February is in the history books, and with it we get just a little bit closer to summer. More to our point, the February Gauntlet is now open for voting. Again, we had some great entries, so go have a look and vote for your favorite. Remember, voting is open for 1 week.
We will be announcing the challenge for March very soon, so stay tuned.
We promised you we would do these pretty regularly, so here is our next installment of “On the Edge designs”
This is a weave that’s been around a while, with a few different names, but Lauren gives it a little twist with our “stardust” beads.
In our announcement yesterday for The Gauntlet, we promised to tell you a little more about Lauren from Edge Metal Elegance.
Lauren has been a customer of ours for many years, and we think she does some awesome work. That’s partly why we chose her to be the featured artist in the first Gauntlet.
But wait, there’s more……….
Even though she is the first to be featured, she will not be eligible to win. <gasp>
We are happy to announce we have formed a working relationship with her, and we now consider her part of Team Awesome. Look, we even gave her, her very own parking spot.
So, what is it she will be doing you ask? Good question. Because we think she does some awesome work, and has some great ideas, she will be passing some of those design ideas on to you.
In a new feature here on our blog, every couple of weeks we will post a new design idea for you to have fun with. Sometimes we will just give you picture and a supply list and let you have at it. Sometimes we will make kits available, and sometimes, for the more advanced designs, we will also make new tutorials. We will call this new feature “On the Edge Designs”
Want to have some fun?
Want to test your abilities?
Want to be challenged?
Well, here it is.
Introducing The Gauntlet: Monthly Maille Throwdown.
Every month is a new contest, with a new theme. A featured artist versus everybody else. Last one standing gets a $25 store credit to C&T Designs, bragging rights, and will be the featured artist the next month.
A complete list of rules can be found here
First months challenge?
Byzantine. Anything and everything byzantine. Byzantine variants, byzantine with beads, byzantine with other weaves.
Need some examples?
Since this is new and we don’t have a winner for last month, hence no featured artist, we have picked one. Lauren of Edge Metal Elegance. We will tell you a little bit more about Lauren in a post tomorrow.
We have received lots of requests to be able to make a square dragonscale with both rings the same gauge, and other than 20g. So with that we have made 18-M rings. Copper and stainless steel are already up in the store. Bronze and red brass will follow shortly.
Last Saturday marked another fundraiser for the Rocky Mountain Riot, the local co-ed banked roller derby team. Delia Doom, one of the team members ordered a chainmaille bikini top, epilates, and D ring chain to accent a corset she recently bought. She wore it for the first time at this event.
The bikini top was made by me from 16g 5/16 BA and EPDM, using a traditional European 6-1 wave. Shoulder epilates were created by Curt and I using scales and accenting spikes. While the chain connecting the two D rings on the corset was made with a Celtic visions weave in square stainless 16-K and 18-G by Curt
The entire outfit looked incredible together, she truly fit the part of a roller derby gal.