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Chain mail watchband

Combine sterling silver jump rings and colored O-rings for a flexible band


Watch 6 in. (15cm)

  • ribbon watch face 1 1⁄2 x 1 in. (3.8 x 2.5cm) (size can vary)
  • slide clasp (bar or 3-strand)
  • 84 sterling silver jump rings, 6.9mm outside diameter, 19-gauge, A (Lonnie’s,
  • 80 sterling silver jump rings, 4.5mm outside diameter, 21-gauge, B (Lonnie’s,
  • 72 rubber O-rings, 4.8–5mm (Fire Mountain Gems,
  • bentnose pliers
  • chainnose pliers


Chain mail watchband a
Photo a
Chain mail watchband b
Photo b

1. Open 42 6.9mm A jump rings and 40 4.5mm B jump rings. Construct a 2+2 chain, which is a simple sequence of pairs of As and O-rings, using 14 As and 12 O-rings (PHOTO A). Repeat to make a total of three chains.

2. To attach two chains, slide two Bs around the first two pairs of As in each chain (PHOTO B). Repeat for the length of the chain.

3. Repeat step 2 to attach the third chain to the first two chains.

4. Repeat steps 1–3 to make the second watchband panel.

5. To attach a panel to half of a clasp, slide two Bs around each end pair of As and the corresponding clasp loop (PHOTO C). Repeat to attach the other end of the panel to the bar of a watch face (PHOTO D).

6. Repeat step 5 for the other panel.

Chain mail watchband c
Photo c
Chain mail watchband d
Photo d
Editor’s Note: To adjust the length of the watchband, add or omit three sets of jump rings per panel. This will increase or decrease the total length of the band by approximately 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm).
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