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Super-simple chain mail look-alike

Try this clever shortcut to a smart necklace and earrings
Super simple chain mail look alike

Making a chain mail necklace just got easier: The bronze links in this foot-long collar are already connected, inviting accents of cone-shaped crystals and replica antique coins. You’ll get a sought-after look without a lot of effort.

Read the instructions below, or download the free project PDF above.


Necklace 17 1⁄2 in. (44.5 cm)

  • 6 17 mm artemis crystals
  • 6 4 mm round crystals
  • 7 22 mm coins
  • 6 10 mm bead caps
  • 12 in. (30 cm) chain mail chain, 12 mm links
  • 6 3-in. (7.6 cm) head pins
  • 15–19 15 mm jump rings
  • 2 hook clasps
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters


  • 2 17 mm artemis crystals
  • 2 4 mm round crystals
  • 2 10 mm bead caps
  • 2 3-in. (7.6 cm) head pins
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Crystals and coins from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, 800.355.2137, Bead caps, chain, and findings from AD Adornments,

Instructions – Necklace

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Necklace – Step 1
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Necklace – Step 2

1. On a head pin, string a round crystal, an artemis crystal, and a bead cap. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make six bead units.

2. Open a jump ring and attach a coin and the center link of the chain. Close the jump ring.

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Necklace – Step 3
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Necklace – Step 4

3. On each side of the coin, skip a link and attach a bead unit. Complete the wraps. Attach the remaining coins and bead units, skipping a link between each.

4. On each end, attach a pair of jump rings. Use another jump ring to attach the pair of jump rings. Attach one to three more jump rings and a hook clasp.

Super simple chain mail look alike earrings

Instructions – Earrings

For each earring: Following step 1 of the necklace, make a bead unit and complete the wraps. Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangle. Close the loop.


Gift it: Use drilled coins collected from past trips to make a necklace for a traveling companion.

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