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Chain mail knot bracelet

Jump ring knots linked by single jump rings form a supple bracelet

A furnace-glass bead attached with a wire loop creates a colorful charm.


SUPPLIES

bracelet 7 in. (18cm) 

  • 10–15mm furnace-glass bead
  • 2 6mm silver or gold-filled accent beads
  • 4 3mm silver or gold-filled accent beads
  • clasp
  • 12 in. (30cm) 22-gauge sterling silver or gold-filled wire, half-hard
  • 71 sterling silver or gold-filled jump rings, 5.5mm inside diameter, 16-gauge
  • bentnose pliers
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Jump ring knots

Chain mail knot bracelet Photo A
PHOTO A
Chain mail knot bracelet Photo B
PHOTO B

1. Close two jump rings and open six jump rings.

2. Slide the two closed jump rings on an open jump ring (PHOTO A). Close the jump ring.

3. Slide an open jump ring on the pair of jump rings (PHOTO B). 

Chain mail knot bracelet Photo C
Photo C
Chain mail knot bracelet Photo D
Photo D

4. Close the jump ring. Place the jump ring cluster on a work surface and position it as shown (PHOTO C).

5. Slide a jump ring through the center hole of the cluster (PHOTO D). Close the jump ring.

6. Repeat step 5, and position the two jump rings just added as a pair.

Chain mail knot bracelet Photo E
PHOTO E

7. Slide a jump ring through the center hole of the cluster. Do not split the pairs of jump rings. Close the jump ring (PHOTO E).

8. Repeat step 7 to add the last jump ring.

9. Repeat steps 1–8 seven times to make a total of eight jump ring knots.

 

 

 


Assembly

Chain mail knot bracelet Photo F
PHOTO F

1. Open a jump ring. Slide it through one pair of jump rings on each of two knots (PHOTO F). Close the jump ring.

Chain mail knot bracelet Photo G
PHOTO G

2. Open a jump ring, and slide it through the pair of jump rings opposite the connector jump ring just added (PHOTO G) and a pair of jump rings on the next knot. Close the jump ring.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to connect all the jump ring knots. Do not attach a second connector jump ring to the last knot.

4. Cut three 4-in. (10cm) pieces of 22-gauge wire.

5. On one wire, make a wrapped loop at one end. String the furnace-glass bead, and make the first half of a wrapped loop..

6. On one of the other wires, make the first half of a wrapped loop large enough to accommodate two jump rings. On the loop, string the pair of jump rings opposite the last jump ring connector. Finish the wraps. String a 3mm accent bead, a 6mm accent bead, and a 3mm on the wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop, attach half of the clasp, and finish the wraps. Trim the excess wire.

7. Repeat step 6 on the other end of the bracelet, making the second wrapped loop large enough to accommodate the clasp and the loop of the charm. Attach the charm to the second wrapped loop and finish the wraps.

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