Chain mail artisans often add interest to their work by combining different metals, such as copper and silver, or they use a patina to create shading and depth. In the featured 7-in. (17.8cm) bracelet, anodized niobium adds even more color. I alternated deep-purple jump rings with indigo jump rings in a repeating pattern, but feel free to experiment with more than two colors. Or, instead of a set color pattern, create a variegated effect by combining the jump rings in a random color scheme.
As one can easily presume from another common name for this pattern, “idiot’s delight,” the box chain is an accessible pattern to master. Although it’s slinky and appealing on its own, the box chain is also the foundation for other chain mail designs. For example, a simple variation on this chain creates the well-known Byzantine chain.
Read the project instructions below, or click here for the free project PDF, which includes additional information on niobium, how to avoid scratching the surface of the jump rings, and getting a matching clasp.
- Niobium jump rings:
- 18-gauge (1.0mm), 5mm inside diameter, approximately 150
- 20-gauge (0.8mm), 5mm outside diameter, 6
- Titanium clasp
Tools & supplies
- Pliers: bentnose, chainnose
- Paper clip
- Awl or needle tool