Announcement Welcome to my shop, featuring classic chainmaille jewelry with a modern fantasy twist. Every piece is hand crafted from the highest quality metals. Take a moment, browse around, be inspired!
Welcome to my shop, featuring classic chainmaille jewelry with a modern fantasy twist. Every piece is hand crafted from the highest quality metals. Take a moment, browse around, be inspired!
Bill Daves on Feb 12, 2017
Incredible beautiful craftsmanship!!
Girl meets Chainmaille, Addiction Ensues
I've always been creative. In fact, that was the word my parents and teachers used to describe me most when I was growing up (It wasn't always a compliment.) For a while I was a writer, and then a painter, and I even dabbled a bit in jewelry making--mostly wirework, beading, that sort of thing. However, I didn't discover my true artistic calling until one bitterly cold evening in December of 2013.
I was walking down an ordinary street in Chicago when a new store caught my eye. A glittering display of the most gorgeous jewelry I'd ever seen filled the windows. Mesmerized, I stepped inside and immediately began to browse. Until that moment I'd thought that chainmail existed only as medieval armor, but I was about to learn just how wrong I was. As I stood in the middle of the first chainmaille retail store in the country, I felt a whole new world opening up to me.
Then I looked at the price tags. Bubbles bursting, heart breaking. I wanted to own all of the glorious creations, but poor school teacher that I was, I couldn't afford a single one. Disappointed, I was about to leave and continue on with my life when the employee working that night, a chainmaille artist himself, told me the shop offered classes. In fact, they had a five week introductory course starting next month! I signed up on the spot.
From the moment I got the pliers in my hands, I was in love. I'd never known anything quite so satisfying as sliding a jump ring into place on a weave. I'd always thought I was bad at math--who knew I had a latent talent for pattern recognition? Over the next few months I spent a small fortune on rings. I made a new piece every night after I got home from work and taught myself new weaves at an astonishing rate. Pretty soon I had more jewelry than I could wear in a month and more supplies than could fit in my living room.
Finally a fellow chainmailler pointed out to me that I really needed to start selling my work. I knew she was right, but I had no clue how to start a small business. I read books and articles on the subject, I talked to everyone I knew about it, but still it felt like a daunting task. Then an incredible opportunity fell into my lap.
If anyone has ever been to a renaissance fair, you know it's a fantastic place, filled with creative, friendly people in incredible costumes and a dazzling array of beautiful handmade goods for sale. I'd always had a secret fantasy of working there but never thought I'd get the chance. But in July of 2014, two amazing crafters took me on as apprentice in their shop at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin. I had the most magical seven weekends, learned more about the business side of crafting than I could hold in my head, and even got the chance to sell some of my own pieces there. By the end of it, Talespun Maille was born.
These days I'm an elementary school teacher by day and a master mailler by night, busy honing my skills and learning new weaves, making ever more jewelry to sell in my store. I've brought chainmaille into my school as well. I run an after-school chainmaille club for 3rd-8th graders twice a week, and it's as much fun seeing their faces light up when they learn a new weave or technique as it is when I do myself. After all, just because I had to wait nearly 30 years to discover chainmaille doesn't mean everyone needs to!
Chainmaille is my passion and my refuge, the most rewarding artistic expression I've experienced. I can't wait to see where it will take me next!
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Owner, Creator, Designer
About the Artist:
I’m a school teacher by day, master crafter by night. I discovered the secret world of chainmaille in December of 2013 and it was love at first sight. Jewelry making is my relaxation, my passion and my art; I love nothing better than sharing it with the world. I founded Talespun Maille just to support my chainmailling habit, but it has quickly grown into a full time passion.
About the Jewelry:
Each piece I make is unique and special to me, so I am dedicated to ensuring you love it as much as I do. I use only the finest materials to ensure the highest quality product. Anything made with Bright Aluminum (silver-tone), Anodized Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Niobium or Anodized Niobium are hypoallergenic, as are the surgical steel ear hooks.
I love doing custom pieces, so if you have the perfect piece in mind but don’t see it on the site, send me a message! Also, most pieces can be made with custom colors or different metals, so let me know if you want a different color combination than what’s pictured.
Every piece of Talespun Maille Jewelry comes with a lifetime guarantee against damages or breaking. If anything happens to your jewelry, send it back and I will fix it for free!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Standard processing time is 1-2 weeks, depending on availability of materials. Some pieces may take longer depending on availability of supplies. Most made-to-order pieces do have a a rush-order option available for a small fee.
Refunds and Exchanges
You are responsible for return shipment on any undamaged pieces; if the piece is damaged upon arrival, send me a photograph documenting the damage and I will cover the costs of the return shipping. Full refund will be issued once the item arrives back at my shop.
Additional policies and FAQs
General Care Tips:
-Keep jewelry away from household cleaners and chlorine
-Always handle your jewelry gently
-To reduce tarnish and protect your jewelry, store each piece in its own ziplock or soft fabric bag and store in a cool, dark place.
-Colored rings may fade with time, but storing them in a ziploc or soft fabric bag helps minimize discoloration.
General Cleaning Tips (for most metals)
Place your pieces in a jar filled with warm water and non-lotion dish soap. Let them soak for several minutes, then shake the jar briskly to remove any dirt or oils that your jewelry has picked up. Rinse with warm water, rubbing the jewelry gently between your palms to remove any remaining dirt or oils. Let air dry or use a blow dryer on the coolest setting. See Metals Information below for more specific care and cleaning instructions.
Bronze, Jewelry Brass and Copper will all tarnish over time. Many people love seeing the range of hues these metals go through as they develop their patinas, but if you want to keep your jewelry bright and shiny, you can remove the patina from by soaking the piece in vinegar or a mixture of pure lemon juice and salt for 10-20 seconds. Remove the piece from the mixture and lather with non-lotion dishwashing soap and water. Rinse thoroughly with cold water, then dry the piece completely right away with a blow dryer on the lowest setting to prevent water spots. To keep your pieces bright and shiny for longer, store jewelry in airtight bag or container to slow down tarnishing. Squeeze out as much of the air as possible from the bag before closing.
-Bright Aluminum: Shiny, silver-tone and lightweight, plus inexpensive which benefits us both! Follow general care and cleaning tips.
-Anodized Aluminum: All the benefits of bright aluminum, plus colorful! Aluminum is colored by first anodizing the rings (dipping them in an electrically charged solution) to prepare the surface, and then are dyed and sealed so the color lasts much longer. Follow general care and cleaning tips. Never use polishing clothes or cremes because they may remove the color from the rings.
-Anodized Niobium: Niobium is colored by anodizing the rings (dipping them in an electrically charged solution). The colors obtained depend on the voltage. Anodized niobium has a shimmering luminescent quality not found in other metals. Follow general care and cleaning tips. Never use polishing clothes or cremes because they may remove the color from the rings.
-Jewelry Brass: Jewelry brass is a durable mental with a nice weight to it. It can be kept at a high golden shine or allowed to develop a patina that gives it a vintage feel. Clean with any commercial jewelry cleaner safe for brass.
-Bronze: Bronze is extremely durable with nice weight. It has the look of aged copper, but is a much stronger metal. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin, so it develops a patina quickly when not stored in an air-tight container. Follow general care and cleaning tips, but make sure to dry immediately to prevent water spots. See above for tips on preventing and removing tarnish.
-Copper: Copper has a wonderful weight to it, but it’s a softer metal so be careful when handling it. It quickly goes from bright new penny color to a deeper cocoa as it develops a patina. Do not wear overnight or when skin is wet, as it can occasionally stain the skin. It is a soft metal, so you should try to be extra-gentle with copper chainmaille pieces. Follow general care and cleaning tips, but make sure to dry immediately to prevent water spots. See above for tips on preventing and removing tarnish.
-Enameled Copper and Enameled Silvered Copper: Comes in a lot of colors. The silvered colors are especially vivid, because there is a layer of pure silver underneath the plastic "enameled" coating. However, because the color just coats the ring rather than being anodized into it, it’s more likely to develop nicks or scratches over time. Follow general care and cleaning tips. Never use polishing clothes or cremes because they may remove the color from the rings.
Niobium is a rare-earth metal. It’s hypoallergenic (though a select few may still react to this metal, and are better off with titanium). It will not tarnish. In its natural state, niobium has a subtle grey sparkle. Follow general care and cleaning tips.
Stainless steel is super durable with a nice weight to it. It will not tarnish or develop a patina over time, Follow general care and cleaning tips.