Here we are again introducing another of our ArtFire Chainmaille Guild members. This week it is our pleasure to introduce Janice of JTRJewelryStudioLLC. Let's see how she answered our regular questions.
Why do you like Chainmaille? I rapidly became hooked on the art of chainmaille. I love its intricacies and the challenge it presents and feel a great sense of accomplishment when I have mastered a new weave.
What is your favourite type of ring? So far, my favorite type of ring is the box ring. I like its deceptive simplicity and its rather "streamlined" look. My second favorite ring is Japanese lace, primarily because it so much fun to weave.
What kind of items do you prefer to make? I have made bracelets, earrings, and necklaces utilizing chainmaille. Overall, I prefer to make bracelets probably because I don't usually wear necklaces.
Which weave would you like to learn that you don't currently know? There are many, many weaves that I don't yet know. Therefore, I can't pick just one that I would most like to learn. I would like to learn as many as possible.
Which piece are you most proud of? I think the piece I am most proud of is my first Japanese Lace bracelet. I was so pleased to be able to master the weave and immediately sold two of them when I posted a picture of my first bracelet on my Facebook page.
What advice would you give to someone who was considering doing Chainmaille? The advice I would give to anyone considering chainmaille is... Don't let it intimidate you! Also, if you are able, purchase a Flex Shaft so that you can control the size and quality of your rings. In addition, purchase as many books as you can on the art of chainmaille, as each has something different to offer.
Thanks Janice! Welcome to the guild. Be sure to check out JTRJewelryStudioLLC for more of her fantastic work.