Monday, June 28, 2010

Chainmail Belly Dance Belt

No one will ever accuse me of being a hand model. Between the baking burns, constant OCD hand washing, and working with chainmail, I officially have the worlds ugliest, roughest hands. No joke. My husband can confirm. We're talking wicked witch territory here.

But in the end it's worth it, because my family gets delicious baked goods, my therapist is still in business, and I get awesome chainmail pieces like this one.

All it took was a bag of jump rings, two kinds of pliers, calloused hands, focus, and a Buffy marathon.

Of course, it doesn't have to be for belly dancers only (although that's what I'll use it for). It could be worn to the Ren Faire, for LARP, or just because it's awesome.

This is my first chainmail adventure. You see, last Christmas our oldest son decided he wanted to learn to make chainmail armor. Being wondiferous parents, me an my husband bought him a very large bag of jump rings. He was very excited about them. So excited that he never did anything with them, deciding it was too hard. Or too boring. I'm not clear on that one.

Seeing that pricey bag of metal sitting there not living up to it's potential got me itching (the mosquitoes are bad this time of year). I should go online, research the history of chainmail, study patterns and refference until I have a solid, sound knowledge base.

Or I'd just grab some pliers and start putting rings together.

And I have to say that I'm very pleased with the final result, and that I've developed a love for this particular craft.

Even if my hands hate me for it.


  1. Wow, that's amazing for just starting from scratch and going with the flow. Sweet! You have a beautiful site. I'm definitely bookmarking it so I can try the recipes. Come on over any time! :)

  2. My wife has asked me to use this as a model to make her a similar piece.

    I hope you don't mind. Your piece is quite nice.


  3. Thank you! I don't mind at all, I hope your wife likes it :)

  4. I hope you don't mind me asking - is the actual belt component just two chains with 1 ring attached to the other? Just a 1-1-1-1-1 chain, attached to each other by the double rings? And how was it clasped in the back?

    Beautiful work!

  5. Yes, the main body is two single chains connected every other ring by doubles. The closure is a large, sturdy silver-plated hook and eye found at Michael's.



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