The ancient art of chain maille was regarded as a
technological advance in the art of war when it was used to create thick layers
of metal rings in order to protect soldiers in battle. Some of these same chain
maille weaves and techniques are being used to create beautiful jewelry and
other items for self-adornment. (No need for protecting oneself from a sword
Chain maille jewelry is more popular than ever these days,
and for good reason. By learning just a few basic chain maille jewelry
patterns, you can learn how to make chain maille jewelry for any occasion and
using just about any kind of bead you like for adornment. Chain maille supplies
can be found at just about any local bead shop or craft store, and you can get
started right now using jewelry tools that you already have at home.
Creating chain maille jewelry can be a soothing, meditative
project as the chain maille rings are linked to each other, one at a time.
Basic chain maille patterns can be adapted to create any kind of jewelry -
necklaces, bracelet, and earrings can all be made using the same weaves from
your favorite chain maille patterns.
We put together four of our favorite chainmaille jewelry
patterns just for you!
||Sara E. Graham's Foxy Roxy necklace is a vibrant
take on basic foxtail chain maille weave with colorful jump rings and handmade
lampwork or ceramic beads. Who knew that chain maille jewelry could be so
||Deanna Kittrell's Gridlock Chain Bracelet is a
soothing chain maille jewelry project for your favorite two-strand jewelry
clasp. Create this Byzantine weave variation one unit at a time for a
substantial, intricate chain maille bracelet.
your chain maille jewelry skills when you learn how to capture your favorite
glass or gemstone beads in Melissa Senetar's Celtic Cage Earrings. They also
make fabulous chain maille bracelet or necklace components, or a single
||Jaclyn Craft's Victorian Floral Necklace uses a
Japanese 12-in-2 chain maille weave to create an impressive bib-style necklace,
accented with your favorite glass or gemstone round beads.
Are you ready to explore the rich tradition of chain maille
jewelry? Take a look at these four free chainmaille jewelry patterns
learning the ancient art of chain maille! Download your copy of Free Patterns for Beaded Chain Maille: Jewelry Projects and Chain Maille Instructions
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