Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
Dragon Rose is chainmail, scalemail, beading, and wirework, and basically anything shiny that catches my attention. ^_^
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Skills and Techniques
I do my best to produce the best quality chainmail, scalemail, etc that I am able. This means I take the time to check that each ring is closed properly and smoothly without gaps to ensure the best life span for each piece.
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Get to Know
Writer, jewelry maker, and artist - I've got a diverse range of interests. ^.^ Anything that smacks of fantasy or history (or is shiny or changes colors) is bound to catch my interest.
I live in a three-story Victorian revival that is about a hundred years old and painted like a doll house (the doing of my father and my uncle). I now have a corner of the attic that has become my studio (largely thanks to a new cat, who decided that 1) his purpose in life is to knock things over, 2) chainmail is the best toy in the world, and 3) chainmail rings are yummy). In the past, my chainmail "workshop" (a green fold-up table) tended to wander as need dictated (which usually meant taking up all the space in front of the computer so I could plant myself on hulu and netflix while working ^_^; ).
I've done my chainmailing/scalemailing at local parks, at my siblings' school, by the sidelines of the soccer field, and once during one of my little sister's concerts. One of my college friends was still finding stray rings in a few classrooms the year after I graduated.
In 2006, I taught myself how to chainmail through internet tutorials during spring break my senior year of college. I was stuck at school and had nothing better to do than to play with little jump rings and the travel set of jewelry tools I'd gotten for Christmas. On choir tour that year, I ended up making little pieces of jewelry for the host families I stayed with, and that was when I got the little *click* of "Hey! I like doing this!"
The model for my miniature jewelry is a beautiful Nabi Kiss ball jointed doll from Garden of Dolls. Her name is Lallia, named for one of the pixies in my novel Keystone (coming soon to publication! ^_^).
My (much neglected) blog can be found at: dragonrose153.livejournal.com
Here are two early custom pieces made for my former college roommate and still friend, Kat. The scalemail bellydance top with a raven inlay is made of stainless steel and black anodized aluminum, and took nearly three straight weeks of doing absolutely nothing else. The draping necklace she's wearing is hand-cut rings of galvanized steel in eight-in-one weave, and the gems in the drapes are alexandrite, with a deep red glass focal. I'm very proud of these pieces!
These wings took about three months to complete. But they came out fabulous! I made them of large scales, with mixed aluminum, mild steel, and nickel clad steel to produce a veined pattern. (Photo taken by the customer)
A closer view of the scalemail dragonfly wings, where you can see the patterns better. (Photo taken by the customer)
This is me, using the Pliers of Doom to work on the custom dragonfly wings. (Photo taken by my sister)