Things have gotten a little odd here in California. The confirmed cases of COVID-19 are rising dramatically, and “hidden” cases are almost certainly much higher – we just don’t have enough tests to know what’s really going on. I can’t predict how the next few weeks/months will unfold, but I do know that it will not be “business as usual.” Please understand that turnaround time on orders will be affected, and right now I can’t quite predict what that will look like. I’ve already told my assistant to stay home (she rides many miles of public transit to get here) so it’ll be just me here at the shop. If you have an emergency order, please let me know and I’ll do my best to fill it ASAP. Otherwise, place orders as usual. If your items are in stock it’ll ship fairly quickly; if I need to make ring sizes to fill your order it’ll take longer. All of this will change if I or my family members catch the virus.
I hope that all of you wonderful chainmaillers are staying safe, washing your hands, and using this enforced idleness to spend some quality time with your pliers.
Aug 3 Update:
I just told my assistant that she should stay home at least through the end of 2020, so it’s still just me here at the shop. As many of you have already noticed, I’m typically getting orders shipped on Saturdays rather than Fridays – but thus far I’ve been mostly keeping up. Thank you all for your continued patience!
Nov 11 Update:
Not much to update here, just wanted to reassure everyone that Spiderchain is still chugging along. I hope everyone is staying safe and managing to find space for a bit of creativity.
Jan 4, 2022 Update:
Spiderchain has been back to normal for a while. My assistant comes one day a week (usually Tuesdays) and I occasionally answer emails on non-Spiderchain days as well. We’re consistently clearing the order queue each week and everyone is keeping up-to-date on vaccines. Whew! What a strange new “normal” this is… I hope my extended chainmail family is staying safe and finding a bit of time to make beautiful things.
Terry Burk says
I have been trying to contact you to see if you are still in business.
Yep! I’m still in business, though only really “in business” on Fridays. If you have questions, I recommend emailing me at email@example.com, and if I don’t reply within a week or two, poke me again.
Ann Malinak says
Yes, I agree! Things here in PA are just starting to open up. I’m taking it slow. No restaurants for me at this point. But I’ll do takeout. I love your new website! It’s been a while since I placed an order. Jewelry making in general has been my saving grace for this protracted isolation. I’m glad to have a chainmaille project for a customer!
I certainly understand as most of us are facing similar constraints. Keep safe and thanks for all you do!
Lawrence Hensley says
I’m glad your still in business
Trying to figure out your gages on the rubber rings
Yea… the names of the rubber rings can be a little confusing. Instead of going by the names, look at the details in the product description. Let’s look at L16 as an example. The “16” in the name doesn’t actually tell you anything about the “gauge” of the rubber. If you read the product description, you’ll see that the best metal size match for L16 rubber is either 15:13 or 6M13 (depending on whether you prefer to work in inches or millimeters). That tells you the closest match gauge (13ga) and also the closes match inner diameter.
I adopted this product line when Blue Buddha Boutique went out of business and the naming came along with it. I absolutely did not want to confuse the existing B³ customers, so I kept the existing names and just tried to describe the rings well enough that my customers could figure out the sizing. Please let me know if you’re still confused.
Keith Sparks says
Hi I love your site, I will tell my students to look you up as your gallery would be a great help to them , and i hope an inspiration. As you show weave styles and ring size . [even if they are to big, loose or small, tight..
I make all the rings , them bag them into kits for my students [ girls aged 11 to 14] as we have a one hour class after school.
We are also having rising numbers of covid cases. Stay safe.Keith
I’m so glad to hear that my site is a resource for your students! Please let me know if you/they have any trouble finding the information you’re looking for. Happy chainmailling!