ChainmailleByBim

Chainmaille for Everyone

Portland, Oregon · 1357 Sales

ChainmailleByBim

Chainmaille for Everyone

Portland, Oregon 1357 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(390)

Announcement   Welcome! My name is Bim Ditson and I have been making and selling my Chainmaille jewelry for seventeen years.

I'm here to answer any questions you might have.

I started making Chainmaille when I was nine. I started selling my work before I turned ten. Over the last sixteen years I've continued to grow my talents along with my business. Chainmaille is what I do to support myself and I take pride in every aspect of what I do. I love working with all of the amazing people who make this life possible for me.

I came up with the name Bim for myself when I was learning how to talk, and I apparently made sure it stuck. When I was barely walking I had a knack for bashing on pots and pans each morning on the kitchen floor. Each morning, after sufficiently testing the patience of my parents, I'd indulge in a hearty Lego session with any one of my three older siblings in Eugene Oregon. Next might be some drawing or origami in the craft room before refusing to wash up for dinner. Maybe some practice on the piano or French Horn.

These days I sell my jewelry at the Portland Saturday Market, The Oregon Country Fair, here on Etsy, and at several boutiques across the West Coast. I've worked on projects from the Twilight movies and for musical pop stars, to Chainmaille seat covers for motorcycles and everything in between. If it can be done with Chainmaille, I'm pretty sure that I can make it.

I'm always up to a challenge and I love innovating in my field so if you have a special idea or project let me know!

-Bim

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 24, 2017

Welcome! My name is Bim Ditson and I have been making and selling my Chainmaille jewelry for seventeen years.

I'm here to answer any questions you might have.

I started making Chainmaille when I was nine. I started selling my work before I turned ten. Over the last sixteen years I've continued to grow my talents along with my business. Chainmaille is what I do to support myself and I take pride in every aspect of what I do. I love working with all of the amazing people who make this life possible for me.

I came up with the name Bim for myself when I was learning how to talk, and I apparently made sure it stuck. When I was barely walking I had a knack for bashing on pots and pans each morning on the kitchen floor. Each morning, after sufficiently testing the patience of my parents, I'd indulge in a hearty Lego session with any one of my three older siblings in Eugene Oregon. Next might be some drawing or origami in the craft room before refusing to wash up for dinner. Maybe some practice on the piano or French Horn.

These days I sell my jewelry at the Portland Saturday Market, The Oregon Country Fair, here on Etsy, and at several boutiques across the West Coast. I've worked on projects from the Twilight movies and for musical pop stars, to Chainmaille seat covers for motorcycles and everything in between. If it can be done with Chainmaille, I'm pretty sure that I can make it.

I'm always up to a challenge and I love innovating in my field so if you have a special idea or project let me know!

-Bim

Bim Ditson

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Chainmaille Bracelet - Japanese Pattern

Chainmaille Bracelet - Japanese Pattern

$110.00

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Chainmaille Necklace - Fitted Byzantine Ladder

Chainmaille Necklace - Fitted Byzantine Ladder

$145.00

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Purple Byzantine - Chainmaille Earrings

Purple Byzantine - Chainmaille Earrings

$18.00

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Red Byzantine - Chainmaille Earrings

Red Byzantine - Chainmaille Earrings

$18.00

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Orange Byzantine - Chainmaille Earrings

Orange Byzantine - Chainmaille Earrings

$18.00

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Chainmaille Keychain - Boxchain Pattern

Chainmaille Keychain - Boxchain Pattern

$12.00

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Chainmaille Keychain - Thick Byzantine Pattern

Chainmaille Keychain - Thick Byzantine Pattern

$12.00

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Super Thin - Green Titanium - Byzantine Bracelet

Super Thin - Green Titanium - Byzantine Bracelet

$78.00

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Orange - Chainmaille Bracelet - Flat Stretchy

Orange - Chainmaille Bracelet - Flat Stretchy

$26.00

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Sterling Silver - Byzantine Bracelet

Sterling Silver - Byzantine Bracelet

$130.00

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Chainmaille Keychain

Chainmaille Keychain

$12.00

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Sterling Silver - Full Persian Necklace

Sterling Silver - Full Persian Necklace

$350.00

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Sterling Silver - Byzantine Necklace

Sterling Silver - Byzantine Necklace

$280.00

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Sterling Silver - Diamond Earrings

Sterling Silver - Diamond Earrings

$125.00

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Sterling Silver - Byzanine Earrings

Sterling Silver - Byzanine Earrings

$125.00

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Sterling Silver - Full Persian Bracelet

Sterling Silver - Full Persian Bracelet

$140.00

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Sterling Silver - Byzantine Necklace

Sterling Silver - Byzantine Necklace

$325.00

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Thick Red - Chainmaille Bracelet - Byzantine

Thick Red - Chainmaille Bracelet - Byzantine

$34.00

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Micro Maille - Byzantine Chainmaille Bracelet

Micro Maille - Byzantine Chainmaille Bracelet

$78.00

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(390)
kh185

kh185 on Feb 5, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Bim customized this bracelet for me and it turned out fantastic. He is really easy to work with, has great ideas/suggestions and is very responsive. This is the second piece I've ordered from him and I am already planning the next one!!! Bim, you rock!

jayne671

jayne671 on Feb 3, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Love my new chain, it has a great feel & quality work. Bim was very responsive & easy to work with to custom the clasp for me. Fast shipping & carefully packaged too.

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Here's a neat little trick I taught myself!

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Chainmaille Bracelet - Angel Byzantine

Chainmaille Bracelet - Angel Byzantine

$122.00

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Here's a really really thin Full Persian necklace I made today!

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I love it when I get to build super cool stuff into my work for folks!

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Chainmaille Necklace - Split Byzantine Pattern

Chainmaille Necklace - Split Byzantine Pattern

$180.00

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About

I've been making Chainmaille every day since I was nine.

I started making Chainmaille as a hobby. When I was nine my older brother had a friend who was making Chainmaille armor and I got him to teach me how to do it myself. I must be the right kind of crazy for this type of work because by the time I was ten I had convinced my dad to help me make a booth for the Saturday Market in my hometown Eugene Oregon. Selling at market from a young age informed both my art and my personality in many ways. I learned to be kind. I learned to work hard and to serve my community. I learned to love conversation and real connections with my customers.

After selling in Eugene for 8 years it was time for me to move to Portland, OR to try out a larger city. I instantly fell in love with Portland and have lived here ever since. It's a place where you can succeed without cutting anyone's throat. I sell at the Portland Saturday Market every Saturday and Sunday. I play in a band and I go to local shows every night, seeing around 900 bands play each year. I ride my bike in the rain, sleep in on Mondays, and work 1,200 hours from June to August. In the summer I run a 32 band basketball tournament that's played all over the city on the regulation height hoop that I bolted to the top of my band's tour van.

So what does this all have to do with Etsy? Nothing. When I started my Etsy shop in 2009 I told myself that it would be an extension of what I already do every day, I guess if I were to put that into business terms I'd say that my brand is a lifestyle brand--no need to create an intangible ideal to sell my work. I'm a tangible, and my idea is to make things that can speak to my customers directly with no sales pitch. I've got roughly 49,000 hours of experience making my work.

Shop members

  • Bim Ditson

    Owner, I Do Everything Myself

    I'm a lifelong Chainmaille maker who also plays drums in a band. I've had a booth at Saturday market for sixteen years selling my creations. I am an active advocate for arts and music access and cultivation here in Portland, OR.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 21, 2018
Welcome to my shop!

Here are some things I've found folks like to know right off the bat:

- I make all of the items I offer on my Etsy myself. I start everything from raw materials and make my own links by hand. This is my sole source of income and I appreciate every single person who supports me by purchasing a piece of my life's work.

- Jewelry can be frustrating to buy for people with unique wrist and neck sizes. That's why I offer free custom sizing for everything I sell.

- I am here for you. Ask me anything! I'll promptly reply with all the answers you're seeking!

-Bim

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Check
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Of course I take returns! the only thing I ask is that the item be returned to me in it's original state within one business week of when you receive it for a full refund or trade-in for an item worth the same amount as what you're returning.

I also size everything I sell. If you receive an item from me and realize you actually wanted it slightly longer or shorter, I'm happy to have you send it back and I'll adjust it for you and I'll even pay to ship it back to you. When it comes down to it, my goal is for you to wear and enjoy my art.

Thanks!

-Bim
Payment
You can purchase my work using any of the payment options available on Etsy. I don't have any preferences regarding payment methods other than it being whichever you're most comfortable with using.
Shipping
I ship everything via USPS and I typically turn orders the same day or the following day that they are placed! You can choose the USPS shipping service you'd like when you check out so whether you need it right away or have plenty of time I'm happy to make it happen.

I take pride in my careful and prompt execution of every order I receive.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you're interested in purchasing my work wholesale or would to have some of my work on consignment at your store. Let me know what you're interested in working out and I'll be happy to quote wholesales prices, design a catered stock for consignment, or arrange any other larger orders you might have in mind.