Why do you like chainmaille? What's not to like?? There is a huge variety of weaves and styles, you can incorporate color and watching a few rings develop into a lovely piece of jewelry is just fun.
What is your favorite type of ring? I'm a huge fan of anodized aluminum! It's lightweight, colorful, and easy to work with. I love 18g rings.
What items do you prefer to make? I love making bracelets using the Euro 4n1 weave. It's my favorite way to bring in color.
Which weave would you like to learn that you don't currently know? Oh, so many! I really only know a few weaves, byzantine, Euro 4n1, shaggy loops, you know the beginner weaves. I'd love to learn parallel and spiral and jens pind and - well, as I said, so many!
Which piece are you most proud of? Probably my chakra bracelet. I love the way the colors flow into each other.
What advice would you give to someone who was considering Chainmaille? Get good, comfortable pliers that won't strain your hands. My 12 year old niece loves to make simple 2n1 bracelets or anklets for her friends using metal and rubber rings. It's her birthday and I'm giving her a selection of enameled copper and rubber rings with a couple of pairs of pliers. Here is what I tell her: be patient and have fun!
Thank you Maureen and welcome to the ArtFire Chainmaille Guild. You can see more of Maureen's work at M2bC on ArtFire