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Solar swirl pendant

Fashion a chain mail pendant with aluminum rings

Pendant 1 1⁄2 in. (38 mm) plus bail

  • colored aluminum jump rings
    • 1 14-gauge (SWG, 2.0 mm), 3⁄4 in. (19.1 mm) inner diameter (ID) (gold)
    • 2 16-gauge (SWG, 1.6 mm),  3⁄8 in. (9.5 mm) ID (violet)
    • 8 16-gauge (SWG, 1.6 mm), 5⁄16 in. (7.9 mm) ID (gold)
    • 16 16-gauge (SWG, 1.6 mm), 1⁄4 in. (6.4 mm) ID (color A, purple)
    • 8 16-gauge (SWG, 1.6 mm), 1⁄4 in. (6.4 mm) ID (color B, violet)
    • 24 16-gauge (SWG, 1.6 mm), 13⁄64 in. (5.2 mm) ID (gold)
    • 2 18-gauge (SWG, 1.2 mm), 5⁄32 in. (4.0 mm) ID (gold)
  • 1 pendant bail with loop (gold)
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers

In this project, we’ll refer to the different jump rings as follows:

  • 3⁄4 in. (19.1 mm) = giant rings
  • 3⁄8 in. (9.5 mm) = extra-large rings
  • 5⁄16 in. (7.9 mm) = large rings
  • 1⁄4 in. (6.4 mm) = medium rings (color A or B, as indicated)
  • 13⁄64 in. (5.2 mm) = small rings
  • 5⁄32 in. (4.0 mm) = tiny rings

You may wish to arrange your rings on your work surface, smallest to largest.

Solar swirl pendant a
Step a

1. Close the eight large jump rings and one extra-large ring. Open all the remaining rings.

2. Slide the open extra-large ring through the eight closed large rings (a). Close the extra-large ring.

Solar swirl pendant b
Step b
Solar swirl pendant c
Step c
3. Slide the giant ring through the eight large rings (b), and close it. Distribute the large rings evenly, and lean them clockwise on the giant ring so that the extra-large ring is centered in the component (c).
Solar swirl pendant d
Step d
Solar swirl pendant e
Step e

4. Slide a color A medium ring from back to front through two adjacent large rings and the giant ring (d). Close the ring.

*TIP: When you close the medium ring, the other rings will fall out of position (e). Simply reposition the rings as in (c) before continuing.

Solar swirl pendant f
Step f
Solar swirl pendant g
Step g

5. Working counterclockwise, slide a color A medium ring from back to front through the second large ring from step 4, the next large ring, and the giant ring (f). Close the ring. Again, reposition the rings.

6. Work as in step 5 to add a total of eight color A medium rings (g). Each new ring goes through one large ring from the previous step, the next adjacent large ring, and the giant ring.

Make another component following the steps above for earrings. To continue with the project to make a pendant, click here for the free project PDF.

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