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February Week 4 and Summary: Japanese Chainmail

I guess I just need to take a break from this particular hobby for a while.  I spent a lot of time looking stuff up and just not wanting to make anything I found.  I would rather not make something than to spend time on a piece that I won’t wear.  So as to not disappoint, here’s a picture of a cat asleep in a pot!

Sleepy kitty

Sleepy kitty

I like making things but I’m not one to have one of everything, maybe it’s time to start making things for others.  My aunt had me make some earrings for my cousin for Christmas, which was pretty fun.  So, who wants something made for them or someone else?

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February Week 3: European Chainmail

I’m having trouble with the last couple weeks.  I haven’t found anything I want to make!  I have a nice european 6-in-1 bracelet that I made a couple of years ago that I wear every now and then.  A couple of years ago I made a gridlock choker (twice!) that I gifted away.  Since then, I haven’t found a european weave piece that I am really inspired to make.  Oh well, here are some ghost crabs to look at.

Ghost crabs (Ocypode quadrata) fighting over a burrow

Ghost crabs (Ocypode quadrata) fighting over a burrow

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February Week 2: Helm Chainmail

This week I wanted to practice some helm weave. It is a weave that can have some interesting challenges due to aspect ratio restrictions, but I like it because it lays flat.  I chose to make some earrings!

Helm chain earrings

Helm chain earrings

I don’t have much in the way of green jewelry and so decided to incorporate some color into the earrings.  This is a fairly easy weave that only took about twenty minutes or so to make, probably done while watching some Netflix.  On to the next weave!

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February Week 1: Persian Chainmail

Wow, I am way behind on posting my February accomplishments (of which most were done in March, don’t tell anyone!).  Most often, I have the post written but haven’t taken the pictures off my camera yet.  I have made one persian weave piece before, and that was later hastily wrapped and given in a white elephant gift exchange. I’m pretty sure that the person who received it has never worn it. So it was about time to make another. Supposedly, the half-persian 3-in-1 is the easier of the persian family to weave. I’m not sure I believe this, but I started it anyway.

Trying to keep the weave stable

Trying to keep the weave stable

And then I set it down for a couple hours and couldn’t remember how to weave it again. It stayed at that length for about 3 weeks until I finally figured out that I had been weaving it upside-down (maybe?) the entire time. I finished it and it looks pretty good!

Half Persian 3-in-1 Necklace

Half Persian 3-in-1 Necklace

It doesn’t lay very flat, which I prefer in my jewelery, so I may try a full persian next time. I do like it though, so I’m not giving this one away!

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January fitness update: 1/1-1/15

How am I doing so far with keeping fit and healthy in the new year?  Here’s what I’ve done so far:

1/1/2013 – Weightlifting
Barbell Deadlift (BB-DL): 65 lbs 3sX5r
Barbell Overhead Press (BB-OHP): 40 lbs 5sX10r
Barbell Squat (BB-S): 65 lbs 5sX10r
Dumbell Side Bend (DB-SB): 15 lbs 5sX15r

1/2/2013 – Weightlifting
Barbell Bench Press (BB-BP): 70 lbs 3sX5r
BB-DL: 75 lbs 3sX5r
BB-OHP: 45 lbs 3sX5r
BB-S: 45 lbs 1sX5r and 75 lbs 3sX5r
DB-SB: 15 lbs 3sX15r

1/3/2013: Weightlifting
BB-DL: 80 lbs 3sX5r
BB-OHP: 45 lbs 3sX5r
BB-S: 80 lbs 3sX5r
Dumbbell Bicep Curl (DB-BC): 15 lbs 3sX10r
DB-SB: 15 lbs 3sX15r
Russian Twist (RT): 20 lbs 3sX15r

1/4/2013: Rest

1/5/2013: Running
4 mi: 38:54

1/6/2013: Rest

1/7/2013: Running
4 mi: 40:06

1/8/2013: Rest

1/9/2013: Running and Weightlifting
4 mi: 40:32

BB-DL: 85 lbs 3sX5r
BB-OHP: 50 lbs 3sX5r
BB-S: 45 lbs 1sX5r; 85 lbs 3sX5r
DB-BC: 15 lbs 3sX10r
Dumbbell Row (DB-R): 20 lbs 3sX10r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX10r

1/10/2013: Running
3 mi: 29:53

1/11/2013: Weightlifting
BB-BP: 70 lbs 3sX5r
BB-DL: 90 lbs 3sX5r
BB-S: 90 lbs 3sX5r
DB-BC: 20 lbs 3sX5r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX10r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX15r

1/12/2013: Running Fail, sick!

1/13/2013: Weightlifting
BB-DL: 95 lbs 3sX5r
BB-OHP: 55 lbs 1sX5r, 55 lbs 1sX2r, 50 lbs 2sX4r
BB-S: 45 lbs, 1sX5r, 95 lbs 3sX5r
DB-BC: 20 lbs 3sX5r
DB-SB: 20 lbs 3sX10r
RT: 20 lbs 3sX15r

1/14/2013: Running
5 mi: 55:07

1/15/2013: Running
3 mi: 29:31

Total achievements for the first half of January:

BB-BP: 70 lbs -> 70 lbs (No Change)
BB-DL: 65 lbs -> 95 lbs
BB-OHP: 40 lbs -> 55 lbs
BB-S: 65 lbs -> 95 lbs

Running: 23 miles

Progress towards 2013 fitness goals:

BB-DL: 77% of BW
BB-S: 77% of BW
BB-BP: 57% of BW

Running: 2.3% of 1000 mi goal (I am a bit behind on the running goal, but I am not terribly concerned.)

Oh, and I have some new lifting shoes!

Totally digging the socks too!

Totally digging the socks too!

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September Week 5 and Summary: Chainmail Earrings

Just a pair of earrings to match the necklace I made earlier in the month.  I doubled the length of the increasing sizes of rings to make the earring longer.

Box Chain Ripple Earrings

I had fun working with chainmail again.  The earrings and necklace have gotten me several compliments and can be dressed up and down easily.  I really should keep up with this hobby a little better.

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September Week 3: Chainmail keychain or pendant

Time has gotten away from me again!  I have been spending a lot of my “free time” running and so haven’t had much time to post.  I have a few posts in mind and I am hoping to get those typed up in the next few days.  All this running has also cut into time that I had planned to spend on my various monthly challenges, something that I had not anticipated almost a year ago when I thought them up.  I shall endeavor to catch-all my loyal followers up on my little experiments.  By “all” I am, of course, referring to the random few people who somehow stumble their way to this thought adventure.

When coming up with the different jewelry options for this month the obvious choices include: necklace, bracelet, and earrings.  However, there are still two other weeks that needed projects.  A year ago, some friends and I made a massive order to the ring lord for supplies.  One friend ordered a couple of patterns that involved using scales.  Soon after playing withe the scales, he became quite busy and hasn’t had the opportunity to pick them up again.  I had the chance to play around with them to make a pendant.

Scalemail flower top

Scalemail flower bottom

This is an interesting piece.  I am not really much of a pendant person, maybe I’ll make it into a fan pull or attach it to a hair clip.  It didn’t take very long to make, but they weren’t joking when they said that the last ring was difficult to work into the pattern.

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