Yesterday I was at the craft store (trying not to buy way more than I went there for), and saw a strip of mass-produced Euro 4-1 chainmail on the discount rack. Thinking about buying it, I picked it up--and noticed it wasn't what I thought it was. It wasn't 4-1; instead of larger jumprings linking pairs of smaller ones, large jumprings linked lots of figure-8 links! I said 'I could totally do that!' and went home and did it with 18 gauge wire and 8mm jumprings (that I'd bought that day). The centerpiece is a small glass 'halo heaven' ring from Unicorne Glass (also available from Sonoran Beads) between two 16mm jumprings from the craft store. I initially had trouble getting the glass ring to lie more or less flat, so I linked the two large jumprings to each other, allowing the glass ring to move freely.
Linking the figure-8s is MUCH easier than managing all the jumprings that 4-1 weave demands. I plan to put up a how-to on my blog, The Beaded Passion.
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That is so cool! I love the bracelet, what a great idea.
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Very Pretty Piece,I really like the contrast and that Blue Is beautiful!
Sweet! Love the simplicity of getting the ring to lay right, and the figure 8 links are a fab idea. :)
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Very cool! Love the idea with figure 8s and the glass ring makes it perfect.
Definitely a fun bracelet. The how-to on your blog looks neat too!
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Thanks! This is my first time doing a tutorial on the web--good to know it works.
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This is a fantastic piece. Who would have ever thought to do this?! I'm really enjoying the look; it definitely has the impression of real chain mail. What you did with the glass ring is brilliant! I'll be looking forward to your tutorial. I recently got some little wooden rings with flowers painted on the sides, and this would be a good way to use one of them. :)
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That's awesome! I really love it! :)
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I just love this one!! Beautiful design and the centerpiece is just perfect!
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Very classy! I love the look.
I love it!
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Great bracelet. I love the blue focal you added! What a great story of your 'ah ha' moment in the store!
oh very cool, I have some of that chain in copper I think and didn't have a clue what to do with it....
Thanks everyone! Wish I'd thought of the figure-8 idea myself, but as long as I can do it myself, right? It's also an idea in, I think, one of those wire jewelry books like Contemporary Copper Jewelry--that author.
The tutorial is up! http://brightcircle.blogspot.com/2011/03/project-meridian-faux-chainmail.html