It's a Secret: Make This Faux Chain Maille Bracelet by Jane Dickerson

Mar 4, 2013

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Are you a little intimidated by the idea of making chain maille jewelry? Jewelry Making Daily's Tammy Jones felt the same way, so you're not alone! But if you're comfortable with basic wire jewelry making, you'll want to check out this technique for a faux chain maille bracelet, designed by Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry's Jane Dickerson!


Best Kept Secret Bracelet
by Jane Dickerson

I love the look of chain maille, but I'm all fingers when it comes to connecting all those jump rings. So, look what I found! Shhhh, don't tell-it's chain-maille chain! Simply attach a clasp and you'll look like you've spent hours creating this fast-and-easy bracelet.

Materials and Tools:

  • 16" (40.5 cm) antiqued brass 9mm chain-maille chain
  • Shibu 35mm Saki Silver toggle clasp
  • 2 pairs of chain nose pliers
  • Flush cutters

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Try this easy and fun faux chain maille bracelet, designed by Jane Dickerson
Step by step instructions:

1. Cut the chain into two 6-1/2" (16.5 cm) pieces and one 3" (7.5) piece. Place the 6-1/2" (16.5 cm) pieces of chain side by side and disconnect one end link from each end of each piece of chain. You will be removing one 9mm jump ring and two twisted 6mm jump rings from each end.

2. Open two twisted 6mm jump rings from Step 1 and connect the end ring of the chain maille to one 9mm ring. Close the jump rings. Repeat with the three other ends of chain.

3. Remove two 9mm jump rings and four twisted 6mm jump rings from the scrap chain. Attach one 9mm jump ring to one half of the clasp. Repeat for the other half of the clasp.

4. Use two twisted 6mm jump rings from Step 3 to connect the 9mm jump ring on the toggle clasp and one end link of the bracelet. Connect the end link of the parallel chain to the toggle in the same way. Use two twisted 6mm jump rings to connect the 9mm jump ring on the ring side of the clasp with one end link on the bracelet. Repeat for the parallel link.

Voila! Look how simple that is--and no one will be the wiser. (You know your secret is safe with me!)


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Even if chain maille isn't your thing, you'll still find lots of fantastic wire jewelry making projects in the pages of every issue of Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry magazine! Whether you love to do wire wrapping, chain maille, or just innovative wire jewelry, you're sure to find plenty of inspiration and instruction. Subscribe to Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry magazine and feed your need to create stunning wire jewelry.

Have you found another way to imitate the look of chain maille without actually doing chain maille techniques? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your ideas with us!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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Linda McA wrote
on Mar 4, 2013 8:01 AM

Where can I find the faux chain maille chain featured in this project?

jhanna6 wrote
on Mar 4, 2013 10:50 AM

I have looked all over the internet and don't find any please that sells faux chain maille chain.  I am asking the same question of Linda McA

where do you find the chain used in this project?

Judy Hanna

Judysachs wrote
on Mar 4, 2013 1:56 PM

Same here...where can I buy the faux chain maille featured in this project?

Judysachs wrote
on Mar 4, 2013 1:56 PM

Same here...where can I buy the faux chain maille featured in this project?

Judysachs wrote
on Mar 4, 2013 1:57 PM

Me too!!!

Where can I find the faux chain maille chain featured in this project?

on Mar 4, 2013 4:17 PM

You can find the chain maille chain from siobeads--They apparently don't have a website, but you can call them at (212) 768-8818.

cmccrite wrote
on Mar 4, 2013 9:07 PM

I have found the lighter weight and heavy weight chain at Michaels.  Also, beadaholic carries it.  Most places call it Double Round Link Cable Chain.  Hope this helps.

Cyndi McCrite

cmccrite wrote
on Mar 4, 2013 9:07 PM

I have found the lighter weight and heavy weight chain at Michaels.  Also, beadaholic carries it.  Most places call it Double Round Link Cable Chain.  Hope this helps.

Cyndi McCrite

cmccrite wrote
on Mar 4, 2013 9:07 PM

I have found the lighter weight and heavy weight chain at Michaels.  Also, beadaholic carries it.  Most places call it Double Round Link Cable Chain.  Hope this helps.

Cyndi McCrite

on Mar 6, 2013 10:38 AM

I've heard from Jane Dickerson, the designer of the project, and she tells me that you can get that chain from Beads On Fifth, a New York City bead shop:

Beads On Fifth Inc.

376 5th Avenue (between 35th and 36th)

New York, New York 10018

Phone: (212) 244-6616

(212) 244-6615

Fax:(212) 244-6614

E-mail: beadsonfifth@yahoo.com

lyone wrote
on Mar 10, 2013 12:40 AM

And how about those drilled rocks, too?