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Silver Half Persian - Modelled by zikes Silver Half Persian - Modelled by zikes
I've posted this necklace before, but it looks much better on the lovely *phraseology than on my display :)

The necklace is made from 22 gauge sterling silver, with a 1/8 inch inner diameter for the rings (I think) and made with the half persian weave.

The copyright's there because *phraseology took the photo, but she gave me permission to use it. The original deviation is here: https://www.deviantart.com/view/37236829/
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:icongleamingmoon:
Gleamingmoon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wondering but what's Chainmaille?
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:iconabfc:
Abfc Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, wow. So this is what Chainmaille is. >_> I thought it meant, like, chain letters. XD
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Professional Artist
:lol: "Chain mail" is both chain letters and metal armor, so to prevent the confusion (and make searching a little easier) folks on teh internets have taken to calling it "chain maille" or "maille" or, in my case, "chainmaille" since you're guaranteed to get the subject you're after when you search for that :)
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:iconabfc:
Abfc Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Gotcha. ;p
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:iconadmytica:
Admytica Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006
you, sir, are truly talented. I wish I could do these things too - my neckies are just nonsense.
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006  Professional Artist
Thanks! :glomp: But yours are anything but nonsense, my biggest weakness is not being able to do decent beadwork. The folks that make the best necklaces are the ones that can do good bead and wire work :nod:

If you're interested in getting started with chainmaille I could give you a hand, it's really much easier than it looks :)
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:iconadmytica:
Admytica Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006
I would love to start maille:) what would I need?
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2006  Professional Artist
ah that depends on where along the line in the process you'd prefer to start. You can make your own rings, which is a bit more time consuming and can be a little challenging but saves a lot of money, or you can order them online. Here in the U.S. I know of two major providers for chainmaille rings, Decordene Wireworks and The Ring Lord. They're small businesses, but it's a small industry, and that's where most maillers go when they order rings :)

However, considering the distance shipping costs would likely be a bit more than you'd prefer, so it might be best to make your own rings unless you can find a provider near you. They also sell the supplies you'd need for that, which isn't much.

The process for making rings is fairly simple. The first step is to take the raw wire and wrap it around a rod of some sort to form a tight coil, or spring. For smaller, lighter wire this can be done by hand, as I did for this necklace here. However, for larger rings and thicker wire you'd need a special rod with a hole drilled through it. You place the rod in a variable speed hand drill (variable speed means the speed is controlled by the pressure you put on the trigger) and thread the wire through that hole, then slowly power up the drill and guide the wire along the rod.

Once you have a completed coil you simply cut the rings from it. There's been a lot of debate as to what method for cutting is best, but I've always preferred good old diagonal cutters. Diagonal cutters can result in small burrs and sharp points at each end of the ring, so some people don't like them, but they're portable, efficient, and cheap.

Once you have the rings assembling them is the fun part. There are hundreds of different weaves, most of which are documented on the M.A.I.L. web site. For a good list of basics and excellent tutorials you might also check out Derakon's Library.
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:iconadmytica:
Admytica Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2006
whookay.. this could be more of a challenge than I thought :) but I think you're right, that the postage for shipping from the US would be a bit high.. I'll see if I can find some local dealer. somebody's bound to have the wire anyway... I think...
thanks! :hug:
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006  Professional Artist
oi! I forgot to mention, the best source I've found for silver wire is Fire Mountain Gems (which appears to be undergoing site maintenance at the moment). I get most all of my silver wire from them, and postage shouldn't be too bad.
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:iconadmytica:
Admytica Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
I'll see what I get done then! Thankies!
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:iconchesterbandme:
chesterbandme Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006
c: I'm Persian! & It's pretty.
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2006  Professional Artist
Awesome! :highfive: Don't believe I've met someone of Persian nationality before :D
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:iconchesterbandme:
chesterbandme Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2006
0': Maybe you have but you don't know it!
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2006  Professional Artist
I would like to think that, but I wouldn't count on it. My area of the country's not very ethically diverse, unfortunately D:
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:iconchesterbandme:
chesterbandme Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2006
DDD: Well we're everywhere. AND IF YOU CAN'T FIND ONE OF US ... LA IS THE PLACE TO GO!
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:iconlindstar:
lindstar Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
I don't know what I like better, the delicacy of the necklace or your collarbones. I definitely like the two together.
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Professional Artist
Thank you :thanks: I couldn't have asked for a better model for the necklace than *phraseology :)
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:iconlindstar:
lindstar Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
correction: her collarbones
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:iconkaichai:
kaichai Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006
That's rather beautiful. The girl has a nice set of clavicles. :D Good work!
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2006  Professional Artist
Thanks! The model makes it look even better :D
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:iconkaichai:
kaichai Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006
Yep! I completely agree.
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:iconsakanuumia:
Sakanuumia Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2006
Looks very complicated..

The model has a bery nice neck :giggle:
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:iconphraseology:
phraseology Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006
OMFG yes! it is, I tried to relink one of them that came loose but since I R Stupid I'm letting him fix it instead. :paranoid: lol
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Sakanuumia Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006
:giggle: How cruel.. heheh ^^,
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:iconcinyke:
Cinyke Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2006
Wow, that looks really cool.
I could so see myself wearing one, and maybe but a charm on it, if that is possible.
Yeah, really nicely done.
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losttotheart Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006
very nice work
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Professional Artist
Thank you :thanks:
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Hurray for chain jewelry! :w00t:

You definitely get a better idea where it would lay on the skin with a model than a display too!
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Professional Artist
I much prefer having it modelled over using that display stand of mine :nod:
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:iconmissm69:
MissM69 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006
So pretty you do excellent work sir :clap:
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Professional Artist
Thank you :D Hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on more silver soon so I can make more :plotting:
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:iconmissm69:
MissM69 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006
You're welcome ^^

do you sell any of the things you make? :)
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Professional Artist
Not actively, but people are free to make an offer if anything catches their eye. I mostly just give them away now, which is still fun :D
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:iconmissm69:
MissM69 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006
Good to know because I really like your work maybe in the near future might ask for one :D
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The-Red-Onimusha Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006   Traditional Artist
wow. it's well crafted.
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Professional Artist
Thank you :thanks:
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EgyptianWolf Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006
...:wow: That's so cool...and pretty...I wish I could craft things like that...0_0
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Professional Artist
Thank you :thanks:
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:iconkeiross:
keiross Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive work man :thumbsup:
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006  Professional Artist
Thanks :D I need to get my hands on more silver to make more of these :plotting:
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:iconmeatball-man:
Meatball-man Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice work man great stuff :thumbsup: nice to see something from ya
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Professional Artist
Thank you :thanks:
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:iconalaskanexile:
AlaskanExile Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Great craftsmanship! Not to mention your lovely model. ;)
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Professional Artist
She makes the necklace look good :D
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:iconalaskanexile:
AlaskanExile Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd say they compliment each other nicely. :)
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:iconchajester:
chajester Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2006
it's sooo pretty! =D
whenever i come across your other picture (or this one, in this case) i'm always amazed that like... a person made that! it's just so beautiful!!!
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:iconwisdom-of-trees:
wisdom-of-trees Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh! So, so pretty! I really like it!
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006  Professional Artist
Thanks! I need to pick up more silver, I haven't made a new necklace in a while :plotting:
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Victorie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you know, i still need to get you to make me another chainmaille bikini. the old one i had is a bit too tight about the chest now, if ya know what i mean, and i've been meaning to get a better one made.
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