Fabulous work! My fingers are cramping, and my eyes are squinting at just the thought of all the work you put into it!

  2. Very impressed with the "micromaille"! Beautiful job, and very unique!

  3. Rita this is exquisite! What a classic and special piece. Great work.

  4. Very nice pair of anklets. I am having such a great time seeing everyone's anklets.

  5. I love this. What great Chainmaille. I wouldn't have the nerve to try something so small and delicate. Very pretty.

  6. That is amazing. Absolutely gorgeous. My favorite so far.

  7. I have nothing but admiration for your chain maille work, Rita. The micro maille anklet is just lovely and imagine the fluidity makes it so comfortable to wear.
    Hope you are feeling much better these days.


  8. Oh this is so dainty and beautiful! My hat's off to you in creating this micromaille - wow!

  9. Wow... words (almost) fail me, Rita! This is truly a work of art and you may be justifiably proud to display it. Just gorgeous!

  10. What a beautiful piece, Rita! I'm sorry to hear you haven't been well :(

  11. WOW!!! That is some ankle bracelet.. I admire all the work you put into this, that is gorgeous!

  12. Oh lovely! Showing us the anklet against the bicones really spoke to me and told me about the beautiful, delicate nature of your work.

  13. I love your micro chainmaille anklet. It must have been a challenge working with those tiny jump rings. Have a great week-end. Ana

  14. Oh. My. GOD!!!!
    That is jaw-dropping gorgeous! Wow!!!!! How long did it take to make? Its so perfect!!!

    Thanks so much for joining, Rita! This is absolutely stunning!

  15. And hope you are feeling better now?

  16. I'm so impressed - gorgeous! Chainmaille is not as easy at it seems & your is beautiful!

  17. I don't know if I'm more impressed with you making your own very small jumps or weaving them together in the beautiful Byz pattern! I'm about 2 hours away from Orlando- would love to meet sometime and play :)

  18. gorgeous.. I can not for the life of me make jump rings and then for them to be that small.. I am amazed.

  19. Beautiful work, Rita! I cannot even imagine doing maille that small! I admire your talents so much---and it is such a beautiful anklet, it really dresses up the ankle! Love it!
    Gina H

  20. that is fantastic! and must feel amazing on! just gorgeous

  21. Love the chain maille what a great idea and so pretty,

  22. I thought gorgeous before reading all the comments! The micromaille anklet is simply gorgeous!

  23. Hi Rita! I'm truly in awe of such beautiful, tiny, delicate (yet strong) chainmaille. Did you wear a magnifying visor while you made your anklet? I've never made any chainmaille with jump rings smaller than 3 mm ID so, I'm definitely going to *attempt* micromaille.

  24. Rita, I am awestruck. They are so beautiful, especially the micromaille. You are so talented and I am so honored to know you.

  25. WOW that is beautiful. Very talented.


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