A new week, and a new ArtFire Chainmaille Guild featured member. This week it is BnBCreations. Let's get to know them a little better.
1)How long have you been a Chainmailler?
We've been doing Chainmaille now for about a year. It all started when Becky started making beaded jewelry and saw that people were using the jumpring by themselves for jewelry. She tried a couple of things and it looked interesting to Brian so he tried it as well. We've been doing it together ever since.
2)Why do you like Chainmaille?
Becky likes it because it's one thing she can be creative in and come up with new designs. Brian likes it because of the patterns and it gives his never still hands something to do. Becky likes to add things to the chainmaille like feathers or beads and Brian likes to leave it as pure chain.
3)What is your favourite type of ring?
We really don't have a favorite type of ring. Each type of ring has it's use in a pattern. Some of the more glamorous ones (such as silver) are nice but expensive. We primarily use bright aluminum or anodized aluminum because they are very affordable yet still look great.
4)What kind of items do you prefer to make?
We primarily make jewelry. Anything from necklaces to earrings to anklets to necklaces. We've also made some juggling balls (Brian can juggle five of them). Our best sellers so far are bracelets made in the Half Persian pattern.
5)Which weave would you like to learn that you dont currently know?
We definitely want to start doing Dragonscale. Brian is planning on making a watchband for himself out of dragonscale.
6)Which piece are you most proud of?
Becky is most proud of the Half Persian necklace with the tiger eye accents and matching earrings.Brian is most proud of the choker with the looping chains and center piece.
7)What advice would you give to someone who was considering doing Chainmaille?
The best advice we could give would be, if you are going to jewelry, buy your rings. Don't start by trying to learn to make your rings while your trying to figure out the patterns, simply buy the appropriate rings and work on the creative part of the designs. Once you feel confident with the chainmailling portion, you can then start to make your own rings.
Thank you very much Becky and Brian, its great having you in the ArtFire Chainmaille Guild, and BnBCreations has some fabulous items.