Do you love metal rings? Deb does, find out about her passion here and visit her at both Sydney shows
How did you come to set up your business?
I was putting in an order with one of my favourite suppliers and she mentioned that she would love to have an Australian distributor…..I can do that I thought and it went on from there in leaps and bounds. Five years later I have more jump rings than I could have ever imagined at the beginning and have met some lovely people along the way.
What’s the best part of running your business?
The customers, always the customers. Their enthusiasm, their joy, their own take on Chain Maille keeps me going. It’s why I hold “Show Us Your Maille” on our facebook, so I get to see the amazing works that everyone does. Of course getting all those goodies in is very cool too….Christmas all the time!
Where do you sell ? online, shopfront or show?
We are an online only store. Last year we started Maille Con, which was a get together of maillers who learnt new weaves, got to chat about all things chain maille and also got to see (nearly) all we have on offer. We had such a fabulous time we intend to do it again each year.
What do you like about attending a show?
It’s meeting the customers, putting faces to names and sharing our enthusiasm for maille. Most of my friends think I am nuts, so it’s nice to meet others who enjoy what I do, and are just as crazy!
What questions do customers ask most often and what do you reply?
I’m mostly asked what rings would be needed to make a piece they have spotted. In Chain Maille one ring does not rule them all…..and often people need help in understanding which ones are best suited for what they want to make.
Which of your products which excites you the most.
Hmmm, tough question. My first love is to work with is Sterling Silver and Anodised Niobium, those are my favourite jump rings. I can’t go past a good set of pliers, any pliers…..did I say I love pliers.
Do you create with your products yourself and if so what do you make. Do you have other creative pursuits?
I don’t get to maille as often as I like for pleasure. Most of it is related to the business, and when I do it’s always been jewellery. This year I would like to branch out into garments.
Photography is my other love, and luckily I can combine the two. I like nothing better though than getting out with my camera and just shooting what takes my fancy.