Chainmaille Jewelry: Not Just for Knights

Rebecca Warda: Jewelry

I am a jewelry maker living in Media (PA), the small town where I was born and raised.  I grew up in an artistic family and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love making things.  I’ve always been drawn to things that require patience – chair caning, quilting, embroidery.  For the last 15 years or so, I’ve been making jewelry.

My favorite technique is chainmaille.  Not just for knights anymore, chainmaille weaves are beautiful as jewelry. It involves opening and closing hundreds of metal rings, requiring a lot of patience, but it’s so much fun to watch the pattern develop. My pieces are lightweight and easy to care for, made mostly of bright aluminum and enameled copper.

Another technique I love is Kumihimo, a Japanese method of braiding silk strands together to make a very strong cord originally used to hold various pieces of a Samurai’s armor together. My necklaces are made with eight strands of strong nylon cord, loaded with beads of different sizes.

I’ve recently retired after almost 38 years managing a small university art museum/gallery.  I look forward to growing my Etsy shop and many hours of happy jewelry making!

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