cMaille

chainmaille jewelry for change | weaving since 2007

370 Sales

cMaille

chainmaille jewelry for change | weaving since 2007

370 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(229)
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cMaille

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Announcement   Please visit me at www.cMaille.com to see all my work & find out what I'm up to! — cMaille

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Last updated on Mar 27, 2016

Please visit me at www.cMaille.com to see all my work & find out what I'm up to! — cMaille

cMaille

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5 out of 5 stars
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someonewhodid

someonewhodid on Feb 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I was looking for a necklace for my wife. I saw this tiny cube—less than 1” on a side! It was as intricate as it was beautiful. I'm not sure how something like that cube can even be made, but it obviously can be (by the right hands), and it is made with top-notch craftsmanship. The necklace was a great hit, and it has attracted a lot of attention—for its beauty and admiration for the creativity. There are so many nice things in the shop that I know I will be back.

aa28977rwalker

aa28977rwalker on Feb 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

High quality craftsmanship. On-time, very reasonably priced and looks great on my wife's arm.

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The first in my new line of "Enso Cuffs" - chainmaille cuffs woven Japanese style from 3-ring knots of deep, rich, metallic colors. Made with anodized niobium. It's like painting with metal; it's wearable art. Expressing the zen I feel while creating.
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About

Crescent Maille: Chainmaille for change, one ring at a time. Weaving since 2007.

From the moment I picked up two pairs of pliers and started crafting my first chainmaille bracelet I was immediately hooked.

Most recent Kiva loan: https://www.kiva.org/lend/1017459
$25 to Isabela (of Grupo Las Inalcanzables) in Guatemala, a 29-year-old single mother of two, to buy yarn & thread for weaving traditional clothing that she sells to support herself and her children.

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I started selling on Etsy in 2007. After taking a break, I have reopened with renewed aspirations: to offer fine chainmaille jewelry in bronze and other alternative & more affordable metals such as anodized niobium (along with sterling silver, of course), and to help give back. Through my various shops on Etsy I have, as of January 2016, made over 290 Kiva.org loans totaling $7,500.

In chainmaille, small metal rings called “jump rings” are woven together, one by one. A ring is opened with pliers, worked into its proper place, and then closed. The final result is a chain or mesh in a weave that may be very simple or quite complex. Chainmaille is simultaneously intricate and delicate, yet strong and substantial. As a jewelry-making technique, chainmaille has seemingly endless possibilities. When crafted to perfection, a chainmaille bracelet is an amazing thing, mesmerizing as it bends and moves and molds itself to your wrist: it almost feels alive.

Chainmaille is a passion and a joy. Creating jewelry in traditional & new weaves and using these weaves as a starting point for my own designs, I strive to make jewelry that is as much a pleasure to wear as it is to behold.

I took time off to focus on my 20+ year career as a fine art book designer for museums and galleries, as well as trying my hand at several other forms of art and craft. In 2015, I found there was a palpable missing piece that is chainmaille and I again picked up my pliers and rings.

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• 10% of all sales will be loaned through Kiva.org. Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. I choose to lend to female artisans and entrepreneurs, particularly to those individuals in vulnerable or impoverished areas of the world who would otherwise be unable to secure the funding needed to pursue their dreams—to earn money to support their families, further their trades, make improvements to their homes, and send their children to school. Since loans must be made in increments of $25, I set aside 10% of each purchase until I have enough to make a loan. To see the loans made from sales of Crescent Maille (and my other crafting ventures before this), you can visit my lender page: http://www.kiva.org/lender/cMaille

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  • cMaille

    Owner, Creator, Photographer

    An award-winning designer & typographer of fine art books for museums & galleries worldwide, I turn to chainmaille in my free time as another way to express myself & my creativity, work with my hands, & give back to artisans in our global community.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 27, 2016
Welcome to Crescent Maille's Shop Policies page. If you have questions about anything at all, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Shopping from outside of the U.S.? Please see "International Orders" below, under "Shipping."

Custom orders: I like to take on custom orders if time & logistics permit. Please contact me, or use the "Request Custom Order" button on the shop home page.

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In chainmaille, small metal rings called “jump rings” are woven together, one by one, using nothing but two pairs of pliers. A ring is opened with the pliers, worked into its proper place in the pattern, and then closed. The final result is a chain or mesh in a weave that may be very simple or quite complex. Please use care when fastening and unfastening your jewelry as the rings, including those used to secure the clasp, are not soldered.

Selling my various crafts & artworks on Etsy since 2005 (chainmaille; plush toys; drawings, paintings, & photographs; and Japanese temari), I have learned an important lesson: I value my time and trade, and believe in fair pay for all artists and artisans. Crafting chainmaille is very labor intensive and time consuming; many pieces are made from hundreds of individually linked rings, taking hours—then add in time for polishing, photographing, packaging, shipping, promotion, and all the additional tasks involved in running a shop on Etsy. I pay myself a fair wage and don't under-price my work simply to sell more pieces or undercut other sellers. Consider an investment in a piece of chainmaille as an investment in an heirloom.

• When you make a purchase, please be sure to check your Etsy conversations or your e-mail (including your spam or junk folder) within 24 hours in case I have any questions about your order.

• I personally confirm all transactions once I receive them; I’ll contact you again once your order has shipped.



• All items listed in the shop are ready for shipment in 2–5 business days as specified in the listing, though items will often ship sooner. Note: if sizing adjustments are required, please allow the extra turnaround time specified in the item listing (generally up to 10 business days, if not sooner).

• All jewelry is sent packaged gift-ready in a customized kraft jewelry box with an anti-tarnish tab and a complimentary Sunshine polishing cloth (I used to offer metal gift tins, and may do so again, but in the meantime I am trying to work in a more environmentally-friendly manner).

• I'm happy to send your purchase directly to a gift recipient, and can include a small card with a note that you compose. Please contact me for details at time of purchase, if not before.

• Color of images will vary on different monitors and screens on different computers and devices. I've done my best to accurately reflect the color of the jewelry (except for those images that are obviously modified, such as sepia-toned or black & white). In addition, and quite interestingly, I have found over time that the appearance and color of bronze shifts in different lights and situations (daylight, incandescent light, fluorescent light, etc.)—at times it appears far more pink, other times it appears more golden. It will tarnish much like copper, growing deeper copper-red over time.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Paypal is my preferred method of payment. Direct checkout is accepted for credit cards and Etsy gift cards.
Shipping
UNITED STATES:
All items ship USPS Priority Mail with insurance & tracking; please note the turnaround times in each listing. If you require faster shipping, please contact me before making a purchase to see if I will be able to ship the item more quickly.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING:
Currently I ship only within the United States due to the wide range of customs restrictions and the postage costs involved. Some countries prohibit the import of jewelry unless it is "costume jewelry" (i.e., no precious metals). If you are outside of the United States and are interested in making a purchase, please contact me. If I am able to accommodate you, I certainly will.
Refunds and Exchanges
RETURNS & REFUNDS:
I want you to be thrilled with your purchase! If you are not completely happy, you may return it in the original condition, in the original packaging, for a full refund. Please contact me first to make arrangements.

All packages are insured; beyond this, Crescent Maille cannot be held responsible for damages caused or theft that occurs during shipment.

TO RETURN/EXCHANGE AN ITEM:


• Item must be mailed back to me within 7 days of original delivery date.

• You must include USPS delivery confirmation & insurance covering the original purchase price, and send me the delivery confirmation number as soon as you have mailed it. 

• Your refund or exchange will be issued upon receipt of the return, after I have verified that the item is in saleable condition.

• If your item was custom-sized, and you were charged a fee beyond the base price for the adjustment, that fee will not be refunded.

WRONG SIZE?:
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If you receive a custom-sized bracelet or necklace and find that the length isn’t right for you (i.e., you measured incorrectly, or sent the wrong measurement), please contact me. If you send it back, I will adjust the length for a small fee. I do ask that you pay for shipping costs in both directions. However, if I made a mistake in the custom sizing, I will fix it for free, and pay for all shipping.



• If you receive a pre-sized "ready to ship" piece (as specified in the listing) and find the length isn't right for you, please contact me. I can adjust the length for a small fee. I do ask that you pay for shipping costs in both directions.

REPAIR POLICY:

• Should your jewelry need any repairs, please do not hesitate to let me know. I want your jewelry to last a long, long time. If the repair can be made (if the weave allows)
 I am happy to do so, most likely without charge.

• Should manufactured components break (clasps or chains), they will be replaced free of charge for up to 60 days. After 60 days, a fee for replacement will be evaluated on an individual basis (the cost for a new replacement of the broken component, labor, and shipping). If the component is no longer available, the closest substitution will be made.
• "OOAK" gemstone clasps: I strive buy these clasps from the most reliable sources, and use only what I believe to be high-quality components, but ultimately I cannot guarantee the longevity of the clasp. Should the clasp break, I can replace it with a new—but necessarily different—clasp.
Additional policies and FAQs
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING:
Currently I ship only within the United States due to the wide range of customs restrictions and the postage costs involved. Some countries prohibit the import of jewelry unless it is "costume jewelry" (i.e., no precious metals). If you are outside of the United States and are interested in making a purchase, please contact me. If I am able to accommodate you, I certainly will.


SIZING & MEASURING FOR AN ACCURATE BRACELET SIZE:
I size all finished bracelets on a bracelet mandrel to get a very accurate reading of the inner circumference of the bracelet—this is not the same as using a straight ruler.
1. Measure your wrist below the wrist bone (where you would normally wear your bracelet) using a flexible measuring tape or a strip of paper. Better yet, have someone measure your wrist for you. Please do this 2–3 times to get an accurate measurement.
2. If using a plain strip of paper, mark your strip with a pen where the end of the bracelet needs to be. Then measure the paper strip with a ruler. This is your wrist size.
3. To find your bracelet size, increase the wrist measurement by the increment below, based on how you want the bracelet to fit.
• For a snug fit, add 0.25" to 0.5". I don't recommend adding less than 0.5"—you'll want to have enough room to work the clasp without twisting the bracelet. The only exception to this would be for bracelets that fasten with slide clasps, pinch clasps or magnetic clasps (clasp type is noted in each listing), which do not require as much manipulation—adding 0.25" should be fine.
• For an average comfort fit, add 0.75" to 1".
• For a loose fit, add 1.25".


JUMP RINGS:
All jump rings used in Crescent Maille jewelry are handmade, saw-cut and of exceptionally high quality; I buy from three small companies in the U.S., each owned & run by perfectionists who are incredibly passionate about chainmaille.


STORING YOUR JEWELRY:
To slow down tarnishing, store it in an airtight ziplock bag in a dark place. Your order will come with a 3M Anti-Tarnish Tab in the kraft box; you can put this tab into the ziplock bag and it will help reduce tarnish for six months to a year. These can be purchased on Etsy or from jewelry supply stores.


CLEANING YOUR STERLING SILVER JEWELRY:
Sterling silver naturally tarnishes over time. A Sunshine polishing cloth is included with every order and it can be used repeatedly until completely black and pretty much in shreds! This cloth is good for the flat surfaces, retaining the patina in the nooks and crannies. You can high-polish the raised areas and let the tarnish deepen in the hard to reach areas.

For a more thorough cleaning of sterling silver:
• Simple wash: Wash frequently with plain dish washing liquid to avoid too much build up of dirt and oils. I recommend the original blue "Classic" Dawn (the blue one that is kind of see-through), which is biodegradable and contains no phosphates, additives or bleach (absolutely avoid soaps with additives—especially bleach—or any lotions, hand softeners, anti-bacterial ingredients, etc.). Wash the piece gently with warm water and blue Dawn, rinse, towel off excess water, then let air dry.
• For a soft shine, make a paste of baking soda and water, and rub it into the silver. The longer you rub it over the surface, the more shine and "glow" you will achieve. Try using a toothbrush—even an electric one—for thorough coverage.
• For a more thorough cleaning you can "reverse" the tarnishing process with boiling water, aluminum foil, and baking soda. Try this trick: http://greenopedia.com/polish-silver-without-chemicals/
(or search the internet for "cleaning sterling silver with aluminum foil and baking soda"). Do not use this method for bracelets with gemstone clasps.


ABOUT BRONZE:
Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin; the bronze rings I use are 92% copper and thus have a beautiful pink-red rosy hue, similar to but even rosier than rose-gold. The rings are professionally handmade and saw-cut by a small company in the U.S. Before shipping, I polish all jewelry in a professional tumbler to a brilliant shine.

CLEANING YOUR BRONZE JEWELRY:
Many people covet the patina that bronze develops over time (over time the red color will deepen, a patina like that of old sculptures and statues). However if this is not to your liking, you can easily clean your jewelry.

A Sunshine polishing cloth is included with every order and it can be used repeatedly until completely black and pretty much in shreds! This cloth is good for the flat surfaces, retaining the patina in the nooks and crannies.

For a more thorough cleaning of bronze:
• Simple wash: Wash frequently with plain dish washing liquid to avoid too much build up of dirt and oils. I recommend the original blue "Classic" Dawn (the blue one that is kind of see-through), which is biodegradable and contains no phosphates, additives or bleach (absolutely avoid soaps with additives—especially bleach—or any lotions, hand softeners, anti-bacterial ingredients, etc.). Wash the piece gently with warm water and blue Dawn, rinse, towel off excess water, then let air dry.
• Thorough wash: Mix 1 cup of water, 1 drop (literally 1 drop!) of Classic blue Dawn, 2 tsp white vinegar and 2 tbs table salt in a leakproof container, and add your jewelry. Seal the container and shake vigorously for 10 minutes. Check the jewelry and repeat if necessary. If the solution is dirty (anything beyond a very light gray) use a new batch of solution to avoid re-contaminating your jewelry with the loosened dirt and oil. Table salt acts as a fine abrasive to get into and clean the tight spaces. Finish with the blue Dawn simple wash described above.
• When cleaning, please remove any non-bronze chains first, such as the gunmetal ball chains that come with pendants.


ABOUT NIOBIUM:
Niobium (element no. 41) is a strong metal, with a weight comparable sterling silver—not lightweight or flimsy like aluminum, which is the colored metal more often seen used in chain maille. Niobium is colored ("anodized") by passing an electrical current through it—no dyes are involved. Colors are rich, deep, intense and metallic. The color will not fade, but it does not go much deeper than the surface of the metal, so take care not to scratch or gouge your jewelry.

Niobium does not tarnish, though it will dull from dirt and oils. To clean niobium, simply wash with Classic blue dawn and warm water, towel off excess water and let air dry. Do not use a polishing cloth, baking soda, or anything else with abrasive qualities.



KIVA.ORG:
• 10% of all sales will be loaned through Kiva.org. You can read more about this on the shop's "About" page: https://www.etsy.com/shop/cMaille/about
• Loans are made in $25 increments. I will set aside 10% of each sale until I have the $25 minimum, and then make a loan. If you would like to receive an email about the loan funded by your purchase once the loan is made, please let me know—I will be happy to send you information about the loan recipient(s)!
• All of the loans I have made can be seen here: http://www.kiva.org/lender/cMaille


Wholesale and consignment inquiries welcome.