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Chain mail overlay bracelet

Layered jump rings provide depth and form intriguing shapes in this chain mail bracelet

A basic 2+2 chain forms the foundation of this chain, but you’ll layer jump rings to create the visual depth that takes this piece from straightforward to smashing. Although the bracelet looks intricate, the steps are easy to follow because you’ll add one ring at a time.

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 8 in. (20 cm)

  • sterling silver jump rings
    • 50 16-gauge, 7.5 mm inside diameter (ID)
    • 98 16-gauge, 5 mm ID
    • 30 18-gauge, 3 mm ID
  • clasp
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, bentnose,or flatnose pliers

INSTRUCTIONS

Chain mail overlay bracelet 1
1. Close 34 7.5 mm jump rings and open 32 5 mm jump rings. Thread four 7.5 mm rings on one 5 mm ring, and close the ring. 
Chain mail overlay bracelet 2
2. Thread a second 5 mm ring through the same four 7.5 mm rings.
Chain mail overlay bracelet 3
3. Thread a 5 mm ring through two of the 7.5 mm rings, and add two more 7.5 mm rings. Close the ring.
Chain mail overlay bracelet 4

4. Thread a second 5 mm ring through those same four 7.5 mm rings, and close the ring.

Repeat step 2 until the chain is the desired length. For an 8-in. (20 cm) bracelet, use all of the rings indicated in step 1.

Chain mail overlay bracelet 5

5. Open 16 7.5 mm rings. Starting at one end of the chain, loop a 7.5 mm ring around the end two 5 mm rings, positioning it between the two layers of 7.5 mm rings. Close the ring.

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6. Repeat along the length of the chain.
Chain mail overlay bracelet 7
7. Open 64 5 mm rings. Thread a 5 mm ring through the opening created by the overlap of the three layered 7.5 mm rings, and close the ring.
Chain mail overlay bracelet 8
8. Repeat along this edge of the chain, then repeat along the opposite edge.
Chain mail overlay bracelet 9

9. Open 30 3 mm rings. Starting on one end of the chain and skipping the first 5 mm ring, thread a 3 mm ring through the second and third 5 mm rings. Close the ring.

Continue connecting pairs of rings, skipping the last 5 mm ring. Repeat along the opposite edge of the chain, skipping the first and last rings.

Chain mail overlay bracelet 10

10. Open a 5 mm ring, and thread it through the first pair of 7.5 mm rings on one end of the chain and through one half of a clasp. Close the ring.

Chain mail overlay bracelet 11
11. Open a second 5 mm ring, thread it through the pair of 7.5 mm rings on the other end of the chain, and close the ring.
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