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The Dreamweaver's Flower by Diglette The Dreamweaver's Flower by Diglette
Aluminum and silvered enameled copper hand flower in Japanese 12-in-2 and Japanese 8-in-2 with a dreamcatcher pendant. Aluminum rings are 18g and E1/4 trade size, AR 5.3. Silvered enameled copper rings, both black and silver, and 20g and 32 trade size, AR 3.3. I finally got down the perfect sizes for the weave, so it feels very slinky against the skin, more like fluid fabric than metal.
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Kamis0ri89 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I used a similar pattern to make a swim suit ^_^. The only difference is I used a small rubber ring for the vertical ones.
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Diglette Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Which makes more sense for chainmaille clothing than metal, since it would make it more flexible. :3 I've got some rubber o-rings that I want to use, but I mostly work with copper. I'm worried that if I pulled hard enough to make the rubber rings do anything, the rings would just open. Copper is soooo soft.
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Kamis0ri89 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure I never really do anything with copper. I know a lot of people who are allergic or don't like turning green.But the down side to rubber is long hair. It tends to pull it out like duct tape. ^_^
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Diglette Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You should give it a try. Silvered enameled copper doesn't turn green, ever - the copper part is never exposed to oxygen, so it can't. It's lovely and malleable, and it has a beautiful weight to it.
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Kamis0ri89 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what the average price for it. ^_^ not really into spending lots of money atm.
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Diglette Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, you can get a few yards from hobby lobby for four or five bucks. I usually order it by the 1/4 pound on Amazon. You can do a LOT of chainmaille for a quarter pound of copper, especially in 20g. Of course, that runs between 11 and 20 dollars.
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Kamis0ri89 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. I usually buy anodized aluminum for its durability and color.
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Diglette Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD I don't like purely aluminum weaves. It doesn't have a substantial enough weight for me, and copper is durable enough for normal jewelry wear. I've also noticed that the enamel stays on better than anodization, probably because it's thicker. You get some gorgeous colors, too.

But every now and then, when I'm using a piece that uses bigger rings spaced out enough to weaken the weave, I'll pick up aluminum for the very reasons you mentioned.
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