Wednesday, December 24, 2008

European 8 and 1 Bracelet

I love this bracelet is has a slinky quality about it and lays on the wrist well.

Available for purchase Chainmaille By MBOI

Sterling Silver European 8 and 1 Bracelet

December 20th, 2008


This European 8 and 1 weave is made with sterling silver 925 rings, each one was hand coiled, saw cut and placed one at a time in this simple but intricate pattern. All our chainmaille jewelry is tumbled and polished to a bright shine and comes packaged in a black jewelry box. This weave can be made in a variety of metals just contact us and we’ll get working on your vision.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Copper and Turquoise Romanov Earrings

I love this design with it's turquoise pop in the middle.

Copper and Turquoise Romanov Earrings

December 14th, 2008


Copper and  Turquoise make a stunning earthy combination!

These earrings are made in a Romanov chainmaille weave which is a Byzantine varient. These earrings measure about an inch long from the bottom of the ear wire. The ear wire is made from solid copper and the turquoise stone is 4mm round.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Just digging the Tryzantine

This is a nice bracelet and the mixed metals really give it depth. I love the intricacy of the tryzantine chainmaille weave

Sterling Silver and Copper Tryzantine Bracelet

Byzantine with a kick!

This sterling silver and copper bracelet has been hand made from start to finish in a stunning Tryzantine weave. This weave is a modified version of the classic Byzantine pattern.Light and easy to wear with anything, this bracelet measures 8″ (20cm) from clasp to clasp and is held secure with a sterling silver lobster clasp. I can adjust this piece to fit any size at no charge.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Sterling Silver Persian Dragonscale Bracelet

Check out this intricate piece.
Sterling Persian Dragonscale Bracelet
Sterling Silver Persian Dragonscale Bracelet
This piece is not for the faint of heart-weighing in at
a full 1.5 oz, this piece is a stunner to behold.

The Persian Dragonscale bracelet began it's life as
a humble mass of sterling silver wire. This wire was
carefully hand coiled and saw cut into a shimmery
pile of rings that were then interwoven, one at a
time, to form a piece of wearable art.

This bracelet measures 8 inches (20 cm) long from
toggle clasp to bar and over 1/2 inch across. A
feature of this bracelet is the height. It is 1/4 inch
(1/2cm) thick.
Sterling Silver Persian Dragonscale Bracelet

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Stunning Copper Bracelet

Copper, I just love the earthy feel you get from wearing this metal. This piece hasn't been officially listed on Chainmaille By MBOI, but any inquiries can be made there.

Copper Roundmaille Bracelet by ~andrewk1969:iconandrewk1969:

Artist's Comments

This copper roundmaille bracelet is made with solid
copper wire and hand coiled rings.
If you would like to inquire about this
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Jens Pind Linkage

Jens Pind Linkage (JPL) is a spiral weave that is dependant on the Aspect Ratio of the ring size in order to function. This bracelet is simple yet intricate in the same breath.
Sterling Silver JPL Bracelet
Sterling Silver bracelet in a delicate Jens Pind
Linkage  chainmaille  weave makes a dainty
statement that is perfect for every day wear.

All of our jewelry begins with raw wire that is hand
wrapped around a mandrel then saw cut into tiny
rings. These rings are then interwoven together to
form some amazing jewelry!

This bracelet measures 8” (20cm) end to end and is
held securely by a sterling silver lobster clasp. Just
leave a note to the seller upon checkout and I will be
happy to alter this treasure to fit you.
Sterling Silver JPL Bracelet

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

New Jewelry Line "Aluminum Chainmaille Bracelets"

4in1 aa blue and pink on bottle top  Check out our new line of aluminum bracelets. These bracelets are light weight and strong. They are also great for displaying your school colors, if you have an idea for colors go tot the link and use the contact us page to inquire. Made with 16 gauge wire. Check out the new pages on my site at 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sterling Silver and Copper Necklace

 GSG Sterling and copper on bust top A Simple but stunning Jewelry creation by Andrew & Kimberly. This stunning GSG necklace is available at Chainmaille By MBOI. Chainmaille by MBOI is a sister company to Makin' The Best Of It, check out our shop to see what's new.  We carry sterling silver bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Along with sterling silver we carry some copper, bronze, stainless steel, and aluminum products. 

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sterling GSG Bracelet

GSG Sterling on bottle
This stunning Sterling silver GSG  chainmaille bracelet begins with wire that has been coiled, cut, and made into individual small jump rings. The rings are then woven together to create this beautiful  pattern. This has become one of my favorite new weaves
This bracelet along with many other are available on my new web site  Chainmaille by MBOI . Stop by and check it out.
Thanks Andrew & Kimberly


Monday, September 8, 2008

Hand Painted Fall Glassware

Check out the link below from ivonnardonascreations. Thank you for the lovely compliment on my wife's painting, I'm her biggest fan.

These are a gorgeous pair of cruets by MakintheBestOfIt. This set is said to "take you from fall colors through the holiday season." I can totally believe it and I love the leaves that have been painted with a shimmery gold paint to catch the light from any angle.

Friday, September 5, 2008


GSG Sterling on bottle Well we just opened a new chainmaille web site,

its just in the begining stages. We have a whole bunch of stuff still to add,

but its a start.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks Andrew,

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Beading Gem's Journal a Jewelry Enthusiast

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Artistic Chain Maille Elements by MBOI

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Chain maille jewelry designs can get rather boring to do after a while so a good chain maille artist strives to bring in different elements to make their jewelry distinctive. One artisan whom I stumbled upon in now called has great inspirational examples of how to step up chain maille designs.
MakintheBestOfIt or MBOI for short, is a wire wrap and chain maille enthuasist. She is multi-talented with not just one but TWO Etsy stores - one of jewelry designs and one for her lovely hand painted glass. I don't know how she does it all for she is a second time round full time student with two small boys. She has a deeply ingrained creative streak so much so her husband says she has a really bad case of crafters ADD!
Her chain maille designs show her versatility and talent for linking jump rings together. She combines coloured rings to highlight metals - her copper and sterling Byzantine ladder bracelet (above) combines silver with copper which is one of my favourite combinations. Yet I still see the occasional question on jewelry making forums - "Can I mix metals"? Of course you can! The jewelry will look gorgeous.

Another design element is using alternative structures rather than just a straight chain. One of her most stunning designs is her sterling silver chain maille encased Salvation pendant. This unique design has 7 Swarovski crystal bicones in rainbow colours all in a row and framed with inverted round maille. Another example is her bronze Persian Cross which features a full Persian cross pendant on a half Persian 3 in 1 chain.

But I've saved the best to last for this piece was a labour of love for one of her music obsessed sons. The chain maille guitar strap was truly an inspired choice as a gift for some one (often male) who isn't into jewelry or is too young to use key rings! Jewelry is usually just decorative but here MBOI has made chain maille into a functional piece of art!
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BetteJo said...

Are you sure she doesn't have a small army of chain maille brownies helping out? I cannot even imagine how long that guitar strap took!

August 31, 2008 8:30 PM
MakinTheBestOfIt said...

You just made my only army is a supportive husband that doesn't mind cutting rings for me and puts up with my obsessive nature.
PS. The guitar strap was a labor of love that took about 4 months of on and off work to complete.

August 31, 2008 8:57 PM
The Beading Gem said...

Four months!! That was amazing and what a gift.

August 31, 2008 10:04 PM

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Simple Helm Pendant by Makin The Best of It

Simple Helm Pendant
Another simple but stunning chainmaille creation by Andrew & Kimberly at
Makin The Best of It

Get Chainmaille Creations by Makinthebestofit An unbelievable number of handmade and customizable painted glass, decorator items, cards, and fine jewelry. This includes many types of glass, slate, painted and beaded ornaments, candles and cards.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Chainmaille Origons

Here's anouther good article on the origins and historical value of chainmaille.

Although armor is still made using coats of maille there are many more modern uses of maille used for adornment instead of personal protection.

Check out the rest of this article at when you get a chance.
An Introduction To Chainmaille
Chainmail was the earliest form of metal armour and was probably invented before
the 5th century by the ancient Celts. The name mail comes from the French word
"maille" which is derived from the Latin "macula" meaning "mesh of a net". The
armour itself involved the linking of iron or steel rings, the ends of which
were either pressed together, welded or riveted. Sometimes the rings were
stamped out of a sheet of iron and these were then used in alternate rows with
riveted links. The most common form of chainmail is the "four-in-one" pattern in
which each link has four others linked through it. A few shirts have been found
that appear to have been made of quilted fabric or leather to which were sewn
rings and scales, and these shirts are not considered "true" mail.