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Chinese finger trap bracelet

Bring two chain mail weaves together for a substantial bracelet

Browse the first portion of the instructions for this project below. For the complete instructions, click here for the free project PDF.

Materials

Bracelet 10 in. (25.4 cm)* 

  • Anodized aluminum jump rings
    • 326 18-gauge (1.0 mm), 1⁄4 in. inner-diameter (ID), color A (pink) 
    • 175 18-gauge (1.0 mm), 1⁄4 in. ID, color B (gunmetal)
    • 1 14-gauge (1.6 mm), 3⁄8 in. ID, color B (gunmetal)
  • 1 large lobster clasp
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers
  • Paper clip (optional)

*This bracelet is 1 in. (25.5 mm) thick, so at 10 in. (25.4 cm), it will fit an 8-in. (20.3 cm) wrist.

Editor’s note: If the jump rings you choose are metric instead of Imperial, select 6–6.5 mm rings instead of 1⁄4-in. rings. If you use 6 mm rings, the bracelet will be a bit thinner than with 1⁄4-in. rings and you may need to work a few more rounds.

Chinese finger trap bracelet a
Step a
Chinese finger trap bracelet b
Step b

1. Open all of the color B 1⁄4-in. jump rings (Basics). Close 18 of the color A rings, and open the rest.

2. With a B ring, pick up four closed A rings, and close the open ring (a).

3. Split the four A rings into two sets of two. Pinch the B ring, and fan out one set of two A rings so that one is on the right and one is on the left. Adjust the rings so that the top curve of the B ring lines up with your thumb and sits in front of the A rings (b). If desired, slide a paper clip through the pair of A rings that is covered up by your thumb. This will identify the non-working end should you happen to drop your work.

Chinese finger trap bracelet c
Step c
Chinese finger trap bracelet d
Step d

4. With a new B ring, pick up two more closed A rings. Slide the B ring away from you through the front of the pinched A ring on the right and up toward you through the back of the A ring on the left, and close the ring. Adjust this new set of A rings so that they sit as shown in step 3 (c).

5. Repeat step 4 six more times to create a “ribbon” with a total of eight B rings and 18 A rings.

6. To connect the ends of the ribbon,  wrap it around your finger to help line up the weave. Remove the paper clip if you attached one earlier. Make sure that the A rings stack properly. Slide an open B ring down and away from you through the front of both end right-hand rings and up toward you through both end left-hand rings. Close the ring (d).

7. Rotate the ribbon 90 degrees so that the right-hand rings are now along the top edge. From this point on, you will work in counterclockwise rounds.

*TIP: Before starting each new round, separate the nine rings you’ll use in that round. This will help you know when a round is complete.

Chinese finger trap bracelet e
Step e
Chinese finger trap bracelet f
Step f

8. Identify the space created where two edge A rings overlap; this will be called an “eye.” Slide an open A ring toward you through the back of the eye formed by two edge A rings (consider these ring 1 and ring 2) and then away from you through the front of the next A ring on the left (ring 3). Close the ring (e).

9. Rotate the piece slightly counterclockwise. Slide an open A ring toward you through the back of the eye formed by ring 2 and ring 3 and then away from you through the front of ring 4. Make sure the new ring sits below the previous ring added in this round (f).

Chinese finger trap bracelet g
Step g
Chinese finger trap bracelet h
Step h

10. Repeat step 9 seven more times to complete the round. The last ring should slide toward you through the back of the eye formed by ring 8 and ring 9 and away from you through ring 1 (g). Be sure the last ring sits on top of the first ring added in this round.

Round 2

11. Working along the inner edge of the previous round, slide an open B ring away from you through the front of the eye formed by two rings (ring 1 and ring 2) added in the previous round, and close the ring (h).

Chinese finger trap bracelet i
Step i
Chinese finger trap bracelet j
Step j

12. Rotate the piece slightly counterclockwise. Slide an open B ring away from you through the front of the eye formed by ring 2 and ring 3, and close the ring (i).

13. Repeat step 12 seven more times to complete the round (j). The last ring should slide away from you through the eye formed by ring 9 and ring 1.

To read the rest of the instructions, click here for the free project PDF.

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