So after sending the invoice, I ordered 22,000 rings and got started.
Starting a huge project is daunting, especially when you're working with that many rings. There were enough rings to fill more than a 14" x 11" x 3.25" bin.
From working on the chainmail wedding dress, I learned that the only want to get through a huge project was by making lots of little squares and then linking them together. As soon as the rings arrived in the mail, I got working. After 2 days, I had made 45 little squares.
After day 3, I had linked 70 squares:
After day 4, I had linked together 95 squares:
Tonight or tomorrow I'll start linking all the sheets together and work on the shaping. It's amazing how a piece like this comes together.
Handmade aluminum jewelry
Aluminum chainmail jewelry