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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This collection of chain mail themed jewelry really shows the diverse range of styles possible in a very old technique.

The introduction covers a lot of the basic tools and techniques you'll need to make the projects in the book. It starts by explaining a bit about the metal types and characteristics that make the jump rings. Then explains more about the wire sizes and shapes. Then it goes into a good overview of tools and basic jewelry making techniques.

Then into the projects. Because this is a collection of projects by different artists, there is a lot of variation. Some of them are perfect beginning projects that will offer fast gratification and basic skills. As you get comfortable, there are more challenging and time consuming projects.

The projects are very well photographed, frequently with colored rings so you can see exactly how they go together. They use many weaves. Since chain mail is one of those jewelry making techniques that is just perfect for bracelets, that's where it starts. Stacked jump rings make knot stations on a simple chain bracelet that would be lovely in an office or to wear casually.

Some of the pieces, like my personal favorite, the flat and elegant All the Hoopla necklace, are very contemporary and stylish. The Jump Rings Flowers earrings walk the line between contemporary and something that would be suitable for dressing up as a fantasy princess. Don't Fret, a bezeled guitar pick, is a perfect piece to make for a young man, or for a young man to make for himself if he's interested in chain mail.

There is enough silver and gold tone metals to satisfy the traditionalist and for people who like more color, there are pieces that made with colored finishes , glass rings and even rubber o-rings. As well as lots of beads to add color. Some of the pieces are designed specifically for art beads, to showcase that special piece of lampwork you got at a show, or even that you might have made yourself.

There are a couple projects that require torchwork, but the majority don't. You can do them with hand tools.

It's a wonderful book, one that I look forward to sharing with my son.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2012
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This book has very nice projects, and clear photos. As someone new to maille, however, I find it very frustrating that in most cases the weave in each project isnt mentioned by name. Since I'm still struggling to learn various weaves, I often find it helpful to consult various sources to learn a weave, and because of this ommission I cant do that in this case.

EDIT: months after having written this review, I see that I am mistaken. The weaves used are indeed listed, in very (very!) faint grey lettering. I apologize for the oversight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2011
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This book is a good start for a maille artist to advance their skills . Some projects are beginner easy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2013
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I am going to enjoy this book very much. Step by step directions with all the pictures needed to guide you. There is one project I will not be doing but really like, it entails a soldering station, whole new line for me, will keep with the stuff I am learning. The guitar pick pendant is going to be fun and easy to do. It is versatile and used unisex for any shape, but this is a great one for the guys especially if you have a teen to please. There is an idea given on how to make 3 chains into one (wide) one, another good one for guys. I like the fact this book does have many things that will work well for guys and teens, most jewelry books lean toward the ladies and teen girls, imagination & tweaking takes care of the little ones. I would recommend this book, I believe also that a beginner would be able to work this book. Buy it and start having fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2013
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Great book. Easy to use. Would recommend it to other individuals. People have borrowed it from me because of its complete contents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Despite the nice designs and decent instructions, I caution beginners about the samples shown in the book. The workmanship is terrible. Whoever made these does not know how to handle their pliers or close a jump ring properly. Whoever is responsible for accepting these samples and publishing them should be ashamed of themselves. I see gaps, skewed ends, and scratches in the anodized aluminum color. Feh!

On the plus side, and the reason I have not given zero or one star, there are some great designs in here, and some of my favorite designers are represented.

PS - this is a library copy. I am stubbornly refusing to give my money to a careless publisher.
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on February 14, 2015
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I bought this because it shows a design I saw on Etsy, and liked. But it turned out that there are no sources listed for any of the supplies, and the ring sizes don't match anything from my sources....
When I contacted the person who wrote the instructions for the one I wanted to make, she could not tell me what sizes I should get from my source, plus said that the book had one of the ring sizes wrong. Her advice was to try various rings, or buy her kit. So now I'm out the money for the book, plus still have to spend extra for trial and error ring sizes. Already spent over $20 on rings that don't work, so I'm certainly not going to spend that much more on a kit.
If you do get the book, BTW, the incorrect ring size is for the 20-gauge rings on page 39. They are listed as 3mm ID (Inside Dimension), but they should be 3.5mm.
Another problem for me was that several of the designs are in sterling silver, niobium, or gold....all far too expensive for me. Plus, there are two wire gauge systems, and this book uses the one that my main source only uses for the smallest rings. (except silver) That means a 16-gauge ring in the book would be an 18-gauge from my source; though the 20-gauge would be the same. Add to this the fact that none of the IDs in the book match what I can find at my sources, and it has become an immense, expensive, headache! Weeks after getting the book, I have still not been able to assemble the supplies I need for a single project.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2012
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Loved this book and was pleased with the condition of this used book. This book had great projects that appear to be easy to follow. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in chain mail jewelry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2012
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I got the book in a timely manner and in perfect condition. The book had just what i needed for making some really cool projects to help my business grow.

This was a great investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2011
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Amazing ideas!! Easy to follow directions. Beautiful layouts. Fun projects_can't wait to start completeling projects. Shown, love complete supply lists
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