Chain Mail is big news and looks fabulous. But how do you achieve this eye-catching effect? The Bead Barmy Bead Doctor shows you how.
Use 7mm jump rings - approximately 150 for an 8inch bracelet including the toggle clasp.
Begin by opening 30 or so jump rings to get you started.
With 1 open jump ring hang 2 closed jump rings and 1
half of a clasp – then close the jump ring. See Fig1.
Next, add 2 jump rings side by side onto the 2 jump rings already on the bracelet.
Now for the fiddly bit – hold the clasp end and let the 2 most
recently added jump rings flip open – 1 falling to each side. Let the previous 2 jump rings move away from each other exposing a small section of the jump rings flipped to the sides. Use a new open jump ring to hook through these exposed sections of jump rings . See Fig3.
Close this jump ring and then add another in the same way so the 2 lie neatly side by side. Add 2 jump rings side by side through the 2 most recently added jump rings. See fig. 4
Let these 2 jump rings flip open – 1 falling to each side.
Continue to repeat until the chain is the required length. Add a single jump ring to attach the other half of the clasp. So there you have it.
Do you want to learn more chain maile techniques?
Take a look at the Beaded Box Chain Bracelet Bead Doctor tutorial.