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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Labels: chain maille, chain maille guitar strap, chain maille pendants, feature designer, Makin the Best of It, MBOI

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