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Chain Maille Artisan
TEACHES CENTURIES-OLD CRAFT TO VILLAGERS
STORY BY RICA KEENUM | PHOTOS BY BRANDON ATWELL
In its early days, the steel coils kept enemy blades
from piercing knights in battle. Today's chain maille
takes a more upbeat approach: fashion.
Jenean Best became interested in it when her daughter-in-law
introduced it, noting chain maille was vastly
different from anything she'd previously done.
" I was actually in the IT field - a very left-brain job,
and this is a very right brain hobby, " she said. Soon, Best
began exploring new designs and materials, including
rose gold, copper, titanium, sterling silver or niobium.
For people with a hypersensitivity to metals, Best says
niobium is the solution, as it's 99.9% hypoallergenic.
In addition to the array of materials artisans can use,
there are thousands of patterns they can master. Best
calls them weaves.
" Chain maille has been around since the 13th century, "
she said. " This is Byzantine, and there are so
many variations; it just depends on how complex you
want to get. "
Prior to moving to The Villages nearly four years
ago, Best showcased her pieces at farmers markets
in the Colorado Springs area. She continues to attend
craft festivals around Florida, while learning
new weaving techniques and creating more intricate
bracelets, necklaces, anklets and earrings.
" It's trial and error, " she said.
Sporting a few stunning examples, Best
holds out her wrist to show a helm weave
bracelet with spiraled links interlocked like
rows of blooming flowers. It's typically a
straight weave, but her circular pattern
offers an ornate twist. Altering ring sizes,
threads and loops can drastically change
the look and style of a piece, from a foxtail
to a Celtic star, to a knot or vertebrae
weave. And while Best sticks to jewelry
making, chain Maille can take many
forms.
Above: One of Lan's drawings that she displays
in the classroom for reference.
" Some weavers make purses or vests, and some still
even make the typical chain maille, " she said.
Drawing from her experience as an employee trainer,
Best now teaches a range of chain maille classes
through the Enrichment Academy.
" I have a roset weave that I teach, and it's just three
interlocking rings for beginners, " she said. " The most
important beginning step is to learn how to open and
close rings. I work in aluminum because it's a very easy
metal to work with, and also it's inexpensive for students
to get started. "
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