Chain Mail + Color

Vanessa Walilko
Item #67039

A Fresh Perspective on Chain Mail!

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Designer Vanessa Walilko adds colorful aluminum scales, washers, and disks to aluminum jump rings for a fun and fresh new perspective on chain mail jewelry. With just a few techniques and easy weaves to master, even beginning jewelry makers can create colorful, stylish jewelry they won’t find anywhere else!

• Projects include 20 unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more.
• Color variations offer even more ideas for making gorgeous jewelry pieces.
• Aluminum is lightweight, affordable, easy to work with, and strong.
Author: Vanessa Walilko
Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Pages: 96
Color photos: 310
Author Bio
Vanessa Walilko is a jewelry and fashion designer who has been creating chain mail for seven years and has turned it into her full-time job. Her chain mail has taken top prizes in the Bead Dreams competition and the British Bead Awards, and her pieces have been worn on television and theater Vanessa's necklaces appeared on WGN Midday News when they featured artists from the One of a Kind Show in Chicago (chosen from 600 artists), and has been used in music videos for the Japanese pop singer Salia and the band Black Alley. Her chainmaille tunics  are featured in the American Repertory Theater's production of Pippin, which is currently playing on Broadway. She sells her jewelry at juried art fairs around the country, and her pieces have been featured in international publications such as “Highlights” and “360,” as well as numerous beading publications. She teaches at the Bead&Button Show and runs her website,, where she is known for her colorful, creative style. Vanessa also blogs, runs an Etsy site, and is on Facebook.
Table of Contents
  Other Materials
  Three Simple Weaves

Chapter 1: Scales
  Monkey Bells Bracelet
  Four Leaf Clover Bracelet and Earrings
  Stacked Scale Necklace
  Chandelier Earrings
  Tri-Color Jens Pind Necklace
  Chevron Necklace
  Firebird Bracelet
  Goddess of the Sun Collar

Chapter 2: Disks
  Pretty in Pink Flapper Bracelet
  Maharani Earrings
  Butterfly Pin
  Rainbow Connection Necklace
  Light Up the Night Necklace
  Fish Scale Earrings

Chapter 3: Washers
  Washer Barrel Bracelet
  Color Spoke Bracelet
  Washer Cascade Earrings
  Chinese Coin Earrings
  Reversible Washer Bracelet
  Cirque Bracelet

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