Friday, September 30, 2011

Chain Maille DVD Review & Giveaway!

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I am always excited to receive my latest issue of Bead and Button Magazine, and even more so when I saw my favorite Chain Maille artist, Scott David Plumlee was one of the feature articles. If you regularly read my blog, you may remember this little review I did about a month ago. After that review, Scott asked if I would be interested in reviewing his new DVDs--of course, I jumped at the chance!
The first one, "Make Chain Maille Jewelry" runs for 87 minutes.
This is a very comprehensive look at making single, double & Byzantine chain weaves, and you will come away with the skills to create specific projects and even a beautiful "S" clasp. The camera angle is often from the maker's perspective which makes it easy to see exactly what to do. He starts out by outlining the tools you will need--many of which you may already have. I appreciated the time he took explaining what each tool is capable of and the tips he sprinkled here and there in the DVD.

The first thing Scott does is teach you to make your own jump rings. From the types and gauges of wire, to how to wrap & cut the rings, all the way to proper opening and closing of jump rings, everything is clear and demonstrated.

Moving on to projects, you learn how to make a single, double, and my personal favorite, Byzantine chain. What I liked about the demos was that he used very large rings first and repeated the steps a few times before moving onto the smaller jewelry size rings. Think you are done--no way! Next he shows how to modernize these weaves by embellishing them with beads!

Lastly, he shows you how to forge your own clasp from a simple piece of wire--how cool is that?!

There was not a boring or wasted moment in this DVD & if I wasn't already excited to try more projects...I am now! What? You, too? You are in luck! Scott David Plumlee has very generously provided me with not one, not two, but THREE of his Beaded Romanov Earring Kits for a giveaway. These are the same kit that I made in my previous post above.
So, what do you have to do? Visit Scott's website, look around, and come back here and post what your favorite pattern or thing about his site is.
The winners will be drawn about Noon EST on September 30, 2011. One entry per person. Open to everyone worldwide. I am going to cut up the comments so everyone has a fair chance at winning! Good Luck!

This is an unsolicited, honest review of this DVD which I was provided free along with the 3 kits for the giveaway.


Unknown said...

Oh Oh Oh pick me!!!! I am in love with everything in Book 3 and so wish I had those patterns and supplies! WOOWie!!!!!

Magic Love Crow said...

Hey Debbie ;o) This is really cool! And, how important do you feel, reviewing his new DVD's!! Wow!! You are a special young lady! It's really sweet that Scott gave you three kits to giveaway! I went to his web site and if you go under the jewelry section, on the second row, there is a pendant, that looks like a star, and it has turquoise beads in the middle. I really like the style of it! (I will e-mail you tomorrow, it's been a long day!)

Gloria said...

This man has such talent and he's sharing it with tutorials as well! The web site was impressive with shared links and lots of helpful info.

The Sequential Lotus pattern caught my attention, I think it's beautiful.

Thanks for sharing this love of chain maille with us and thanks for a chance to win a kit.

Talking Horses Arts said...

Thank you for your visit Moose as always very appreciated.
Wow lucky you, awesome you got to do this and it seems he very much appreciated what you did.
I am wishing everyone good luck on your drawing such a wonderful give away.
Thanks for sharing,

Darla said...

Great give away. I visited the site and my favorite part was the tutorials. Generous with info.

Please put me in the drawing.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am so impressed with these kits, and David's web site. My favorite was the mandrel-tip pliers which I don't have. I so enjoyed seeing them in use making the loops in the beaded Byzantine bracelet. Very creative and looks time consuming. I'd love to be in your drawing for one of these kits. said...

I love his updated site. I hadn't been there in months. Thanks for taking me there. Of course I love he tutorials! But my favorite thing is always the gallary of his work! I love looking at the pics of finished work. It gets me inspired & worked up to create something new of my own! Thanks again & I hope I win =)

Theresa MacNaughton said...

Oh how fabulous this is, Debbie! Thank you!!! And the contest ends on my birthday - so I shall keep my fingers crossed. I ADORE chain maille jewelry - it would be most fun to learn. I really liked the geometric connections section - like the Romanov Earrings and the Snowflake earrings. They would be amazing to try!!! :) Thanks for offering such a lovely giveaway! :)

di from di-did-it said...

Hi, Debbie. Thanks for the link to Scott's website and chance to win your give-away. I perused Scott's site and really like the chaos bracelet and earrings. I might have to order his 2nd book to learn this technique!

Magaly Guerrero said...

This is lovely, Craftymoose, and your words make everything jump at me and makes me want to create. I couldn't choose just one thing from Scott's site. I love the Starfish Pendant, The Side Knot Bracelet, and pretty much everything.


Lori said...

Wow--It Looks like a very impressive Tool of knowledge! Much to be learned and enjoyed to a Lucky winner!!

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

Wow what an awesome giveaway! I'm really impressed by his website, the tutorials look great and although I have no experience at all I feel like I might be able to make a piece with one of his kits. I have to say though my favorite thing was the purple and silver bracelet on the cover of his bead and chain book!

Thanks for the chance to win!

♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ said...

I love the Beaded Rosary Byzantine Bracelet Tutorial

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

DVArtist said...

Ohhhhh how much fun is this? Congratulations on being the reviewer for Davids DVDs. Yes I want to win this!!!!! Really I do. Please count me in.
I am home now from my vacation. Wish it would never end. LOL
Your blog looks great, as always.

My Grama's Soul said...

Thanks for this opportunity....I can't believe that I STILL am so slow in dragging my feet in learning this wonderful craft...perhaps if I am lucky enough to win this kit....I will finally get off my duff and make something. LOL LOL