My 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.
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.
My 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.
Thanks 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Etsy and at my website Maille and More Chainworks.