Jody Steensland – Maille and More Chainworks

chainworks-3-200x300My name is Jody Steensland and I create modern day Chainmaille jewelry based on an ancient form of traditional dating as far back as 2500 years; however, now used mainly as underwater protective gear, reenactment scenes, decorative uses (belly dancing) and fine jewelry.
My initial introduction to Chainmaille came when I met my husband 13 years ago. He was wearing a Maille bracelet made of stainless steel rings. I was instantly intrigued and began researching its rich history and modern day uses. Needless to say I began making simple style bracelets for family and friends, but the interest never faded away so a year ago I decided it was time to offer the public my unique creations.

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The materials and tools I use are quite simple: Wire – lots and lots of wire (brass, copper, stainless, but mainly half-hard sterling silver), precision pliers, assorted mandrels, jump ring saw, and jeweler’s tumbler but mainly I invest a great deal of my heart, soul and creativity. Each piece begins as a specified length of wire made into a continuous coil of rings then cut to form individual rings which are then connected one by one to form a unique piece of jewelry like no other.

chainworks 2My jewelry is 100% handmade and cannot be found on any traditional store shelf. Many of the bracelets take 2 to 4 hour to make while the necklaces can take up to 10 hours – both depending on the intricacy of the weave.

chainworks 4Thanks for taking the time to read about me and my passion – If you have any questions or would like further information please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at You can also find me on Etsy and at my website Maille and More Chainworks.