RebeccaWardaJewelry

Chainmaille and Kumihimo

Media, Pennsylvania · 3 Sales

RebeccaWardaJewelry

Chainmaille and Kumihimo

Media, Pennsylvania 3 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Note from shop owner Rebecca Warda Jewelry is taking a break. Please check back after June 11.

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Last updated on Jun 9, 2018

Rebecca Warda Jewelry is taking a break. Please check back after June 11.

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Rebecca Warda Jewelry

I live in Media, Pennsylvania, the small town where I was born and raised. For almost 40 years I worked nearby at Widener University's Art Gallery. About 15 years ago, I took my first jewelry making class at a local bead store, Blue Santa Beads. I was hooked! I became interested in chainmaille shortly afterwards and have been weaving jump rings ever since. I also enjoy making Kumihimo braids with beads. I love selecting the different beads for my Kumihimo necklaces - watching the braided pattern develop is so much fun.

My two favorite things -
Maille or chainmaille consists of small metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh. A coat made of maille was worn by knights and soldiers in the middle ages. There are now more than 900 different chainmaille weaves documented by the Maille Artisans International League. I use several of the most popular as well as their variations but I’m learning new weaves all the time.

Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese technique of braiding strands of silk to create intricately colored cords. Samurai once used kumihimo cords as laces for their armor. In Japanese, the word kumihimo means to gather or combine thread. My necklaces are made with eight strands of strong nylon cord, loaded with beads of different sizes. How you set up your Kumihimo loom dictates how the braid will look. It’s fun to see how it develops.

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    Media, Pennsylvania.

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