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Celtic star bracelet

Colorful jump rings form chain mail components based on a modified Celtic star pattern

Mimic a quilt’s patchwork pattern by making each round a different color. Form a bracelet by connecting the units with additional colored jump rings. For a classic look, use sterling silver and gold-filled jump rings.

MATERIALS

Bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • anodized aluminum jump rings, each size in a different color, 6.4 mm inside diameter (ID) 18-gauge
    • 35 color A
    • 70 color B
  • 7 4.8 mm ID 18-gauge, color C
  • 4 mm ID 18-gauge
    • 70 color C
    • 70 color D
  • 35 3.2 mm ID 18-gauge, color E
  • aluminum jump rings for clasp
  • 8–12 4 mm ID 18-gauge
  • 2 3.2 mm ID 18-gauge
  • 10 mm lobster claw clasp
  • bentnose pliers
  • chainnose pliers

INSTRUCTIONS

Jump ring units

Celtic star bracelet 1
Photo a
You will need five color A and 10 color B 6.4 mm jump rings, one color C 4.8 mm jump ring, 10 color C and 10 color D 4 mm jump rings, and five color E 3.2 mm jump rings for each unit.

1. Open one C 4.8 mm jump ring, attach eight closed C 4 mm jump rings, and close the jump ring. Open two more C 4 mm jump rings, attach them to the 4.8 mm jump ring, and close them (PHOTO A).

2. Open five A 6.4 mm jump rings, and close five E 3.2 mm jump rings.
Celtic star bracelet 2
Photo b
3. Slide an A 6.4 mm jump ring through two of the C 4 mm jump rings on the 4.8 mm jump ring. Attach an E 3.2 mm jump ring on each side of the A 6.4 mm jump ring. Close the A 6.4 mm jump ring.

4. Slide an A 6.4 mm jump ring through the next two C 4 mm jump rings and one of the attached E 3.2 mm jump rings. Attach one closed E 3.2 mm jump ring to the new A 6.4 mm jump ring. Close the A 6.4 mm jump ring.

5. Repeat step 4 three times. Slide the last A 6.4 mm jump ring through the last two C 4 mm jump rings and the two adjacent E 3.2 mm jump rings, and close the jump ring (PHOTO B).

6. Open 10 color B 6.4 mm jump rings.
Celtic star bracelet 3
Photo c
Celtic star bracelet 4
Photo d
7. Slide a B 6.4 mm jump ring through two C 4 mm jump rings from adjacent pairs. Close the jump ring. Repeat four times (PHOTO C). Flip the unit, and repeat on the opposite side (PHOTO D). Flex the finished unit so that the jump rings added in step 2 lie evenly around the center jump ring.

8. Repeat steps 1–7 six times to make a total of seven units.

Assembly

1.
Open 70 color D 4 mm jump rings.
Celtic star bracelet 5
Photo e
Celtic star bracelet 6
Photo f
2. Slide an open D 4 mm jump ring through the intersection of the one A and two B 6.4 mm jump rings, and one A 6.4 mm jump ring of another unit. Close the D 4 mm jump ring. Repeat, sliding another D 4 mm jump ring through the adjacent intersection of the A and B 6.4 mm jump rings and the same A jump ring of the other unit (PHOTO E).

3. Repeat step 2 to connect the remaining units.

4. After the units are joined, add eight D 4 mm jump rings to each unit, sliding a D 4 mm jump ring through each color A and B 6.4 mm intersection, as in step 2 (PHOTO F).

5. Open the 3.2 and 4 mm aluminum jump rings.

6. Slide an open 3.2 mm jump ring through two D 4 mm jump rings on one end of the bracelet. Close the jump ring. Work a 1+1 chain of 4 mm jump rings from the 3.2 mm jump ring. Close the end jump ring (PHOTO G).

7. Slide an open 3.2 mm jump ring through the A 6.4 mm jump ring on the other end of the bracelet and attach the clasp. Close the jump ring (PHOTO H).
Celtic star bracelet 7
Photo g
Celtic star bracelet 8
Photo h
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