Category Archives: Jewelry

This is a gallery of the different kinds of jewelry that I make. If you are interested in buying something, email me at julia@bonniemaille.com.

Life and Christmas

I can’t believe that it’s half way through December already! Somehow all the time has melted away.
It has been a while since I have posted, and while I have not been idle, my efforts have been focused elsewhere. And unfortunately, they will most likely continue to be focused elsewhere for the next little while, as I have picked up a job, after several months of searching. This looks like it will do well, and I am excited to get into this new routine. Hopefully once I’m settled into it I’ll have the brain space to focus on chain maille again.
The other thing that has been taking up my time is Christmas. I love Christmas. I love the decorations, the music (only the classical and jazz stuff though, not pop), the lights, the time set aside for family, and the gift giving. I am a gift giver. Every year I dream of inspired, thoughtful gifts to give my friends and family, although most years I start too late and don’t get as much done as I had hoped. This year I’m doing a bit better. This year also happens to be the most chain maille gifts I’ve ever given. I’ve spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out what sort of jewelry my friends will like (and wear) most, and although there have been a few failures along the way, I think I’ve been successful with all of them in the end.
Here are a couple of my ideas that didn’t make the cut.
I really love the way this necklace is going, but it’s just too much for the friend I was envisioning it for. Not that she couldn’t pull it off, but just that she’d lack opportunities to wear it.IMG_0886IMG_0883 I started off with this really cool idea, and wanted to incorperate keys. But while the necklace turned out the way I had expected, it didn’t really suit the person it was intended for. So I tried a different combination of rings and semi-precious stone beads, and it turned out much more suited to the recipient. IMG_0880 IMG_0882Hopefully once christmas is over I’ll have a bit more time to devote to chain maille again.

Steampunk! for the very first time

I love steampunk. I love the colours, the intricacies of it, and all the details. Keys, gears and pocket watches…
Unfortunately, these things aren’t particularly chain maille. A lot of steampunk jewelry is made up of lots of little charms glued or linked together. So I’ve never attempted it… until now!
A friend of mine was interested in some steampunk jewelry for a Christmas gift, so she bought me a package of gears, propellers, and a very cool compass point design, and asked me to see what I could come up with.
And this is what happened next:
IMG_0786Granted, it took a week. And this necklace was definetly the hardest part. The propeller in the middle didn’t come with holes in the corners, so I punch though them with a nail. Fortunately, copper is relatively soft. Trying to get the pieces to hang nicely required reworking the design a couple times, and I’m still not entirely happy with it.
IMG_0791 For this bracelet, I connected the gears far tighter together than the necklace, and finished it up with a strap of European 4 in 1, in brass. Now I’m going to have to try another necklace connecting the gears in this style. IMG_0797IMG_0800 This bracelet is made of two copper byzantine chains on each side of the medallion. I had the idea almost as soon as I saw the charm, and it turned out exactly as I’d hoped. IMG_0806 I can’t wait for the patina on the copper to match the patina on the medallion. I was tempted to try and age the copper, but I think I’ll save that for another time, and let this age on its own.
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Not quite strictly chain maille, but I made one two many jewel encrusted gears for the necklace, so they were a quick throw together, and I like the way they turned out. IMG_0810I found one key in my box of miscellaneous charms, and had to use it. Once I was finished, building all my current ideas, I found another set of key charms somewhere else, so I’ll just have to make some more…IMG_0812And she loved them! It was a successful experiment in steampunk. The third and last jewelry pieces are no longer available, but I will be making more.

Icicle Necklace

This idea came from the blue & green chain necklace. I think I like this one better, though, probably because I’m used to smaller jewelry. It’s a gorgeous necklace, and despite it’s name, it can be worn all year round. Icicle Necklace$25 – Aluminum