Pick the Next "Can You BeWeave It?" kit!

Happy Hump Day Fellow Maille-iacs!

In the middle (or nearly the middle) of working on "Bloody Yell," I had an idea for kits in the Make Something store. Because my ADD won't be denied, I've been working on samples. I started with a couple designs I've always liked--a Fleur-de-Lis (phone pic sneak peek at right) and a Celtic Knot.

I want to know what you'd like to see! Look at the poll on the left and click on the ones you like. To start us off, I have an ankh, a cross, a yin yang, and a skull & crossbones. Please realize you're only seeing a part of what the final kit will be (but it's gonna be cool!).

If I've listed NOTHING that you like and think I have some nerve even asking you to pick one, send me a scathing email with ideas of what you'd like to see in future polls.

UPDATE: And the winner is... Yin Yang! A big THANK YOU to all who participated! Pattern making in progress... (please stay tuned...)

Chainmaille Inlay #2: "Bloody Yell" progress photos

22,540 total rings when complete
14 colors of enameled copper and brass jump rings (saw cut by yours truly)

Current Progress: 44.1%
weight: 1 lb 3.8 oz

Something New AND Something Blue

I picked up this blue onyx cab awhile ago. I didn't know what I was going to do with it (like most rocks I get), but the color completely sucked me in. Yesterday, it found its home in a swirled heart pendant setting I made. Yes, I realize I'm biased, but I love how it turned out. That blue is just... BAM! Thank you Mother Nature! I hope I've done your work justice.

I made a swirly setting with a hidden heart on the back for this crazy beautiful blue onyx. The Earth made the onyx.

I wanted to play with a setting that was asymmetrical and kind of free form. I started by making the the bezel (the thin band that holds the onyx) and torch soldered rings and hand-formed, hammered swirls around the outside. I continued with the back--two more swirls coming together to make a heart that also hold the stone in place. I set the stone and tumble polished the finished pendant to a high shine. The color of the onyx is so beautiful, you'll swear it's made of dolphin tears. Don't worry--they're happy tears.

Recycled Heart Pendants

Valentine's Day is coming up. I'll admit, it's not my favorite holiday, but I do like hearts. I made some molds, melted down some scrap silver and made these textured heart pendants. They are all unique. The mold is destroyed in the creation process and can't be duplicated.

I have them in my shop for $39 until Feb. 7th. Consider it my VD gift to you. (Yeah, I know how that sounds but I typed it anyway.)

Holy crap, Batman! It's, well, BATMAN!!!

This past weekend I went to the Dallas Comic Con. Since I have been looking for places to set up a vendor booth with my things, I thought it might be a unique possibility for the future. I had never been to one before and decided to go and do some official Comic Con recon. I walked through the doors and saw all the creators, illustrators, colorists, people in costumes, posters, memorabilia... It was so beauuuuutiful. I found that Adam West (BATMAN!!!) and Peter Mayhew (CHEWBACCA!!!) were going to be signing autographs (among others but those 2 were all I needed to hear) and my eyes glazed over and my geek took control.

I was mostly okay until I heard Adam West talking to the people in the line ahead of me and his voice turned me back into an 8-year-old that watched the Batman series religiously in her Batgirl Underoos. I got all giggly and weird but somehow mustered a "Hi" and "Thank you." I geeked out even more than I thought I would. That's why the pic below of Peter Mayhew signing my Chewie pic is all blurry. I couldn't even hold still.

I'm so glad I went and took it all in. It made me want to go to the big one in San Diego in July. There is a concern, however, that my brain may explode at that one.