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Posted on Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:33 pm || Last edited by Thom on Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:46 pm; edited 2 times in total
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Hello everyone, I'm Thom Tapp. I just found chain maille a few months ago and love doing it. I have thus far learned Bysantine and Box maille. I've been trying to learn inverted round with captured rings, but I have been too fumble fingered to get it right yet. I started out in lapidary, and did a lot of rock and gem hunting to build up a pretty good cutting supply of agate. Then, my sister was into silver and bead jewelry making and got me into that. I love wire work and do pendants with my cabochons, but this chain maille is as much fun as anything I've ever done. I hope to learn from all you pros here, and maybe get good enough to sell my maille.

If I get this right, some of my first works will appear below.






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Posted on Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:25 pm
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welcome! hope you enjoy the stay Razz


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Posted on Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:26 pm
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Some very nice piece you have there. Can't wait to see more of your creations in the future.

and welcome


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Posted on Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:35 pm
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Welcome and well come, Thom. I see you enjoy making jewel pieces. One good place to hawk them in person is Renaissance Festivals, where gewgaws find a ready market. Anything from slightly floppy crosses of tight-aspect-ratio boxchain on up through key fobs and large earrings.

I'm exclusively an armor mailler, having come at mail from the outside hobby of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Mail sees use in our game, and rough use at that.


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Posted on Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:01 am
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welcome aboard Thom, That box bracelet looks very sharp, best of luck.

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Posted on Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:27 am
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Love your pictures!
How did you get the beads in the queens link like that? I have to try that!

The captive inverted roundmaille is easy but you have to get the fingerings down. CGMAILLE.COM has a GREAT tutorial.
http://cgmaille.com/tutorials/invertedround.shtml

I find tho it's easier to put the closed ring inside by just plopping it in place, THEN put the side rings in on TOP of it. SO much easier! Just keep lots of open rings in the outside color so you can simply slip them where you want them while holding the already completed stuff with the other hand. Once the 3 new rings are in place you can close them without holding the done part, just let it dangle. It takes a little practice but it's one of those things, once you get it, you get it.

Good luck, hope to see more of your work! Smile


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Posted on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:30 pm
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Thanks for the kind words. I got the captured bead tutorial on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsWCbCM3Uzo

It is a free video tutorial. It is really easy to do.

Thom

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