Bracelets and pearls, korujuttuja

PiinaranneketjuI’ve made quite a number of chainmail bracelets for graduation gifts and birthday presents. Usually I use a weave called the byzantine chain, or “king’s chain” as it’s called in my native finnish. The weave of this slightly less elaborate design is called the ‘Jens pind’. This particular bracelet was woven from little rings with the inner diameter of 3mm. For the rings I used a 1mm thick solid silver wire, winding it around a knitting needle. For more info on how it was made and the chainmail technique see the post on the byzantine bracelet.

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Tällaisia hopealangasta punottuja ranneketjuja olen valmistanut lukuisia mm. valmistumislahjaksi. Tämä on samalla tekniikalla tehty kuin aikaisemman postauksen kuningasketju, mutta punosmallin nimi on suomeksi ´piina´- mistä lie johtuu! Hopealangan paksuus on 1mm ja renkaan sisämitta 3mm.

JadekorutThis is a set of sea green jewellery I made many years ago – in one of my favourite colours. The jade beads are separated with tiny silver rings, one large silver coated bead and a silver clasp.

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Tämän korusetin tein itselleni monta vuotta sitten pidettäväksi vedenvihreiden lempivaatteitteni kanssa. Jadehelmien seurana on pienen pieniä hopearenkaita, yksi isompi hopeoitu helmi ja hopeinen jousilukko.

Vedenvihreiden hopealukotAs you can see in the picture above the silver parts had tarnished badly over the years, so I decided to take the bracelet and necklace apart to clean them properly. After dipping them into a silver cleaning liquid and retieing the chains using some nylon coated beading wire, they look nice and shiny again. Here below on the same colour fabric I bought to make myself a new spring outfit 🙂

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Hopeiset lukot ja helmet olivat pahoin mustuneet, joten päätin puhdistaa ne upottamalla osat hopeankiillotusnesteeseen. Se edellytti ketjujen purkamista ja punomista uudelleen nylon päällysteiseen koruvaijeriin, mutta nyt ne kiiltelevät taas kauniisti.

Vedenvihreät korut

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Byzantine chain, Kuningasketju

Inspired by my son´s adventurous historical hobbies, I broadened my jewellery making a couple of years ago from beads to chainmail. This design is a very popular one, probably as old as the byzantine times, as the name suggests. It feels and looks quite luxurious but at the same time it´s very easy to wear. I just started a new bracelet to give to yet another dear friend. Ketjut Ever since he was little, my son has been fascinated by history. Continue reading