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Article © MAIL User: Charon

I've given a lot of thought since I started crafting maille only a few months ago, about how to make a piece uniquely mine. Something like a trademark built into a larger piece that could be looked at from a distance and everyone knows who made it.

Obviously, this isn't always possible with jewelry, but for clothing or armour-like pieces, it became a goal to do more than just a patch of something that fit my arm.

I toyed with the idea of stitching a ridge of Captive Inverted Round or something into the back of my bracers, and that didn't work out at all like I planned. Actually, it didn't work out at all.

What I came up with, was a pair of 90 degree inversions: Inverting Rows on 90 & 45 Degree Angles (Both Directions), at the center line, connected to one another by Gridlock. The inversions and Gridlock together give a nice three-dimensional standoff in the piece that is quite visible from a distance.

Image: charonbracer.jpg

I've already determined this can be used the same way in virtually any clothing or armour-like piece to give it my own personal signature.

To get to the point of this submission though, is to encourage maillers to develop a signature style. Don't just make a hauberk, make a hauberk that incorporates a very unique gorget, or always use brass rings at your shoulder seams, or edge-trim everything in a unique way.

The other facet that needs emphasis, is to be honest about your work. I honestly don't mind if someone really likes my signature and wants to use it, but please, please, give credit where it's due, no matter who you borrow from. Just the same as claiming a weave that wasn't your design. Everyone seems pretty laid back here, no one's going around telling anyone you mustn't use these connections because they invented it.

This is an art form, and we love to be recognized for our own work, and we'd all hope not to be confused with someone else.
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