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…

Pretties

The Poulsbo Art Show was amazing as usual, but our space is so limited, we are only able to display a quarter of our inventory, which means we have to guess what people are going to want to see. So in an effort to show you everything we make, we will be posting a few…

Here there be dragons!

Happy Birthday America! What else happens in July this year? Game of Thrones returns! The Velvet Zebra may not be the Mother of Dragons, but we do enjoy adding to the brood. This little charmer is the biggest of the bunch, made with Anodized Aluminum using a traditional Japanese 8-in-2 pattern for the head and…

Fashion!

You’re looking at 15,000 rings of 16ga Anodized Aluminum, 5/16th in size. It “might” be enough to make a Hauberk, or Chainmaille shirt. The Velvet Zebra found a willing volunteer to wear our very first piece of maille clothing – an incredibly talented artist. Hopefully when we have it finished for him, he will still…