ChainmailleByBim

Chainmaille for Everyone

Portland, Oregon · 1180 Sales

ChainmailleByBim

Chainmaille for Everyone

Portland, Oregon 1180 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(334)

Announcement   Welcome! My name is Bim Ditson and I have been making and selling my Chainmaille jewelry for sixteen 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 Dec 27, 2016

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

Wide Chainmaille Bracelet - Flat Roman Pattern
$48.00
Chainmaille Hacky Sack - Byzantine Dodecahedron
$54.00
Thick Rainbow - Chainmaille Bracelet - Byzantine
$34.00
Chainmaille Glove
$460.00
Chainmaille Bracelet - Jens Pind Pattern
$34.00
Chainmaille Pot Scrubber
$28.00
Chainmaille Bracelet - Thin Rainbow Byzantine
$48.00
Titanium Chainmaille T-Shirt
$5,200.00
Chainmaille Necklace - Super Tube Pattern
$95.00
Blue - Chainmaille Bracelet - Rosetta Pattern
$38.00
Chainmaille Necklace - Byzantine Pattern
$77.00
Chainmaille Silk Bracelet
$120.00
Chainmaille Bracelet - Japanese Pattern
$110.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(334)
jreinhiller

jreinhiller on May 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I baught this bracelet for my boyfriend as a present before we went long distance. It is sturdy, the links are well made, and it fits perfectly. The closure is secure and I know it will hold up even when he is at work.

Geoff Ferrier

Geoff Ferrier on May 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Will order from again. Craftsmanship is second to none and the turn around is incredible.

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Updates

My booth here at Saturday Market is looking good! I didn't just make all the Chainmaille, I made the tables, the lighting fixtures, and every part of the booth itself! What can I say, I like working with my hands spock-handskin-tone-4

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Tie-dye Chainmaille Shirt
$2,200.00
I've been wearing one of these for about ten years! It's so cool that I get to make stuff I love for a living, thanks for all the support, y'all! kissing_heartdragon_faceprayskin-tone-4

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I call it Split Byzantine and it looks extra cool when you use Copper in with Stainless Steel! Man alive, I might just keep this one for myself heart_eyesheart_eyesheart_eyes

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About

Bim's been making Chainmaille every day since he was nine.

I started making Chainmaille when I was nine years old, as a hobby, the first thing I made was a Chainmaille vest that a wore on halloween. By the time I was ten I'd convinced my dad to help me make a booth for the Saturday market in 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.

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  • 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.

Local

Find ChainmailleByBim at the following upcoming markets!

  • Portland Saturday Market

    Portland Saturday Market, 50-98 OR-99W

    Portland, OR

    Mar 4–Dec 24

    Over 200 local artists! Find unique and 1 of a kind handcrafted items in a fun, family atmosphere. After shopping, you can stop by the International Food Court, find whatever it is that you have a craving for and then sit, eat, enjoy the free music all while watching the beautiful Water Fountain.

  • Northwest Folklife Festival

    Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St

    Seattle, WA

    May 26–29

    The Northwest Folklife Festival is the place to learn, to dance, to play, to try something new, and to discover arts and cultures that inspire celebration of one another and our big neighborhood. From yodeling to beatboxing, square dancing to Bollywood, – the Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates the global traditions of local, independent artists.

  • Oregon Country Fair

    City of Veneta,

    Oregon

    Jul 7–9

    Started in 1969, OCF is a craft and entertainment fair located on 100 acres in the woods near Eugene Oregon.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 11, 2017
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 getting some 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

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
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 around the same day they are placed! You can choose the USPS shipping service you'd like when you check out so weather 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.
Refunds and Exchanges
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
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.