12 August 2008

Wedding Bells are Ringing

No, not mine. Two of my friends got married this weekend and I was flattered when they contacted me to make matching necklaces for the bridesmaids.

I should start earlier. Mateo, the groom, got ahold of me around 6 months ago with an idea. We were in IRC and he was looking for a good place to buy a silver chain for a charm he bought. We talked, he sent me a pic of the charm, and came up with a plan. The result was a sterling engagement necklace, and soon after he announced his engagement to the beautiful bride to be.

That is by far the most sentimental thing I've done in my four years of mailling, and I was SO happy I could be a part of such a happy thing. Then Jenn, the bride to be, emailed me about ideas for the wedding. We finally settled on matching necklaces for the bridesmaids. They're helm chain, in bright aluminum.

This was my first time working with helm chain, and I ran across a problem almost immediately. After seeking advice on a mailling forum and ordering the rings, I soon found out that the AR's of the smaller and larger rings didn't quite fit right. Well, I wasn't going to let that stop me! So each of the smaller rings has been lightly pinched into an oval shape. I loved the weave so much (despite the challenge) after finishing the necklaces, I plan to make another one for myself. Maybe a matching bracelet. When/if I get a bit more spare time I might tinker with making something with a helm sheet.

TL;DR - My maille made a significant appearance in a friend's marriage, and I'm so happy for their new life together.

Photo sources:
The Non Sucky Wedding
GSpeezy's Flickr Set