Frequently Asked Questions
Why are your tutorial prices so high?
I am a chain maille teacher...I teach at bead
stores and shows.
The directions that I offer for sale on my website
are the directions that I use in my classes and are offered here
as a service for students who cannot make a specific class but
still want to learn the weave.
The $10 for the individual tutorials is less
than I normally receive as my "teaching fee" for a class if it
were being taught by me at a bead store or other venue.
For a list of other web sites offering free chain
maille tutorials, please visit the
Why do you rename the weaves?
I use the names of the weaves that I
found them under when I learned them.
In some cases, later I have discovered that the
name I was using is not an accepted or "official" name. In most cases I
change the information on my web site to match the weaves proper
or commonly accepted name.
In a few cases, the names of the
weaves are not appropriate for advertising as a class at a bead
store or show (Bastard), and I do change those, but a note is
made of the original name under the weave specifications.
For each weave on my web site I do
my best to use the proper name for the weave and to identify the
originator of the weave when I can.
If you see information on my web
site that you feel is inaccurate, please feel free to
I tried using the ring sizes that you suggested
and they don't work.
ring sizes that I post on my site are all using AWG wire and
metric measurements. I use those because I live in the
United States, so the wire I purchase is based on the AWG gauge,
and I got my start with kits from
Urban Maille, and they
use metric jump ring sizes.
my ring sizes to whatever system you use, all you need to do is
use the AR charts that I have posted in the
Look up the ring
size that I suggest for the weave on the
AWG Metric chart.
For this example, let's use my favorite ring size...16 ga 4.5 mm
ID which has an AR of approximately 3.5.
To convert the 16 ga 4.5 mm ring size to your
particular wire gauge/mandrel measurements, simply open up the
appropriate chart and locate 3.5 (or the closest you can get to
it) in the chart and it should give you the closest
approximation of ring sizes to use.
same AR number can also be used to upsize or downsize weaves.
For example, I know that Byzantine works perfectly with 16 ga
4.5 mm jump rings...but what if I wanted to make it out of 20 ga
wire? Simply find the closest number to 3.5 on the 20 ga
In this case, 20 ga 2.75 mm has an
AR of 3.4. That's a little smaller, so it means that the
weave would be slightly tighter than it is using 16 ga
wire...but it would still probably work. 20 ga 3.0 mm has
an AR of 3.7, so it would probably work, as well, but the weave
will be a little looser than it is in 16 gauge wire.
Can I sell pieces of
jewelry that I make using your directions?
Yes, of course.
Can I teach a
jewelry making class with your directions?
No, not unless each of the students purchase their
own copy of the directions from my web site. The pictures
and words in the directions are my original work and therefore
fall under my copyright.
What you may do is learn the pattern
from my directions and then rewrite them in your own words and
teach students from your own, original directions.
When can I expect my order?
If your order is only for patterns, they will
be sent to you, in most cases, via e-mail within 24 hours
(usually less) or placing your order.
Orders that need to be sent via the US Post
Office will be mailed on the Saturday after you order was
I place an order for directions and have
not received them.
Check you spam or junk mail filter. Many
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have begun blocking e-mails
with pdf file attachments.
Also, please verify that you PayPal
information is current and correct. I have received orders
in past from closed e-mail accounts and the directions to do not
get to the customer.
Finally, e-mail me through the
contact page to check on the status of
your order if all else fails. I have been having some
problems on my end with my ISP blocking e-mails from Hot Mail,
Yahoo!, G-Mail, AOL, and Comcast accounts.
It's possible that your order got stuck in my