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Chain mail Atlantis bracelet

Nestle ocean jasper beads between Byzantine chaine maille links in this bracelet

Chain maille Atlantis bracelet

Ocean jasper displays a beautiful range of colors, including greens, whites, yellows, and sometimes pinks. Contrasting dots, rings, and streaks mean every bead is different from the next. Choose your beads carefully as you make this bracelet, and, between admiring the beads and appreciating the chain maille, you may find yourself lost in another world. 

 

Below, you’ll find instructions for the first phase of this project – how to make the byzantine crossbar links. To view full instructions, such as adding the stone inserts, assembling the band, and finishing the piece, download the free project PDF here

 

Materials

Bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 7 8 mm gemstone disk- or coin- shaped beads, ocean jasper (Lima Beads, 888-211-7919, limabeads.com)
  • 388 3-3.2 mm inside-diameter jump rings, 20-gauge
  • 2-strand tube clasp
  • 7 in. (18 cm) 20-gauge wire, half-hard
  • liver of sulfur (optional)
  • quilter’s pin or equivalent
  • tumbler (optional)
  • bentnose pliers
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

 

Instructions 

 

Byzantine crossbar links

 

In the process photos, the rings being added are shown in blue for visibility.

Chain maille Atlantis bracelet Photo a
photo a
Chain maille Atlantis bracelet Photo b
photo b

1. Open 10 and close four jump rings.

 

2. Attach the four closed jump rings to an open jump ring, and close it (Photo A). Repeat to attach a second jump ring to the four closed jump rings. Position the rings as a 2+2+2 chain (Photo B).

Chain maille Atlantis bracelet Photo c
photo c
Chain maille Atlantis bracelet Photo d
photo d

3. Flip the far right pair of rings back, so they sandwich the other end pair (Photo C).

 

4. Spread the new end pair of jump rings apart, insert a pin between the spread rings, and slide it through the flipped pair (Photo D). This creates the space where you will insert your next jump ring.

Chain maille Atlantis bracelet Photo e
photo e
Chain maille Atlantis bracelet Photo f
photo f

5. Remove the pin, making sure to keep the space created by it open, and slide an open jump ring through the gap (Photo E). Close the jump ring. Repeat to add a second parallel jump ring.

 

6. Slide an open jump ring through the new pair of jump rings, and close it. Repeat to add a second parallel jump ring (Photo F).

Chain maille Atlantis bracelet Photo g
photo g
Chain maille Atlantis bracelet Photo h
photo h

7. Repeat step 6 (Photo G).

Chain maille Atlantis bracelet Photo i
photo i

8. Flip the new pair of rings back, and insert the pin through the flipped rings as in steps 3 and 4 (Photo H). Repeat step 5 (Photo I) to add the final pair of rings to the crossbar.

 

9. Repeat steps 1-8 15 times for a total of 16 crossbars.

 

To view full instructions and photos for this project, download the free PDF

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