About The Artist
Kelly Jones • Seattle, WA
Jewelry • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Modern industrial chainmail: traditional handcraft meets STEM. I make each piece by hand using chainmail techniques, opening and closing each tiny ring with pliers to create striking articulated patterns full of movement. The engineering components I connect together are also used in auto transmissions, airplane hydraulics, and motorcycle hubs. Titanium and stainless steel make strong, light jewelry that never needs polishing; titanium ear wires are less likely to cause a reaction than gold.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I use low-tech hand tools -- two pairs of pliers -- to link usually-hidden engineering components together with precisely-sized titanium rings. It's a slow, meditative process to join hundreds of tiny titanium rings into a single necklace, smoothing and polishing each join. But I appreciate my time spent in that sense of flow, and the connection to an ancient handcraft, reinterpreted for a modern lifestyle.