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How to Make a Chainmail Bracelet: Dear to My Heart Project

Mar 6, 2008
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Designer: Jean Yates
Published: March 7, 2008
Technique: Wirework

A name bracelet, something you can wear and keep close to you, is a great way of expressing loving feelings toward new babies, your own children or grandchildren, your significant other, and you as a couple. This fun and "charming" chain maille bracelet can be easily adjusted for a personalized fit.

For more comments and tips about this project, see the original blog post "Personalize a Chain Maille Bracelet."

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per2 wrote
on Jun 13, 2008 10:19 AM

I'm sorry, I know the creator of this bracelet probably spent a lot of time on it but simply put, it's just too much. It looks heavy, it doesn't have a focal point and it is just way too busy for my liking. Having that on my wrist for even an hour would be too long. It brings to mind my first chainmaille experience, I had hundreds of rings that had no ryhme or reason, yet I thought every ring was needed.

KS Augustsson

JeanY3 wrote
on Jun 13, 2008 12:37 PM

How funny. It is one of my very favorite projects I have ever designed. The flower link is really light to wear. Possibly you have never tried it correctly.

I love that it contains my grandchildren's names.   best wishes, jean

Have a great day!

Melissa@131 wrote
on Jun 13, 2008 12:53 PM

As the mother of a young child, I think this bracelet is perfect for both me and my boy.  I love substantial bracelets with a lot of movement, and this is just the type of thing I'd wear!  (It also actually doesn't look heavy at all to me.)  I often try to incorporate my son's photo or name or something representing my son (part of his name means "bear", so I go for a lot of bear images these days) into the jewelry I wear, and I like how I can personalize this bracelet to commemorate my son.  My son, for his part, I KNOW will be fascinated by the super-cool architecture of this bracelet and will love to touch it on my wrist.  What a bonus!  Not only can I wear something stylish and completely "me", but in a pinch it will serve to distract my super-active toddler from  mischief.  I love it!  Thank you, Jean.  This is a great design.

on Jun 24, 2008 1:16 PM

I love your comment, Melissa!  My friends all have young children and I'm always on the lookout for fascinating bracelets to wear that can distract them but aren't so delicate that I need to worry too much. This fits the bill perfectly.  

Given that I actually got to touch this bracelet while it was in my office for editing, I can confirm that it does have some weight to it (like any chain maille piece would), but you could easily make a lighter single-strand version if you preferred.  There wasn't even enough weight in the original for me to develop the barest suggestion of a bicep.  Hmm. . . now there's an interesting idea!  Workout jewelry!  Let's start making some iron jump rings!

Hennalady wrote
on Sep 25, 2008 12:35 PM

If you use Aluminum for your rings you can significantly reduce the weight of any Chain Maille piece.

Sactown Hennalady

Kathie@38 wrote
on Feb 15, 2009 5:15 AM
kathie re:Dear to My Heart I have been trying to find something to make for my daughter with her son's name. I love this and plan to make it in a day or two. This is great!
happyd2 wrote
on Apr 28, 2009 3:24 AM
i love it it.s just right for my two grandaughters
Foxfyr64 wrote
on Nov 13, 2009 12:53 PM
Yeah!! I finally found my daughter's christmas present! She doesn't wear much jewelry as a rule so being able to make her something with her son's name as well as her fiance's, let's just say I'll be getting some extra christmas hugs this year, for sure. Thanks for making all of your beautiful designs available and relatively idiot-proof for the less graceful among us, namely myself. Foxfire1