In jewelry making we often use jump rings to connect other parts, securing a clasp to a necklace or charms to a bracelet; but you can also make jewelry with nothing but jump rings, too. This chain maille jewelry making technique combines jump rings to create chains, knots, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, and can be as simple or complex as you desire. Requiring little more than pliers to open and close the jump rings and a good supply of jump rings to work with, this useful way to make jewelry is an easy and versatile technique to add to your jewelry toolbox.
The experts at Jewelry Making Daily present this collection of handmade jewelry instructions, plus bonus guide to help you learn the ins and outs of chain maille. Start by learning how to make chain maille earrings with colorful jump rings and glass beads in just five minutes. Then try a basic two-by-two chain for a colorful chain maille bracelet that is reminiscent of grapes on a silver vine. Next, move on to a jump ring necklace featuring the foxtail chain, a classic chain maille weave that is a favorite of many jewelry artists. Then, pick up your bonus guide where you’ll learn everything you need to know about aspect ratio, wire gauge, inner diameter, outer diameter, and wire diameter to allow you to follow these chain maille tutorials exactly as shown, or successfully adapt them to your own chain maile jewelry designs.
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These three chainmail jewelry projects are truly accessible for jewelry artists of all levels! For beginners, try Denise Peck’s Simple Earrings and see how easy chain mail jewelry can be. These simply crafted earrings can be made with just a few materials and in less than 5 minutes!
If you’re an intermediate jewelry artist you’ll love Sara Richardson’s Vineyard Coils Bracelet. All you’ll need are a few supplies to make this beautiful bracelet, including jump rings, craft wire, and a clasp! Foxtail chain is one of the most popular chain maille styles around. With Sara’s step-by-step jump ring tutorial, you’ll have a beautiful foxtail chain before you know it! Enjoy the free pattern for Sara’s Foxy Roxy Necklace which combines beautiful beads with the stunning beauty of foxtail chain.
Then, learn about aspect ratio, wire gauge, and how to calculate outer diameter, inner diameter, and wire diameter to get the results you want.
Five Minute Chain Maille Earring Instructions
“Simple Knots Chain Maille Earrings” by Denise Peck
These simple chain maille earrings are the perfect way to show off a favorite pair of beads. This simple knot design is easy enough for jewelry makers of all abilities to be successful at creating. Because the design is so easy to create, you can make a pair in every color of the rainbow in no time at all. Follow the simple chainmaille jewelry instructions to create your own chainmaille earrings.
Chain Maille Bracelet Instructions
“Vineyard Coils Bracelet” by Sara (Graham) Richardson
Purple and green coils are slipped onto jump rings, transforming this simple chain maille bracelet into a luscious design. These custom bracelet instructions are easy to follow, and the two-by-two chain maille pattern is one that you can adapt to nearly any size. Follow the chainmaille bracelet instructions to create your own colorful bracelet design.
Chain Maille Necklace Instructions
“Foxy Roxy Necklace” by Sara (Graham) Richardson
The foxtail chain is a favorite of many jewelry artists. Dig some ceramic beads out of your stash, match to your favorite jump rings color and you are ready to get started with these jewelry making instructions. This handmade necklace pattern is a little more challenging, but take the time to learn the weave and you will be rewarded with a fun piece of chainmail jewelry. Give this chain maille necklace a try and learn this fun method of chainmaille today.
The Maths You Need to Know to Master Chain Maille Weaves
“A Little Math” by Karen Hung
Knowing how to weave jump rings into intricate patterns is only half the craft of chainmaille. To make a great looking chain, you must know the optimal ring size to highlight the pattern. If your rings are too big, the chain might be floppy and the handmade jewelry might lose its shape. Conversely, if the jump rings are two small, your chain might be inflexible, or you might not be able to weave the jump rings together at all. With this informative chainmaille jewelry tutorial, you will learn how to correctly identify the aspect ratio of the chains to fit the proper wire diameter to the pattern. Karen walks you step by step through the aspect ratio formula, which takes the inner diameter and wire diameter to find the perfect fit. The chain maille tutorials cover various ways to use the formula, including using it to find alternative sizes, and includes a useful chart of common wire diameters to help you along the way. Learn how to identify the aspect ratio, inner diameter, outer diameter, wire diameter, and more with these chainmaille instructions.
Let the experts at Jewelry Making Daily show you how with a few jump rings and a set of pliers, you’ll have this down in no time.
Not only do you need just a few supplies, pliers and jump rings, it can be elegantly simple and beautifully complex. By incorporating jump ring jewelry into your repertoire – you’re sure to impress. If you’ve never tried making your own jewelry before, now’s your chance.