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Rainbow Elfsheet by coldfirecustoms Rainbow Elfsheet by coldfirecustoms
Elfsheet bracelet made in super bright rainbow colors. We're still deciding the future of this piece, but for now, we'll say it was just made for funsies. :)
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Devinejewels92 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
H-how did you make this master peice? omg ponies i want!
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yarngirl Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful! I've dabbled, just a bit, in chainmaille... that looks complicated.
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Suicide-and-Cocaine Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011   Writer
I so so love this =D
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Thank you! ^_^
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Suicide-and-Cocaine Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011   Writer
you're welcome :]
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KitArcus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this! I'd so buy it if I could :la:
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Thanks! We might end up putting some on etsy eventually. xD
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depressoboy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I gotta tell you - I kind of love this. It's just cheerful to look at.
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Thanks! Yeah, it's rather bright. X_X
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Divulged Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
I really like how you chose that pattern to do a rainbow piece. The zig-zag works great.
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Thanks! I like it too. ^_^ Took a couple tries until I ended up with a pattern I liked.
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Divulged Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
You're welcome. Oh, OK!

I will probably make an elfsheet soon, because I made elfweave, but I don't like how it collapses.
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Agreed. It looks SOOO much better as sheet.
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youvegotmaille Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Wow... I'd thought about doing elfsheet in a colorscheme but hadn't gotten around to it. Rainbows yay!!
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Thanks! You should try it. ^_^
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ArmoredKoi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh my Goooods, it's even more beautiful than I imagined.
/droooooollll
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Thanks! ^_^
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ArmoredKoi Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:heart:
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Mommy-of-Monsters Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011   Artisan Crafter
I need to get off my bum and learn me some elfweave and elfsheet. The only sheet maille I currently know is dragonscale... love it, but I need MORE! :D Y'all's stuff is always so great.
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
You should try it! Once you get it started it's quite easy. It has a reputation of being a pain for some reason but it's really not that bad. Use the tutorial I've posted below if you decide to give it a shot. The tutorials on cgmaille and mailleartisans are totally backwards for that weave, imho. This one makes it MUCH easier. Just be aware that the second set of connectors (in the middle, joining the two elfweaves) can be quite frustrating. It's a pretty tight fit!

Use this tutorial if you try to do it: [link]
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Mommy-of-Monsters Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Awesome. I just haven't gotten around to trying it yet. I did a little happy dance when my dragonscale didn't lock up, so now I figure I need another sheet maille added to my list of things I can do. Especially since dragonscale is so dense and heavy. Is this one lighter? I haven't even seen it to know because not all that many people in my area have chainmaille at shows...

I will take a look at your tutorial, though. Thanks for that. CGMaille's tut's are beautifully rendered, but I can't follow half of them. Most of the ones I've used have been on M.A.I.L. And I have some pretty awesome fine point pliers for the tight fits, so hopefully I won't throw it across the room in frustration. LOL
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
It all depends on the ring sizes you choose. I usually go with a medium size for my dragonscale so I don't really find it all that dense. Elfsheet is VERY dense when you connect into the sheet. Doing the "weaves" is very easy but when you connect them it gets super tight. I use 18g 3/16" for it. Weight-wise I'd say they're about the same. They use roughly the same amount of rings for each, the elfsheet is just bunched a lot more. I would personally say that difficulty wise elfsheet is harder and more frustrating than dragonscale. Dragonscale takes a lot of time to make but is a very easy weave. Elfsheet takes awhile to make but seems faster to actually weave (probably since you're making two bracelets and connecting them) but is more difficult once you connect them imho.

Also, don't be discouraged if you finish each of the weaves and it doesn't look quite right. They don't like to flatten out on their own. Once you start connecting them into a sheet they flatten and look really nice. :)

The tutorial isn't mine. It's a random one that Mikaela ran across for me to try since I was getting frustrated with the cgmaille one! It's sometimes difficult to understand where he is doing things but at least the order is better. CGMaille's "Guess, double up, then halve" is completely unnecessary and complicated! xD

I really want to get a video camera and make my own tutorials for this stuff. The ones I keep finding sometimes seem so lacking for visual learners.
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Mommy-of-Monsters Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Yeah, dragonscale went together really fast after the initial floppy stage. IDK if everyone else's does that, but mine was floppy until after the first half inch or so.

I'm just starting to do the local shows in my area, and chainmaille is very unique in this area. I think if I know more weaves and have a very wide range of items instead of the usual byzantine it'll grab a lot more attention. I've been watching y'all's pages and ~ArmoredKoi's and really like the look of elfweave and sheet, so it's on my list of things to do. Who knows, maybe the elfsheet will scare me until I try it and find I like making it for the challenge. JPL did the same thing. Scared the crap out of me until I sat down and did it and realized it's actually fairly easy with the right sized rings.

I also have a bad tendency to use smaller rings. My dragonscale bracelet is 20g, and the JPL I did was 20g little bittiness. My next order of rings is going to be 18g though because after my first show yesterday I realized I don't actually have anything for the guys that came to the booth, so I'm determined to make some chunkier stuff.

Off topic question, though... do y'all make copper and/or bronze rings?
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
We sometimes use enameled copper and every now and then I use brass but neither of us has used bronze before. It's on the to-do list!
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Mommy-of-Monsters Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011   Artisan Crafter
I did a turkish roundmaille in bronze. After cleaning it (my skin turns anything even remotely related to copper black in the time it takes me to make a bracelet) the subtle difference between that and my copper pieces is pretty neat. I was just wondering because I could really use a decent priced supplier that's in the states. TRL is great, it just takes forever for stuff to get here. LOL I'm impatient when it comes to expecting packages. I like using copper but I find it makes me lazy. My hands hurt when I go from copper to aluminum... And I don't even try steel. It scares me. O.o
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Try [link]
They're a bit expensive compared to TRL but their quality is astonishing. Also very nice people from when we've talked and met them. :)

www.candtdesigns.com also has some good stuff. Some interesting colors you can't get anywhere else. Their website seems to be a little finicky today though.

TRL is basically the cheapest place you can possibly get rings but the downside is the rings are a little lower in quality (buy some silver blue buddha and compare them to TRL) and their shipping takes an eternity.

As far as difficulty...I've been working on a titanium dragonscale over the past couple weeks in between all the stuff for our show. It's a bit out of control on the difficulty factor just due to the toughness. I have to use HUGE industrial pliers to open and close the rings and there is so much springback that its basically impossible to close them decently. You literally can't budge the rings without the pliers. >.<
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Mommy-of-Monsters Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Bright colors!!! I love it. :D
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Hahaha! Thanks! ^_^
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, the colors make the dynamics of elfsheet stand out so much more! Great job!
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Yeah, they really do! Thanks for the compliment! ^_^
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My pleasure! :heart:
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heatherazzi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Funsies sounds like a good enough reason to me! :)
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Funsies is a good reason to do basically anything! xD
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imaCHICKteehee Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Student Photographer
I absolutely LOVE this
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
Thanks for the kind words! ^_^
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imaCHICKteehee Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Student Photographer
You are very welcome, it really is awesome
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jess1713 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
aw too bad... I'd buy it!
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coldfirecustoms Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
Thanks for the positive reinforcement! It will probably end up on our etsy eventually. Since we're in the process of making 1000+ pieces for a big show in May our Etsy store is pretty pathetic at the moment. xD
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