It's amazing how varies chainmaille can be. from delicate and lacy to you-can't-stick-a-knife-through-this!
A Golden Dragon bracelet, with a touch of silver, amber crystal eyes, and a mint green glass pearl.
...and a Winter Dragon bracelet with ice blue crystal eyes, borealis crystal skull, with gun metal and white chainmail.
Perfect gift for the fantasy, dragon loving person in your life!
Changes were necessary~ the early dragon bracelets looked cool, but the tails were not working. They got caught on things, they 'flipped' around when worn ... so I have indeed resorted to a hook on the tail, and lengthened the body by adding 5", so now it wraps veeerrry nicely around one's wrist, and is quite comfortable! And an added benefit is that it's self adjusting, so any dragon should fit any wrist!
Okay, well maybe not exactly, and Deathwing ignores me anyway...
I found a new/old craft that has captured my attention and wallet. (I don't buy clothes or shoes, I buy crafty materials.)
Chain mail was created sometime in the middle of the 1st millennium BC as a form of protection from slashing and piercing weapons, and since I've been wildly successful in this life in avoiding such attacks, I'm pursuing the decorative form, 'chainmaille' ( /cute accent).
Inspired by a fellow wire wrapper, H Pham, who posted a picture of a dragon bracelet, of which he made one, soon after discovering that he didn't like doing chainmaille, I attempted my own. After doing chainmaille for one week. Cause that's the way I fly.
Here's the result~
Made out of 270 copper based jump rings in two sizes, Swarovski crystals for eyes, glass bead head for head and on mane, and 18g and 28g wire.
I struggled with the closure. I tried claws, hooks, magnetic clasps. But everyone knows dragons don't have those dangling off their bodies! Mine keeps me company as I work (play) on the computer, and it disrupts the sinuous line and I don't want a grumpy dragon. So i fashioned the lower whiskers into 'hooks' that when her head is reared as she settles on your wrist, it latches down through the edge rings of the body as she snuggles securely on your wrist. Rear her head again, and she slips off.
Did I mention I went shopping? Many dragonlings should follow, to be available in my jewelry Etsy shop.