Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Great write up on the HAF Forum

Check out the full feature

The Handmade Artists' Forum

Handmade Artists' Forum!
I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to a cooperative collective of Handmade Artists that I recently joined. The Handmade Artists' Forum (or HAF) was founded in April 2009 by Andrew & Kimberly Kitchen in order to provide a venue for all manner of artists to unite and support each other.
The idea is really rather simple....cooperative competition. Not everyone is in direct competition with each other because of the wide variety of arts represented. However, those who are have come to understand that we can band together to succeed.

Friday, June 19, 2009

This Wrap is Different!

I love how this one crawls around and nestles the glass like a hand.

Sterling Silver White Sea Glass Pendant

White sea glass pendant
White sea glass pendant sterling silver

This stunning piece of white sea glass has been hand wrapped in sterling silver.  It measures 5 1/2 cm (2 1/4 in) from the top of the bale to the bottom of the glass and 3 cm (1 in) wide.  It comes ready to wear on an 18 inch sterling silver cable chain.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Painted Pumpkins

These are really cool glasses.

Hand Painted Pumpkin and Sunflower Cafe Mug Set of 4

Cafe mug pumpkin set
Pumpkin cafe mug single
These heavy duty, hand painted mugs measure 5” tall with a 4” wide opening and hold 16oz when filled to the top. The glass is absolutely clear and has been hand painted with fat pumpkins and bright sunflowers that are perfect for your coffee or tea!  This is for a set of 4, but I will gladly take requests for lesser or greater numbers.

All of my glassware has been hand painted with heat cured enamel for years of use.  It can be washed in the top rack of your dishwasher. This means you can actually use it!

Have an idea for a pattern? Contact me know your vision and watch it come to life as a special order.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Beautiful hand painted apple mugs

Great for hot apple cider!

Hand Painted Sweet Apple Mug Set

Apple Mug Front
Apple Mug Back
Apple Mug Set
This sweet set of 4 10oz mugs has been hand painted with both red and granny smith apples and slices that look good enough to eat!   Each glass will be slightly different so each will be a one of a kind original.
My glassware is painted using heat cured enamel for durability. These glasses are top rack dishwasher safe.
Custom orders are always loved-it is so much more fun to do something completely original! Just pick your glass and your design and have an original made just for you!
Want to add to the drama? How about an entire table service in the same pattern? Salt and pepper shakers, cream and sugar set, gravy boat, cruet set, butter dish, and coffee mugs. All featuring any pattern you choose.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Steampunk and Chainmaille Collide!

My first steampunk piece and of course it has chainmaille.
See full Post.

Full Persian Steampunk Necklace

Full Persian Steampunk Necklace
This necklace is my first attempt at Steampunk. It’s made using jewelers brass in a full persian weave. The necklace measures 22″ long as I felt the pendant should hang a little lower than normal because of the size. The pendant is the inards of a Elgin Natonal Pocket watch that has been wrapped with a 3/4 persian and some modification to hold the watch in place. The pendant is 2″ in diameter and whole piece is a weighty 5 ounces.  This piece is also reversible if you need a different look, the back of the pendant will give off a different feel dependant on where your wearing to. The clasp is a handmade hammered brass “S” clasp. As always we can re-size the necklace to your required lenght as needed. This is one of a kind piece and will not be reproduced.
Full Persian Steampunk Necklace
Full Persian Steampunk Necklace
Full Persian Steampunk Necklace

I've been featured

Pretty cool write up from The Blue Cat

Featured Artisan- Chainmaille by MBOI

The chainmaille jewelry created by the husband and wife team of Chainmaille by MBOI is truly spectacular! Their jewelry designs are incredibly intricate and detailed and yet look strong and sturdy at the same time. They work with all kinds of metals such as sterling silver and copper. The above photo is a sterling silver helm sheet bracelet which is a favorite of mine

Monday, May 11, 2009

Supporting Artists

Check out this article about supporting handmade

Artists Unite to Support Handmade

crystal-heart-pin-custom-orderWell a new movement is among us where hadnmade artists have banned together in a unified effort to support each other. Over 170  artists have joined the Handmade Artists’ Forum with more joining everyday.  One member, is a fellow mailler or this a case a femailler, Jill from Liv’nGood Jewelry who has also joined in this effort to support eah other as a community of artists. Jill does some beautiful work so check her out at her blog or Etsy Shop.

Many of you may be saying why is a chainmailler helping their competition, well I’ll tell you. I know that I’m not the only game in town selling chainmaille, their are many, but I might have something that she doesn’t sell and visa versa. So instead of competing against each other we are keeping our customers educated about what is available out there.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Art and Handmade speak the same language

I like this post about bring handmade artists together and unifying the industry

Creativity crosses all language barriers

I was browsing the web and came across the artist Marie-Michele of Mademoiselle M I’m guessing she’s French. All I know is the the jewelry crossed all language barriers, were beauty was just beauty. I think that as a handmade artist we should embrace each others work and support our fellow artisans. That’s one reason that we started the Handmade Artisan Forum and we are quickly finding out that artists around the world want to speak to each other and support each other. It’s been interesting to watch and read the conversations and see language barriers being crossed by the love of Handmade Creative Art.

Stop by the forum and support Handmade.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

New Forum For All Handcrafted Artists

Just another venue we started in an effort to support handcrafted artists. Stop by and have a look and start a discussion

Chainmaille By MBOI Forum

Well we bit the bullet and decided to host a forum that is dedicated to you. Basically anyone who has an artistic bone in your body, jeweler, chainmaillers, painters, crafts , handmade. I want my customers to be able to browse and comment on other peoples work. Promote yourself your blog your latest piece talk about the industry. Ask questions, there are so many talented artists out there that can have useful information for the novice. Learn a new trick or share a new trick your choice just have fun and communicate with others who have the same talents you do. This is brand new so there are many more board areas that need to be configured, just put a post in the suggestion section and we can add more areas as the board grows.

Well I hope you enjoy the new forum, please keep it clean.

Thanks, Andrew and Kimberly

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bronze Chainmaille Bracelet in a Roundmaille Weave

Bronze is such an ancient and rich metal and this bracelet just screams class

Bronze Roundmaille Bracelet

Bronze Roundmaille BraceletBronze  is a metal that reminds me of ancient statues and gives me a warm feeling.

Bronze Roundmaille Bracelet
Bronze Roundmaille Bracelet
Bronze Roundmaille Bracelet

Monday, March 30, 2009

Celtic Star Chainmaille Bracelet

This Celtic Star bracelet is really a sleek design with a celtic visions or celtic dreams chain, depending on who you talk to the name changes.

Sterling Silver Celtic Star Bracelet

celtic-singleThis sterling silver Celtic bracelet made of hand cut rings and combined to create a masterpiece. Measuring 7.5 inches from clasp to clasp, this piece features a Celtic Star measuring 1″ and held together with a chain version of celtic dreams weave. The bracelet is held secure with a sterling silver lobster clasp. If you like this design check out our Triple Celtic Design.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Chainmaille Kit and Tutorial for the Byzantine Weave

This is a complete kit to make a Byzantine Bracelet in a variety of metals. You can also just download the tutorial. Pretty cool, check out the full article.

Byzantine Kit and Tutorial


This tutorial is a detailed step by step on how to make a Byzantine chainmaille weave. We have painstakingly made these instructions so that a beginner will be able to go through without a problem. The tutorial is full of pictures which graphically guide you through each step. We will offer full support for any questions you may have while working on your piece. The downloadable file is in PDF format, if you don’t have a PDF reader you can download it for free.

Our kits will have enough rings in it to make a nine inch bracelet with a couple extra just in case you have a mistake.  The rings will all be polished and smooth and of the utmost of quality, if you don’t want your rings polished just let us know by adding a note a checkout. The kit will also contain the tutorial and a lobster clasp. You will need two pair of pliers to construct your bracelet, the pliers are obviously not included.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Byzantine Cubed Design By MBOI

Although the elements of this design aren't unique the way the components were put together definately are unique, Kimberly has outdone herself again.

Copper Byzantine Cubed Bracelet

Copper Byzantine Cubed BraceletThis byzantine bracelet  measures 7.5″ in length and is separated by 4 Japanese 8 & 2 cubes. The cubes are separated by 6mm indian agates. The cubes and agate are strung on copper wire so that they can move freely on the piece for those of you who like to play with your jewelry. This piece is held secure with a handmade “S” clasp.

This peice is can also made in sterling silver, check out a similar necklace and earrings in sterling.  Just contact us if your interested in a necklace and earring to match this bracelet, all sets will be discounted.

Copper Byzantine Cubed Bracelet
Copper Byzantine Cubed Bracelet
Copper Byzantine Cubed Bracelet

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Byzantine Cubed!

This byzantine necklace has a twist!

Sterling Silver Byzantine Cubed Necklace

By Andrew • Mar 9th, 2009 • Category: Sterling Silver Necklaces

Sterling Silver Byzantine CubedWell Kimberly came up with another beautiful design this byzantine necklace measures 21″ in length and is centered by 3 Japanese 8 & 2 cubes. The cubes are separated by 10mm black jade rounds. The center pendant is definitely the focal point of this piece; the jade and sterling cubes are strung on a sterling silver wire so that they can move freely on the piece for those of you who like to play with your jewelry. While this necklaces measures 21″ it hangs more like an 18″ chain because of the bar style pendant the additional length was necessary. This piece is held secure with a sterling silver toggle clasp. We will size your necklace to your choosing at no additional cost. Kimberly has designed matching earrings and photos will be posted soon.

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Order Sterling Silver Byzantine Cubed Necklace Purchase Price @ $150.00

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Auction

Chainmaille By MBOI along with several other jewelers have donated item to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Go to Triage From Home to veiw the items and bid, all the proceeds go directly to helping breast cancer. The auction ends March 17, 2009 at 12 noon.

Just a side note Kimberly my partner in crime with MBOI lost her grandmother to breast cancer in 2003 this was a very tough thing to go through as you can imagine as her grandmother was an intregal part of her upbringing in Montana. Her grandmother honestly is directly responsible for our business starting as she got Kimberly involved in crafts at a young age.

Anyway, please go and support this cause.


Andrew & Kimberly

Chainmaille By MBOI

cosmic1cosmic2Poppy from Groovy Glass Girl donated this pendant. This piece is fused dichroic glass surrounded by hammered copper that has been finished with a dark patina. Artist Poppy Adams uses traditional stained glass techniques combined with metalwork & fused glass to create one of a kind, unusual jewelry pieces.

Poppy will ship this item anywhere in North America.

Temptation Pendant

temptationpendantKathryn from Lazy Daisy Glass in the UK has donated this gorgeous handmade Dichroic Glass Pendant, on an 18″ sterling silver chain. Made of Bullseye art glass and genuine dichroic glass, many of the jewellery items are exclusive designs, therefore no two pieces will ever be the same.

Kathryn will ship this item anywhere.
Hot Pink Aluminum Half Persian 4 and 1 Bracelet

4in1-aa-pink-on-hand-backAndrew from 4in1-aa-pink-on-bottle-close-up1Chainmaille By MBOI kindly donated this really cool pink chainmaille aluminum bracelet.

Andrew’s wife Kimberly lost her grandmother to breast cancer, so this is a cause that hits close to home for them.

Andrew will ship this item anywhere.