As the Bead Soup Blog Party is enormous (nearly 500 blogs to visit and comment on), I thought I'd add the fun of some scavenger hunts to the mix to encourage people to visit.
You do NOT have to have participated in the Party as a designer in order to win!
I was delighted to review my editor, Karin Van Voorhees's new book,
"Linked -- Innovative Chain Mail Jewelry Designs.
Karin gathered noted artists John Fetvedt, Diane Miller, Anne Mitchell, Laura Poplin, Sue Ripsch, and Vanessa Walilko to create beautiful, accessible jewelry using jump rings. There are 22 projects, as well as information on how to make your own jump rings should you wish, how various metals will affect your work (and your hands!), a great page on soldering (soldering is NOT require for the majority of these projects, but the soldering that IS required is easy to do. I didn't burn anything up.)
Other than the projects, my favorite pages are about aspect ratio, how to control your rings, and how to know what size to use for what project. I like to make my own chains, but I often have to wing it and take things apart when I don't have a good grasp on what 3.5 mm versus 4.5 mm will do. Too small, and your piece can be too tight and crimp up. Too large, and your piece may look wobbly (but then again, it could look really cool, as I've learned when making King's Maille with huge rings.)
I'm running this on the honor system.
and scroll towards the bottom to see the loooong list of designers.
Visit until you find someone who used chain.
It does NOT have to be handmade chain, just chain.
Please don't just start at the top --
give people in the middle and the bottom some love, too,
and comment, even if you don't find chain!
To enter, make a comment below, click here to email me
with the subject "Scavenger Hunt"
and the name of the blog
in the body of the message.
(that way, people won't see the comments and go to that same blog).
A winner will be chosen Friday, May 16th.
I'll then add another scavenger hunt!
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.