Meridian--faux chainmail bracelet

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brightcircle wrote
on Mar 26, 2011 10:50 AM

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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Cindy Daniel wrote
on Mar 26, 2011 11:51 AM

That is so cool! I love the bracelet, what a great idea.

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on Mar 26, 2011 12:07 PM

Very Pretty Piece,I really like the contrast and that Blue Is beautiful!


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JSmaz wrote
on Mar 26, 2011 9:38 PM

Sweet!  Love the simplicity of getting the ring to lay right, and the figure 8 links are a fab idea. :) 

BTW, I didn't read your post correctly so I went to your blog and OMG, you lucky duck!  Nice find at the auction.Big Smile


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Kokopelli wrote
on Mar 27, 2011 3:22 PM

Very cool! Love the idea with figure 8s and the glass ring makes it perfect.

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beadorigami wrote
on Mar 30, 2011 5:16 PM

Definitely a fun bracelet. The how-to on your blog looks neat too!

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brightcircle wrote
on Apr 3, 2011 4:46 PM

Thanks! This is my first time doing a tutorial on the web--good to know it works.

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jamberrysong wrote
on Apr 3, 2011 9:47 PM

Hey, you! :D Long time no see. Our paths just keep crossing!

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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rs83 wrote
on Apr 4, 2011 7:00 AM

That's awesome!  I really love it!  :)

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Chibabies6 wrote
on Apr 6, 2011 5:25 AM

I just love this one!! Beautiful design and the centerpiece is just perfect!

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Beading_Sue wrote
on Apr 6, 2011 9:51 AM

Very classy!  I love the look.

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larissa@4 wrote
on Apr 7, 2011 7:05 AM

I love it!

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on Apr 7, 2011 7:42 AM

Great bracelet. I love the blue focal you added! What a great story of your 'ah ha' moment in the store!

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13tamara wrote
on Apr 7, 2011 4:39 PM

oh very cool, I have some of that chain in copper I think and didn't have a clue what to do with it....

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brightcircle wrote
on Apr 18, 2011 8:47 PM

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!

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