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Braided ladder bracelet

Create a braided look working in Half Persian 3-in-1

For instructions on making the bracelet base in this project, see below. To read the complete step-by-step instructions, click here for the free project PDF.

Materials

Bracelet 8 x 1 1⁄4 in. (20.3 cm x 32 mm)

  • aluminum jump rings
    - 15 large rings: 14-gauge (SWG, 2.0 mm) 1⁄2 in. inner diameter (ID) (aluminum)
    - 2 tiny rings: 18-gauge (SWG, 1.2 mm) 5⁄32 in. ID (aluminum)
    - 8 clasp rings: 18-gauge (SWG, 1.2 mm) 1⁄8 in. ID (aluminum)
  • anodized aluminum jump rings
    - 28 medium rings: 16-gauge (SWG, 1.6 mm) 3⁄8 in. ID (turquoise)
    - 52 small rings, color A: 16-gauge (SWG, 1.6 mm) 5⁄16 in. ID (turquoise)
    - 30 small rings, color B: 16-gauge (SWG, 1.6 mm) 5⁄16 in. ID (violet)
  • 4-strand slide clasp (silver)
  • 2 pairs of flatnose and/or bentnose pliers

Colors listed above are for the blue/purple/silver bracelet. For other color combinations, click here for the project PDF

Bracelet sizing

The jump ring quantities listed in the materials are for an 8-in. (20.3 cm) bracelet which, due to the thickness of the chain mail, will fit a 7 1⁄2–7 3⁄4-in. (19.1–19.7 cm) wrist. You can adjust the length of your bracelet by adding or removing rings in step 6.

Instructions
Braided ladder bracelet a
Photo a
Braided ladder bracelet b
Photo b

1. Open the eight clasp rings, the two tiny rings, the 15 large rings, and 48 of the 52 small turquoise rings (Basics). Close the 30 small violet rings, the remaining four small turquoise rings, and the 28 medium rings. 

2. On one side of the clasp, attach a clasp ring to each of the two center loops.

3. Slide a tiny ring through two closed small turquoise rings, and continue through the two clasp rings (a). Close the tiny ring. Separate the small turquoise rings, and slide a clasp ring through one small turquoise ring and the closest end loop on the clasp. Close the clasp ring, and repeat to attach the second turquoise ring to the remaining clasp loop. Follow the arrows as shown (b).

Braided ladder bracelet c
Photo c
Braided ladder bracelet d
Photo d
4. Slide a large ring through the following four closed rings in this order: one small violet ring, two medium rings, and one small violet ring. Continue through the two small turquoise rings you added in the previous step (c). Close the large ring. Separate the violet rings and medium rings to form the top and bottom rows of the chain. In the center row, make sure that the tiny ring and the large ring are angled in the same direction (d).
Braided ladder bracelet e
Photo e
5. Slide a large ring through the same pattern of closed rings as before: one small violet ring, two medium rings, and one small violet ring. Continue through the two medium rings you added in the previous step (e). Close the large ring, and arrange the rings as before.
Tip!
Be sure to position the new large ring under the previous large ring, as in the European 4-in-1 weave.

6. Repeat step 5 until your piece is a few inches longer than your wrist (see tip below). Repeat step 5 one more time but replace the medium rings with the two remaining closed small turquoise rings.

Tip!
You will need to make your bracelet base longer than your normal wrist size, because the chain will shrink once the edges are “braided.” If your base, including the clasp, measures approximately 11 in. (27.9 cm) at this stage, your finished bracelet will be 8 in. (20.3 cm) and will fit a 7 1⁄2–7 3⁄4-in. (19.1–19.7 cm) wrist.
Braided ladder bracelet f
Photo f
Braided ladder bracelet g
Photo g

7. Slide a tiny ring through the two small turquoise rings at the end of the chain (f), and close the tiny ring.

8. Use two clasp rings to attach the tiny ring added in the previous step to the two center loops on the other side of the clasp.

Tip!
Before attaching the clasp, check to make sure that neither the tiny rings nor the previous large ring have flipped. All the rings in the center row should be angled in the same direction.

Use two more clasp rings to attach the small turquoise rings to the remaining two clasp loops (g).

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

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