Crazy Creations – the Della!

by Mhairi Simpson on April 18, 2015

I’ve shared these pictures before, or some of them, at least, on social media but I’m going to go more in depth here. This is where I show you some of my art in more detail. Today, it’s the first chain maille bracelet I made, back in January. It’s called the Della, after the client I made it for.

2 in 2 skulls and fairies 2

 

This is a really simple chain, what we call 2 in 2, because it’s two rings which are each connected to another two rings. Very basic, quick to make, but resulting in a nice solid chain. This rings are very small, 4mm across, so the chain is slim but strong.

Della has a thing for skulls and angels. I scoured the land (of Hobbycraft) for angel pendants and couldn’t find any I liked, so plumped for fairies instead, on the basis that they had wings and were pretty. Luckily it turned out well – Della loved it and the antique brass look of the fairies worked well with the antiqued copper rings. The skulls are dyed turquoise – astonishingly something like 90% of all the turquoise produced in the world is dyed. You can get it in all sorts of colours. I ended up with the right colour for Della entirely by accident – she loves this shade of blue.

Skulls and fairies detail 1

 

I found this toggle clasp and just had to have it. You’ll be shocked to discover it has proved very popular among my clients – I’ve been able to find them in silver plate, as well as copper plate – makes for a nice variety in options.

 

Skulls and fairies detail 3

 

This is actually the simplest chain I’ve ever made but the effect turned out beautifully. Chain maille is often gorgeous in its own right. This weave allows the attached charms to really stand out, as well as giving the toggle clasp a chance to shine (pun not intended).

I make these shinies to order. You can see more of my designs on Etsy. I love making chain maille and would do it anyway, but it’s an added thing of wonder to get paid for it. Since I make them to each client’s specification (length, charms, colour, materials), every one is slightly different – a chain like the Della would cost you £25. If you want to talk about a present for yourself or a loved one, just drop me a line at mhairi (at) mhairisimpson (dot) com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Fiction Friday – #WIP

by Mhairi Simpson on April 17, 2015

This is a snippet from By The Power Of Lords And Ladies, my new current work in progress. (Yes, I know it’s hard to keep track. It’s hard for me too, sometimes.)

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Richard Webster peered in through the windows of his car once he’d locked it, just to make sure. Everything was hidden by the seat cover and the tinted windows made it impossible to see any details. He took a deep breath, checked his tie for the hundredth time and turned towards the long, low, gleaming white building at the other end of the car park.
In a tech age, initial security at GodStep Electric was time-consuming, to say the least. The letter accompanying Richard’s contract had mentioned it would take up to an hour, although James Terry, the tech running the tests, managed to shave this down to forty-eight minutes. To Richard’s surprise, it didn’t feel like forty-eight minutes. An ECG was somewhat time-consuming but he had to focus on not constantly scanning the room and wondering if he was about to wake up because this had to be a dream. The constantly flickering lights added to the surreal atmosphere. It seemed more real when he didn’t get his watch back afterwards, though. Nor his phone, tablet or keys.
“Right,” said Terry. “Now we know you won’t drop dead in the presence of electricity.” He grinned, an explosion of white teeth and sparkling eyes, and opened up a locker, placing Richard’s gear inside. “All your electronics go in here. You can pick them up again when you leave after work. I’m sure you understand.”
“Of course,” said Richard, grinning back before he realised what he was doing and schooled his face to a blank mask. “Electronic spectra cover a wide range of frequencies and usually require direct connection to the source but the levels of power generation in an HEF plant are so high that the very atmosphere can become charged, thereby corrupting or even ruining delicate electronics. The human body, of course, is far more insulated although accidents can happen, hence the ECG and other tests.” He took a breath. It had only been a few weeks since he graduated but it seemed like years since he’d been around anyone who had the slightest awareness of the importance of his chosen field, or its myriad potential pitfalls. Moving home had been a disaster in more ways than one.
Terry gave him a blank look. “Yeah,” he said. “And there’s a theft problem.”
“Oh,” said Richard.
“Okay, then.” Terry snapped a padlock through the hasp on the locker door and handed the key to Richard.
The locker was decorated with an image of the Lord god Alakhti in his incarnation as the Destroyer, ripping a planet in two. For a simple etching it was remarkably detailed, the god’s expression of furious power clear above his rippling muscles as flames licked out of the planet’s core. Next to it was Alakhti the Lover. The next was emblazoned with Alakhti the Sun-Drinker.
Further on, a section was decorated with Venori, Lady of Love and sometime consort of Lord Alakhti. Beyond her were more lockers decorated with Fenrilian, Lord of Words and Song, and yet more beyond that etched with images of Carilth, Lady of Air, right down through the pantheon in all their various incarnations. It was comforting, that such attention was paid to the gods, although presumably practical too, and he said as much.
“The board is devout, but it also makes it easier to find your stuff,” Terry explained.

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Like it? Hate it? Not sure either way? Let me know in the comments!

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The Wednesday Word – ABER

April 15, 2015

Welcome back to the Wednesday Word. (Disclaimer: all words are a product of my imagination. If you should find any Wednesday Word in a dictionary, a/ shame on you for looking it up and not making up your own definition and b/ I didn’t know it was there.) Today’s word: ABER Noun: Pieces of flint too […]

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Who gets to label you?

April 14, 2015

Anyone can be crazy (/ˈkreɪzi/) Anyone can be creative (/kriːˈeɪtɪv/) Anyone can be labelled. Anyone can label you. Anyone can define you. But why let them? Instead of asking how others define you, ask yourself. How do you define you? No one knows you better than you. After all, you’ve been you all your life. […]

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Be A Bard – The Axe

April 13, 2015

Be A Bard is a storytelling card game. You play a card and keep the story going according to what’s on the card, the object being to lose all your cards. And no, it’s not quite that simple but that’s the gist of it. Today we will riff off the below image – The Axe. If […]

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Why I just cancelled the #BeABard Kickstarter

April 6, 2015

Yep, just hit that ‘Cancel funding’ button. You’re probably wondering why. Well, the tl:dr is that the product is awesome but the Kickstarter was not. I definitely launched the Kickstarter too soon. The product itself is solid – that’s been proven with extensive and 100% successful playtesting. The launch, however, not so much. I didn’t […]

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Going to Eastercon!!

April 3, 2015

Actually I’m going tomorrow but I’m totally excited about it. I get to meet up with some friends, some of whom I’ve never actually met in person before! I get to play Bard. And I get to make new friends! This always happens at conventions, which is really why I love conventions. I’ll be totally […]

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And the Be A Bard Kickstarter is LIVE!!! IT LIVES!!!!

April 2, 2015

And if you just want to go and see it right now, here’s the link! Well, it’s been a very crazy year. This time twelve months ago I was just finishing up my notice period at the most challenging job I’ve ever had. The work was killing me with stress but the people were the […]

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Be A Bard – Battle Chicken

March 30, 2015

Be A Bard is a storytelling card game. You play a card and keep the story going according to what’s on the card, the object being to lose all your cards. And no, it’s not quite that simple but that’s the gist of it. Today we will riff off the below image – Battle Chicken. […]

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The Wednesday Word – OTSYDYL

March 25, 2015

Welcome back to the Wednesday Word. (Disclaimer: all words are a product of my imagination. If you should find any Wednesday Word in a dictionary, a/ shame on you for looking it up and not making up your own definition and b/ I didn’t know it was there.) Today’s word: OTSYDYL Adjective: An artificial or chemical […]

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