Author: The Velvet Zebra

The Leaves are Falling

The Leaves are Falling! Technically these “leaves” are called Scales, and they’re used to make Scalemaille – which is just what it sounds like, chainmaille with scales.   While it is generally used to enhance or decorate maille outfits, we also like to use it for jewelry, as in these necklaces (and the earrings we will…

We’ve gone Batty!

These little guys are fun and interesting – they’re made of EPDM, which is a fancy sort of rubber, and 1/8″ 20 gauge Anodized Aluminum, which is a tiny, very light weight ring holding the rubber rings together.   It’s a complicated pattern, because the rubber rings do not open or close, they’re simply round…

Variety is the spice of life!

These necklaces all use a variant of a style interestingly named Rondo a’la Byzantine. That’s a fancy way of saying they’re Helm with a few added twists that we played twister with. First up, in the Seahawk colors, we used different sizes than you’re supposed to, for a fun look. The second picture in red…

Metal on Metal

Just when you thought all we did was in Anodized Aluminum . . . These necklaces have some Enameled Copper thrown in for good measure, and a little weight. The Frost, Purple and Blue has only Frost Anodized Aluminum, the Purple and Blue are Enameled Copper, giving this necklace a weight of 1.8 ounces. Next…

Go Big or Go Home

Some days you need to make a statement, and making a statement is easier when it weighs only 2 ounces. For these Flower necklaces, we took the style known as Helm and used sizes of rings you’re not suppose to use to make Helm. Then we brought them full circle and put a center ring…

Rollercoaster of Love

We call this design Through The Hoops. All we did here was make a section of European 4-in-1 then took some 3/4″ rings and grabbed a few of the smaller rings, alternating sides of the pattern to make a roller coaster effect through the 4-in-1.   Then we finished them off with either Helm or…

Turning Japanese

These are more Japanese style, using 3/16″, 1/8″, 3/4″, 1/2″ and sometimes 5/8″ rings to vary the size of the patterns. This time we really wanted to have fun with the mix of larger rings to smaller rings.     We call the result Japanese Lace.   They weigh 2 oz and 1 oz respectively…

Who’s on first?

Who’s on first? These designs are another riff on the Japanese style, this time a traditional 6-in-2, where every 2 rings have 6 rings going through them.   For fun, we took what would have been a small Japanese Flower design and changed the center ring from 3/16″ to 3/4″ and 1/2″, then attached 3/16″…

We’re all mad here

We call this design Totally Loopy – it’s really just sections of Byzantine made with 18 gauge 3/16″ anodized aluminum rings between larger sizes of 16 gauge rings. They are all now available in the shop   https//squareup.com/store/the-velvet-zebra

Free Bird!

We call this design Freestyle, but technically it’s patterned after a Japanese maille called 12-in-2, where every two rings have another 12 rings going through them. We took that idea and played with ring sizes and numbers so that you have a pair of 16-gauge 5/16″ rings (some round, some square) with 18-gauge 1/8″ rings attaching…