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From Marilyn Gardiner's Studio
January 2012

Facebook News

There's a NEW LOOK on our Facebook page. If you're new to my FB page you'll see a special Welcome page, with some awesome chain mail photos. (Or you can click on Welcome in the left column to see it.) Do have a look. (Thanks to Hugh Briss at Social Identities.)

Tucson Shows 

We're in Tucson getting ready for To Bead True Blue and The Tucson Bead Show. They are back-to-back shows that started yesterday. I'll be teaching 5 days of classes starting on Wednesday, and I have a booth for the 3 days of the second show. Here's the class information. Please join me and make some jewellery.

New Projects 
Once the shows are over (and I do some buying) it's time to work on new projects for the coming year. I have some ideas (of course) but I'd really like to know what you want to see. Perhaps a new weave? Or maybe a variation of an existing one? A chain for the man in your life? Send me your ideas. I have a reward  ready for you. 


PS If you'd like to see back issues of this newsletter, visit my newsletter  Archive. 

That New Metal... 

Silver Filled Jump Ring---SF

I talked in the last newsletter about the
Persian GSG Necklace
Persian GSG Necklace
addition of silver filled rings to the online
store. The silver filled wire with the highest silver content we could find is 1/10 by weight.
Remember to contact me about prices for jump ring sizes that aren't yet in the store.

The Boss Pearl Necklace
The Boss Pearl Necklace
I've started to use these rings in new kits and variations of current ones. I'm excited that I can offer necklace kits in silver
Butterfly Necklace
Butterfly Necklace
that are more affordable.

There are also seven bracelet kits and a couple more necklace kits that use silver filled jump rings.

These three will be available at the Tucson shows, and will appear in the store soon.

Vertebrae Bracelet
Vertebrae Bracelet CU

Winter Project

 Vertebrae Bracelet Kit
Add cheer to a long, dark winter evening!

Create an unusual, flat, slinky copper bracelet.

Package offer Includes:

* 2 pairs of pliers designed for chain mail projects
* a velux Bead Mat

Special Package Price: $34.50
 Learn more about this Special Offer...

Top 5 Bracelet Projects for Beginners 


In the last newsletter I talked about some wonderful earring projects that were good choices for people wanting to try out chain mail.


This month I've put together the Top 5 BRACELETS I'd choose as first projects. I'd even go so far as to say that anyone who makes chain mail jewellery should know how to make these. 


These are different from the ones I used in the earrings--so remember that those ones also make really gorgeous bracelets. The weaves in these bracelets (just like the ones used in the earrings) can be used in many creative ways to make additional pieces of jewellery.  

Read more of this blog entry...


Meet Phoenix

PhoenixPhoenix Hutchinson is the newest member of the Gardiner Design team.

She's the lady who emails and talks to customers, packages and mails out orders, and adds new items to the website (especially clasps).

More info about her interesting background will soon be on the team page of the website (under the About tab).
Tips & Techniques

Useful Links 

I've started a page of useful links. They include regular tutorials and video tutorials.

I also have some that are just plain interesting. See the link to some stunning, lightweight chainmaille fashion wearables.

Work in Progress: A Studio Peek

I purchased these lampwork beads from Maureen Ross at the recent OGBA show in Ottawa. I've just ordered some black Niobium jump rings that I think will be amazing with them. Maybe Turkish Round?

The "black" rings turned out to be a lovely hematite colour that will look wonderful with a lampwork bead I have--but I'm still searching for really black ones (other than rings made from black craft wire).

Maureen Ross lampwork

I want to revise the Foxtail Bracelet kits in sterling and in copper. Here are the focal beads by Kirsty Naray that I want to try with the silver, and some black lava beads that should be amazing with the copper. We'll see...

: Here's a photo of the new copper Foxtail Bracelet--available soon. I'm still working on the silver one.
Foxtail Bracelet
Foxtail Bracelet

I have a very lovely necklace in the Butterfly weave, and I want to make one in silver filled (to help make it affordable as a kit). I'm looking for the right pendant but haven't found it yet. Any ideas anyone?

: See the Butterfly photo in the "Silver-Filled" section above. I'm not sure if this is the right pendant, but it will suffice for the present. Maybe I'll find something even better at the gem shows this week.

In This Issue
Featured Products

Kits with Silver Filled Jump Rings

Special Winter Project

New Kits

5 Top Bracelet Kits

Meet Phoenix   

Tips & Techniques

Studio Peek

Coming Events 

Quick Links

Upcoming Events - 2012

 To Bead True Blue, and The Tucson Bead Show, February 1-5
Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
445 S Alvernon Way, Tucson AZ U.S.A.
Daily chain mail classes-click for details.

Ottawa Bead Society, April 14-15
Tanglewood Park Community Centre
30 Woodfield Drive, Ottawa ON
2 classes and a lecture-click for details

Crafter's Cupboard, April 21, 1:00 pm
430 Laird Road, Unit 1-2, Guelph ON
Class: Love Knot Necklace-click for details
Call 519.546.7687 to register.

Toronto Bead Society Skpring Bead & Jewellery Fair, May 26-27
Toronto Reference Library
Appel Salon, 2nd Floor
789 Yonge Street (North of Bloor at Yonge)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Class information to be announced.

Frontier Airlines Center
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue,
Milwaukee WI, U.S.A.


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