An Epic Idea
I've spent the past six years making chainmaille clothing and jewelry and I'm always on the lookout for the next epic project. A friend of mine suggested that my next project be a wedding dress and it was too great of an idea for me to pass up.
After dreaming up the plan for my chainmail wedding dress, I immediately sourced the supplies. The cost of nearly 100,000 anodized aluminum rings for the dress and veil, as well as glass pearls, scales, and aluminum flowers comes in at over $1,300... which is a bit more than I can currently afford since I'm paying my booth fees for summer art fairs. I still want to make this idea a reality though--if only because the project is such an epic undertaking. This will be my biggest chainmail project--using 3 times the rings of my chainmaille jacket. I estimate that the dress will take at least a year to assemble, although that might be a tad ambitious--it'll probably take significantly longer.
After working on my flapper dress, I realized how much fun it is to share my projects in progress with the world. I want everyone who supports this project to have access to the behind the scenes work that goes into making an epic chainmail project. There will be a newsletter and a private blog that will chronicle the process.
While my pieces have placed in the Bead Dreams competition two years in a row, my goal is to submit this dress to the World of Wearable Art competition in New Zealand. This competition features some of the most intricate and interesting wearable art pieces from around the world. I want in! You can read more about the competition here: http://www.worldofwearableart.com/
I hope you'll consider supporting this project. I love chainmaille and I know this piece is going to be a lot of fun. It would be great if you could help me make it.
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