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Silver Half Persian - Modelled
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Published: July 31, 2006
© 2006 - 2019 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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IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot G3
Shutter Speed
1/79 second
Aperture
F/2.5
Focal Length
16 mm
Date Taken
Jul 31, 2006, 3:45:09 PM
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GleamingmoonHobbyist Digital Artist
Just wondering but what's Chainmaille?
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Oh, wow. So this is what Chainmaille is. >_> I thought it meant, like, chain letters. XD
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zikesProfessional 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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AbfcHobbyist Photographer
Gotcha. ;p
Admytica's avatar
you, sir, are truly talented. I wish I could do these things too - my neckies are just nonsense.
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zikesProfessional 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 :)
Admytica's avatar
I would love to start maille:) what would I need?
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zikesProfessional 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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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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zikesProfessional 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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I'll see what I get done then! Thankies!
chesterbandme's avatar
c: I'm Persian! & It's pretty.
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zikesProfessional Artist
Awesome! :highfive: Don't believe I've met someone of Persian nationality before :D
chesterbandme's avatar
0': Maybe you have but you don't know it!
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zikesProfessional 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:
chesterbandme's avatar
DDD: Well we're everywhere. AND IF YOU CAN'T FIND ONE OF US ... LA IS THE PLACE TO GO!
lindstar's avatar
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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zikesProfessional Artist
Thank you :thanks: I couldn't have asked for a better model for the necklace than *phraseology :)
lindstar's avatar
correction: her collarbones
kaichai's avatar
That's rather beautiful. The girl has a nice set of clavicles. :D Good work!
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zikesProfessional Artist
Thanks! The model makes it look even better :D
kaichai's avatar
Yep! I completely agree.
Sakanuumia's avatar
Looks very complicated..

The model has a bery nice neck :giggle:
phraseology's avatar
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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