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chainmail juggling balls by DonaIvanova chainmail juggling balls by DonaIvanova
18ga nickel silver and enameled copper wire, 3.5mm ID rings.

Each of these has apporximately 750 rings in it. These were a gift for my brother. He still needs two more, one of which I've finished, and the other I intend to do by Christmas.

These take forever. Ok, so I guess it's not too long, but each ball was taking me about 8 hours of solid work. I think the latest one I finished only took me about 6, but that's still quite a while for something so small. When finished, they're only about 5.5cm in diameter (~2 1/4" for if you prefer English measurements).
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GuizZmo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
how i would like to juggle with these balls, it must be so cool^^
great work:)
DonaIvanova Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
Thanks! Now if only I could get myself motivated to finish the 5th one...
GuizZmo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
Kosjenka Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007   Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is splendid! I never thought that something like tihs could be done! :wow::wow:
Simply amazing! :worship:
DonaIvanova Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
Thank you very much. =)
3dsniper Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
these..are.. awsome :) are they hollow or did you stuff them (with cloth)?

I made 2 jugglingballs in AA and Ba, too lazy to finish the third (I think jugllingballs are less fun to make, specially since nobody I know juggles)

keep up the good work
DonaIvanova Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
I actually put a Harry Potter Golden Snitch in each one. The chainmail's wrapped around that. They were spherical, light (so the resulting ball wouldn't be too heavy), fairly cheap, and a good color in case it showed through the weave, which it does slightly. These were gifts to my brother, who can juggle 5. I still have one more to finish for him.
3dsniper Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
whow.. I can juggle 1 ball at a time... which isn't really juggling is it? ;)

or 2 in one hand if you speed it up a little ;)

hm.. I'd have to see what they are like..
GnappyAssassin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006
I'm doing a hackey sack right now, and would love to know your technique...
DonaIvanova Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006
I make a band about 5 rings wide that fits around the very middle of the ball. I then add rings to each side of the band, making sure it's perfectly symetrical. In order to "take in" a row, I just grab 3 rings instead of 2 at some point in the row, and that reduces the number of rings by one. So once I have the center band, I just take it in a couple rings per row for a while, then maybe 3 per row for a couple rows, then maybe 4 on one row, and at some point I end up just gathering them all the way down to just 6 rings left, then one to hold all those 6 together at the top and bottom of the ball. It helps if you put in 3 of the 6 rings on the last row, then the center top or bottom ring, then the last 3 of the last row, if that makes sense. Otherwise the center ring is impossible. The number of rings you take in each row is entirely dependent on making the ball round, and it takes some fiddling to get the number of rings per row right for a ball of any size. I just counted the number of rings in each row of the first ball I made once it was perfect, and copied for each of the others. My current pattern for those balls is, counting from the very center row outward: 44, 44, 44 (that's the center band), 42, 42, 38, 34, 32, 28, 24, 12, 6, and one for the top/bottom. I try to make sure to keep the cinched parts from all being near the same place on the ball so that it looks more uniform.

Good luck on your hackey sack!
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