DevonMakesThese

Chainmaille and Other Things

West Keansburg, New Jersey On Etsy since 2009

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DevonMakesThese

Chainmaille and Other Things

West Keansburg, New Jersey | 33 Sales

Announcement    I love to see something complex made from simple materials. My goal is to create things that are hard-wearing and practical, but also pleasing to look at and to handle. This shop is a home for the things I want to share. Since I started as a maker of chainmail in 2005, I've learned more than I thought possible, and am still exploring.

Please do not hesitate to message me about special requests or collaborations! I will always provide a price estimate before starting a custom project and keep you updated during production in case of unexpected costs, and I love to talk with people who love to make things. You can read more about my work on my website at DevonMakesThese.com (but all sales are through this Etsy shop). Thanks for visiting!

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Last updated on Mar 10, 2019

I love to see something complex made from simple materials. My goal is to create things that are hard-wearing and practical, but also pleasing to look at and to handle. This shop is a home for the things I want to share. Since I started as a maker of chainmail in 2005, I've learned more than I thought possible, and am still exploring.

Please do not hesitate to message me about special requests or collaborations! I will always provide a price estimate before starting a custom project and keep you updated during production in case of unexpected costs, and I love to talk with people who love to make things. You can read more about my work on my website at DevonMakesThese.com (but all sales are through this Etsy shop). Thanks for visiting!

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About DevonMakesThese

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On Etsy since 2009

It Starts with Wire and...

My goal is always to create useful, practical items that are just a touch out of the ordinary and made of equal parts know-how and physical material. My maille all comes to me as straight wire, which I coil and cut into perfect circles and then weave into all kinds of things.

As a child my mother taught me to sew and embroider, and I learned to crochet out of a library book around the age of 12, all the while nursing a secret enthusiasm for all arts obsolete. Jewelry also came to me at about that age in the form of beading and a Saturday morning class for middle-school aged kids, and I found it an accessible and portable way to bring novelty and imagination to every day life, as well as a great way to keep my hands busy. Metalwork didn't come to me until college, and then it was in the oddest of ways. I took a course on Middle English literature, and was told that for the final assignment I would need to write a paper on "The Quest," which was a spiritual theme as much as a plot in many of our reading assignments. The catch? As research, we would each have to go on a small quest of our own.

Never one to miss out on an opportunity to push a theme too far, I immediately went back to the dorm and searched the 2005 internet for "chainmail." I knew that making things by hand was an integral part of who I was, so for my research I would explore that aspect of myself by learning a new craft from scratch. My first rings were made from copper wire wrapped around a pencil, and the bits of chain produced were duly pinned to cardboard, labeled and presented with several pages of personal reflection to the professor.

I did okay in that class for a freshman. But I also started my small business in my dorm room, with coils of wire piled under my desk. The next year I joined a historical fencing club, and became a volunteer in the blacksmith shop at a living history museum. After college I went to trade school for fine jewelry and got a job in the jewelry manufacturing trade, but I still like to come home and explore all the ways to combine those little circles, and create things that are as interesting as gold and diamonds but accessible to anyone who likes to wear a little fantasy. In the near future I hope to grow my business a bit and begin combining chainmaille with my fine jewelry training, but I'm taking it one step at a time, because as silly as it sounds, there is really no other way to get through a Quest.

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  • Devon

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I started learning chainmaille in 2005 as a research element for a class I was taking on Middle English literature. The theme of the assignment was "The Quest." I've been working with metal ever since and it has been quite a trip!

Shop policies

Last updated on August 18, 2018
Thanks for shopping! Please do not hesitate to message me with questions about any of my policies before making a purchase.

Customers purchasing from a New Jersey address will be charged our state's 7% sales tax.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 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)
Returns and exchange details
I hope you will love your purchase, or at least want to keep it, but if not I will refund or exchange provided that you contact me within two weeks of receiving the item, and return it to me in an unworn and fully salable condition. Any damage due to inferior workmanship on my part will be repaired free of charge.

There may be charges for repairs due to misuse or long-term wear-and-tear (though this is chainmaille, and you will find most of it quite sturdy). There may also be charges for substantial resizing of bracelets and necklaces. I strongly recommend that you measure some of your own jewelry for comparison before ordering if you are uncertain about sizing. The customer will be responsible for all shipping costs (both ways) if alterations are required after the product is received.

Fitting

People, and their various limbs, do not come in standard sizes. For this reason I recommend measuring a favorite bracelet or necklace of your own for comparison before ordering if you have a strong preference about the length. Bear in mind that thicker chains tend to hang slightly shorter than thinner ones. Lengths on most items can be adjusted, however, there may be charges for additions of more than 1".
Payment
I accept Direct Checkout and Paypal, and prefer to be paid within five days. Your order will not ship until payment has been received.
Shipping
Small items such as bracelets and earrings will typically ship within one week of purchase. Due to frequent changes in inventory, please allow two weeks for larger items. I like to keep one of everything in stock and ready to ship, but it isn't always possible, so If you are in a hurry please contact me for my most current inventory situation.

All items ship USPS First Class mail or Priority Mail, depending on customer choice.

Please message me before making your purchase if you have special requests about shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Care and Keeping of Chainmaille Jewelry:

The metals I use will not rust or corrode under any circumstances jewelry is likely to encounter. I advise against storing your purchase in your fish tank or similar damp environment, but other than that, I wouldn't worry. There are, however, a few things to know about my materials:

Stainless Steel:
Stainless is very durable and will not oxidize. If it gets dirty, wash it with soap and water.

Aluminum:
I use a bright aluminum alloy which oxidizes very little and will not turn visibly dark. It may, however, begin to leave dark marks on the skin, especially if worn infrequently. Wash it with soap and water to keep it clean, and let it dry thoroughly before putting it away.

Copper:
Your copper jewelry will not ever turn green if it is given a minimal amount of attention (remember what I said about not storing jewelry in the fish tank?). Over time it will develop a brown patina which many people find attractive. Like with sterling silver, the more frequently it is handled, the more slowly the tarnish develops, and the less likely it is to rub off on your skin. If you do not wear your copper regularly or wish to keep it bright, clean it with a mild acid solution. For a quick clean, rub a slice of lemon over the chain for a minute or two and then rinse it off. To be more thorough, drop it into a glass and fill it with a mix of white vinegar and water until it is covered and let it sit for a few minutes. Let your copper dry thoroughly before putting it away.

Most people do not turn colors from wearing copper unless they have a sensitivity to metals, however, a heavily oxidized piece can rub off on you a bit if it isn't given at least a light cleaning before wear. Should you neglect this, a little cold cream or other makeup removal product will help to clean it off your skin.

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Please don't hesitate to contact me about custom or wholesale orders! I am always looking for an excuse to try a new project. I am also happy to provide any of my offerings in quantity, but it may take some time, depending on current inventory. If you'd like to discuss wholesale or consignment terms, just send me a conversation.