New scale construction

If you follow us on Facebook, you know we posted a new idea we wanted to share with you.  (If you don’t follow us, you should. )  If you saw our post, what you may not have noticed is that the construction of the scales was different than normal.  In working with designs that span multiple scales, we wanted more room.  We found when you stack scales with the normal European 4-1 construction, so much space is lost on everything but the front scale.  We wanted to change that.

Instead of  using the traditional Euro 4-1 construction, we used a gridlock construction.  It drops all the scales down further giving us more room to put designs on all the scales.  The one thing we have noted is that doing it this way tends to cup the scales back, the further (longer) you go with it.  We have made lots of earrings with this method, but haven’t gone any further, so we can’t tell you how it would work out for larger projects.

If you do something with it this way, drop us a note and let us know how it works out for you.


For the more visual among us, here is a picture of the “gridlock” construction.









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tsthing3We have a new design called vortex.  It can be done in several sizes, and  3 or 4 points.  “Fanned” rings can all be going the same way, or facing each other.  We see lots of possibilities with this one.  And since it’s been quite some time since we have done a free design, we have decided to do this as one.

We do have kits available on our site, here

Instructions will be for a small size 3 point version, and done in BA (with red brass rings to show the current step).  (More size options and 4 point lists will be at the end of the post.)

Supply list:

Base Metal – Small

Ring #1:  20 1/8” AWG – 24 rings

Ring #2:  20 11/64” AWG – 6 rings

Ring #3:  19 9/32” SWG – 1 ring


Precious Metal – Small

Ring #1:  20 1/8” AWG – 24 rings

Ring #2:  20 11/64” AWG – 6 rings

Ring #3:  18 9/32” AWG – 1 ring




Using six closed Ring #1s, and two Ring #2s, make a 2-1-2 chain.







Use a third Ring #2 to close the loop by going through the loose Ring #1s.






Using a closed ring #3, lay it on the Ring #2s as shown in picture.





Using an open Ring #2, go through two adjacent sets of Ring #1s.  Ensure Ring #3 is between the two Ring #2s capturing the ring #3 in the process.  Place a Ring #1 through both Ring #2s to lock Ring #3 in place.






Repeat step 3 two more times.








Add five Ring #1s to each point (totaling six per point), making sure they lay in the same direction.





Once all of the rings are on the points, GENTLY pull them into place.  They will click into place, you can both hear and feel it.  Once locked, they should not move from a locked position




This can be done in 3 or 4 points, with fan rings pointing in either direction.


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Other ring sizes tested in BA for 3 point

Base Metal – Medium

Ring #1:  18 11/64” SWG – 24 rings

Ring #2:  18 17/64” SWG – 6 rings

Ring #3:  16 7/32” SWG – 1 ring


Base Metal – Large

Ring #1:  16 15/64” SWG – 24 rings

Ring #2:  16 11/32” SWG – 6 rings

Ring #3:  14 ½” SWG – 1 ring


4 point ring sizes
Base Metal – Small  

Ring #1:  20 9/64” AWG – 32 rings

Ring #2:  20 11/64” AWG – 8 rings

Ring #3:  18 3/8” SWG – 1 ring



Precious Metal – Small 

Ring #1:  20 9/64” AWG – 32 rings

Ring #2:  20 3/16” AWG – 8 rings

Ring #3:  16 3/8”  AWG – 1 ring


Base Metal – Medium

Ring #1:  18 3/16” SWG – 32 rings

Ring #2:  18 17/64” SWG – 8 rings

Ring #3:  16 ½”  SWG – 1 ring


Base Metal – Large

Ring #1:  16 7/32” SWG – 32 rings

Ring #2:  16 11/32” SWG – 8 rings

Ring #3:  14 5/8” SWG – 1 ring


This tutorial is copyrighted material and all rights and design ownership remain with the authors. You may produce and sell pieces made using this design tutorial. This tutorial may not be loaned, taught or reproduced, in part or in full, in any manner (electronic, photocopying, print, video/audio recording or otherwise) without prior written authorization of the author. This tutorial entitles  you to produce physical items for personal use, as gifts or for sale in small quantities under the name Vortex and credit must be given to the designers. The tutorial remains the intellectual property of C & T Designs, all rights reserved. Mass production of the finished product is prohibited.

Anodized aluminum

We get questions almost daily about AA.  Some are easy to answer, some are not.  Some we are not ready to answer.  This post will take care of some of all of those.
First, we want to remind you we have a page set up specifically to show what AA is out at the anodizer and being worked on.  You can find it here:

AA stock page

Now, what’s not on that list.  12g AA.  Have no fear, all the colors we don’t currently have in stock are out at the anodizer in addition to what is on that list.  All of the 12g rings, and most of what is on that list, we hope to have back in just over a week.  There are a couple that will take a week or so longer.

Also not on that list, but at the anodizer (and in the little longer category) is 20g 1/8″ Black.  That’s right, we have started making 20g AA.  This is a long term project.  The rings are so little, they take so long to make, so we have paced this project for the YEAR.  The listing for them is already up on our site, but only available colors are up. (Currently just red)  As we get colors back, we will add them.  We chose to do it this way so our “Notify when back in stock” feature doesn’t get flooded.

Can you handle a second surprise?
If not, stop reading now, if you think you can, read on.
We are also starting to make 16g 3/16″ AA.  They should start showing up in a little over a month.  These are a little faster to make, so we are likely to put up a block of colors at a time.

As always, we are happy to look at making other sizes, but we need to hear from you to do so.  So, if there is another size you would like to see us do, let us know.

And remember, It’s in the Maille!!




If you have been around us any length of time, you know that we have a sale in November. (And if you didn’t, consider this your notice)  You also may or may not know we have been known to pull some shenanigans around said sale.  We are happy to say this year won’t be any different.
What can you expect?  Oh boy, we have a lot planned for you.  While we don’t want to give away all the fun just yet, we will tell you that a certain all niobium Maillstrom pendant is VERY likely to make a return, and there is a pretty good chance there will be a matching earring kit.

Ring stats

We still get a lot of people asking how many rings are in an ounce, what is this size in metric, and a list of other questions.  While we don’t mind answering these questions, we have tried to make it as easy for you as we can.  On any given ring listing, if you look at the the description (you may have to scroll depending on your monitor resolution) you will find most, if not all, the information you are looking for.

This information may be displayed a little differently on some listings, like Silver,  but the same basic information should still be there.


Here is another free project for you, this one from Paula over at Flutter by kisses.  Yup, the same great mind that brought us the sunburst, now brings you Illusion.  If you have been looking for a use for the new 12g 1″ niobium rings we have, here it is.

illusion  Paula gave us permission to post ring sizes, and even did a quick write up on assembly:

working from the middle out:
1 – 18swg 7/32″ Nb ring
1 – 14awg 5/8″ Silver Fill ring
1 – 12swg 1″ Nb ring

joining rings:
attach the 7/32 ring and the 5/8 ring together with 2 – 18awg 1/4″ rings

attach the 5/8 & 1″ rings with 3 – 18awg 9/32″ rings

put 2 18awg 7/32″ rings on the outside of your two outside 9/32″ rings but only around the 1″ ring .. attach the 2 – 7/32 rings together with an 18awg 1/8 ring .. add one or two more rings of your choosing to the 1/8 ring for a bail, and voila .. Illusion done

On the Edge

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.

rgfCelestialladderThese earrings use:
1 pr earwires
12m 3mm stardust beads
12, 20g 3/16″ Jump rings
20, 20g 3/32″ jump rings

For this project, we have made kits in Rose gold fill, Yellow gold fill and Silver fill

If you prefer, you can even use plain beads in the above metals, and we even have beads in copper if that’s your thing.



This year we are planning lots of things for you, some we have already announced.  We have already added a bunch of new products with more on the way.  We also have a few changes in the works.  Some of them “Behind the scenes”, some you may not even know we did.

Did you know we had a wholesale program?  Well, we do.  And we just made some big changes to to it to try and make it easier for everybody.

We have put the major details in a little blurb here, so you can see it anytime, and we can update it as needed.

And remember, It’s in the Maille!

Starter kits

Sometimes we are sneaky and add a product to our store before we are done with the whole product line.  There are many reason we do it, but bottom line is we do.

Sometimes our customers are even sneakier and find those products before we announce them.

This happened last night.  In a big way.  Last week we started playing with the idea of a chainmaille starter kit.  An all in one, comprehensive package of rings, findings, and tutorials to get a person started.  The first one we made up was in aluminum.

Starter kit, bright aluminum. 

Last night  a LOT of you found it.  The first person ordered it, then we received many notifications for people that wanted to know when it was back in stock, so we wanted to address some questions that we are sure you have.

First, we will get the aluminum kits made back up as soon as we can.  Unfortunately one of the dot boxes we used in it is currently out of stock.  Even our supplier is out.  So we have to wait for them.

Second, yes, we do plan on doing other metals, and we believe we can do those without the same box we are out of.  The other metals don’t fill the same volume as the BA, so the box doesn’t have to be quite as big.  We hope to be able to start putting these up by the end of the week.

Pliers……the kits contain everything but pliers, why?  We are working on a new feature in the store that would allow you to pick your own pliers (of any that we carry) and add them to the starter kit, at a reduced price.  We also hope to have that done in the VERY near future.

Something else you want to ask about them?  Let us know, and we will get you an answer.

And remember, It’s in the Maille!