Confession: I don't make New Year's resolutions.
This comes from the hard learned lesson that I will never keep them and nothing, absolutely nothing, interferes with creativity like being disappointed in yourself.
So instead, I have intentions. One of my intentions for 2016 was to learn new skills. Like this Dragonscale chain maille bracelet.
Making chains isn't a new skill for me, but learning new patterns counts. I have long been fascinated by this pattern, its density, flexibility and sheer beauty. So, after Christmas, I sat down to try it out.
I hunted around the internet and found a great tutorial .here. But I had trouble finding information on what ring sizes would work best for the gauge wire I was using, 18g. So I tried 6mm and 4mm inner diameter rings. Got about half an inch done and realized I could go no further. Cutting some new rings in 6.5mm did the trick for me.
This bracelet used some place between 24 and 30 feet of 18g sterling wire, cut into hundreds of rings. Over 2 troy ounces of sterling silver, not counting the handmade toggle clasp.
But oh the results! Heavy, dense, flexible and almost silky. You have to feel it to believe it -- a great idea for a special gift.