Then two years ago I came upon an antique chainmaille purse. From that day onwards I wanted to be a chainmailler!
At first I was buying manufactured jumprings, but I now painstakingly make my own. This involves hand-coiling wire around a mandrel (I have metal mandrels but also use knitting needles for size) and then hand-cutting the coil with a jewellers saw to create individual rings. I then weave my chainmaille with two hand pliers to open and close each ring.
My Jewellery pieces are like my children, they all have names and history. They are individual, beautiful and durable. Chainmaille has been around for two thousand years, possibly longer (the Celts are often credited with inventing it). It is traditionally thought of as armour not jewellery! However I am hoping to help keep this incredibly old skill alive in a contemporary way.
Jewellery is my passion, however I also love to make purses, and am currently devising a line of male Jewellery, including keyrings, pouches and wallet chains. I have also begun experimenting with some wire wrapping techniques. Look out for more wire wrapping in the future!
See you at the Market. Cheers Michelle"