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Help me make a chainmail wedding dress from 100,000 anodized aluminum rings to submit to the World of Wearable Art Show next year.

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.

The Supplies

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.  

The Plan

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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    Anyone who donates $2 or more will receive exclusive access to the newsletter/website that will detail progress of the dress. Get pictures and the in-depth story about how a piece like this is created.

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    You'll receive the exclusive newsletter AND your name will be listed in a special section of my website for supporting my chainmaille wearable art.

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    Want to make your own chainmail? Get the first two rewards and 50 scales in your choice of colors. Check out available colors here: http://www.kalibutterfly.com

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    You'll get rewards #1 and #2 as well as a link from my site to the website of your choice.

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    Receive the first three rewards and be my VIP guest at the RAW Artist fashion show on May 24 at the Double Door in Chicago. Hobnob with artists during the event. Be the first to see my latest chainmail fashion creations on the runway. (For more info, check out their website here: http://www.rawartists.org/)

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    Receive the first three rewards as well as your choice of earrings from any one of my jewelry collections

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    Make your own chainmail! Get the first three rewards, 200 hundred scales in your choice of colors, and the PDF for the scale mail bracelet in my Etsy supply shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/88540181/instructions-chain-mail-bracelet-scale

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    Receive the first three rewards as well as your choice of any bracelet (up to $50 value) from one of my collections.

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    Receive the first three rewards and be my VIP guest at the RAW Artist fashion show on May 24 at the Double Door in Chicago. Get together for dinner and drinks beforehand (my treat!). Be the first to see my latest chainmail fashion creations on the runway. (For more info, check out their website here: http://www.rawartists.org/)

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    Receive the first three rewards, AND a two-hour private lesson for any chainmaille technique you'd like. If you want to make jewelry or you want to figure out how to start making a chainmail scarf, I'll lead you through all the steps.

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    Receive the first three rewards and any necklace in my Etsy shop valued at under $125. Feel free to request custom colors or designs.

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    The ultimate reward--receive 10 hours of private coaching to create your own piece of chainmail clothing. I'll guide you through every step of the process from ring counts to weave choices to pattern creation. If you've always wanted to create your own piece of chainmail clothing but had no idea where to start, this is for you. Lesson time can be split up any way you like and out of towners can set up Skype times as necessary.

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