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Chain mail flower bracelet

Use two pairs of pliers to make a pattern that's as simple as a 2+2 chain

When it comes to designing chain mail, it really can be as easy as 2+2. I made this bright floral bracelet by repeatedly linking two jump rings through two jump rings — no complicated weaves needed. And yet, the result is bold. People who stop to admire the bracelet don’t care how easy it was to make; they just know it’s beautiful. Try mixing things up with color. I used niobium jump rings to add flashes of purple and blue, but the piece would work just as well in monochrome, or as a combination of gold-filled and silver jump rings. There really are no rules here.

See step-by-step instructions by clicking through the gallery below, or click here for the project PDF.

Materials 

  • Sterling silver jump rings:
    - 16-gauge (1.3 mm), 5.25 mm (13⁄64-in.) inside diameter (ID), 56
    - 18-gauge (1.0 mm), 3.5 mm (9⁄64-in.) ID, 36
    - 12-gauge (2.1 mm), 12.5 mm (1⁄2-in.) ID, 5
  • Niobium jump rings: 18-gauge (1.0 mm), 3.5 mm (9⁄64-in.) ID
    - Flower-center color: 48
    - Petal color: 48
  • Toggle clasp

Additional tools & supplies

  • Duck-bill pliers (optional)

Toolbox: Chain mail 

Instructions

Prepare the jump rings. For this bracelet, you’ll use niobium jump rings in two colors, one color for the flower centers and another color for the petals. Pick your two colors (I used purple rings for the flower centers and blue rings for the petals).

Close 32 center-color jump rings and all 48 of the petal-color jump rings. Open the remaining 16 center-color rings. Also open the following sterling silver rings: 56 16-gauge (1.3 mm) 5.25 mm-inside-diameter (ID) rings, 36 18-gauge (1.0 mm) 3.5 mm ID rings, and 5 12-gauge (2.1 mm) 12.5 mm ID rings.

Chain mail flower bracelet choosing a clasp
Choosing a clasp

How do you know what clasp to choose? A good clasp adds interest to a piece without overwhelming it. Pay attention to size: You don’t want a clasp so large that it grabs attention or so small that it appears unreliable. For this bracelet, I chose a fancy toggle clasp that’s just a little larger than one chain mail flower. The round holes in the silver echo the shape of the jump rings, and the clasp’s modern floral style integrates nicely into the design as a whole. 

Also, consider what kind of piece you’re making and select a clasp that will close it securely. The loop half of my clasp has grooves to grip the toggle bar, so it’s secure enough for a bracelet; some clasps aren’t as secure and are better suited to necklaces.

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