One of the first inspirations I had when I was starting to make jewelry was chain mail armor. I mean, that stuff is just amazing - so strong and yet so flexible that it moved with the body. Except for the weight, I imagine that it was perfect as body armor.
Those were exactly the qualities I wanted to have in my handmade metal jewelry - strong of course, to hold up to daily wearing but flexible enough to be completely comfortable for the wearer. Who has ever worn jewelry that was so stiff you wore it once and, after that, it sat in your jewelry box? I know I have. Never again!
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I am Laura Teague, a metal smith, knitter and sewist living and working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and traveling the western US whenever I can!