Janine's Profile

About

*About the Artist*
Janine is a chain maille artist and theatre professional. After attending NYU for directing and touring with Broadway shows for a decade, she decided to move to FL to be near the beach and sleep in her own bed every night. She continues to work in theatre full time while also pursuing her maille obsession.


*About Chain Maille*
Chain Maille consists of small metal rings linked together to form a mesh fabric. It is used to make many things including jewelry or (back in the day) armour. Maille was invented some time in the mid 1st millennium BC, but it is unknown where and by whom it was first used.


*Tools*
Maille can be made with household tools (cutters, mandrel for wire coiling, and pliers for knitting). In fact,…

Read more

  • Female
  • Born on November 20
  • Joined May 23, 2007

Favorite materials

metal, wire, copper, aluminum, sterling silver, stainless steel, anodized aluminum, enameled copper, titanium, gold fill, enamel glass, herbs

Shop

About

*About the Artist*
Janine is a chain maille artist and theatre professional. After attending NYU for directing and touring with Broadway shows for a decade, she decided to move to FL to be near the beach and sleep in her own bed every night. She continues to work in theatre full time while also pursuing her maille obsession.


*About Chain Maille*
Chain Maille consists of small metal rings linked together to form a mesh fabric. It is used to make many things including jewelry or (back in the day) armour. Maille was invented some time in the mid 1st millennium BC, but it is unknown where and by whom it was first used.


*Tools*
Maille can be made with household tools (cutters, mandrel for wire coiling, and pliers for knitting). In fact, almost all of the chain maille items you will see in my shop have been coiled, cut, and finally woven by me. A simple bracelet can have hundreds of rings in it and easily take an hour or more to weave whereas a piece of armour will have thousands of rings and can take a couple of weeks to weave.


*Info on the Metals*
I make nearly all of my chain maille jewelry using non-precious metals to help keep prices low for my customers, but not at the expense of the piece.

Bright aluminum is just as shiny as sterling silver and is commonly mistaken for it; plus it's only 1/3 the weight of steel. It is also highly tarnish resistant. If it dulls, all you have to do is wash it with hot, soapy water to get the original shine back. Please note that if bright aluminum stains your skin (similar to copper turning skin green), you may be anemic.

Copper is another favorite metal of mine. There's a bit more weight to it than bright aluminum and has such a beautiful warm glow. Many people ask if copper will turn their skin green. Copper oxidizes by darkening and then turning green, just as sterling does so by tarnishing and iron does so by rusting. It's a natural process and the environment determines how quickly it happens. It happens faster in high humidity, but the speed of oxidation is also affected by the body chemistry of different people. Some people wear copper every day and it never turns green and some people wear it and it turns in one day. Some people can turn sterling dark in one day, too. We're all different in that way. Also, I'm not an expert, but there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest it might help people reduce the pain of arthritis. When copper oxidizes, all you have to do is rinse it around in some lemon juice with a pinch of salt to get it super bright and shiny again.

Rose gold is a beautiful relative of the more widely used yellow gold. Rose gold is actually a gold and copper alloy. The higher the copper content, the stronger the red coloration: resulting in red, rose, and even pink gold. It's a really beautiful, warm metal.

Stainless steel is also known as corrosion resistant steel because it does not corrode or rust as easily as steel. It is extremely strong and has a nice weight to it. Stainless steel is a nice shiny, yet dark silver color.

Convo me if you see something you like, but would like to order it in a different metal.


**************************************************

You can also check me out at:
Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/athenasarmoury/
Blog
http://athenasarmoury.blogspot.com/

**************************************************

Proud member of Etsy Bloggers Street Team, FAE (Fantasy Artists of Etsy) Street Team, FEST (Florida Etsy Street Team), Etsy Chainmaillers Guild (ECG).

Unfollow username?

Are you sure you want to stop following this person?