Sequin chain mail bracelet

Although sequins aren’t strong enough to hold up in a chain mail design on their own, it’s no reason to discount them as a design element. Enlarge the holes in the sequins, and pair each one with a closed ring to use them in this easy weave.

Materials

Bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • 96 12 mm sequins in assorted colors
  • 3⁄8-in. inner diameter (ID) jump ring, 14-gauge
  • 173 1⁄4-in. ID jump rings, 18-gauge
  • 9 3⁄16-in. ID jump rings, 18-gauge
  • 36 x 22 mm (large) anodized aluminum scale
  • 2 22 x 14 mm (small) anodized aluminum scales
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • 1⁄4-in. (6 mm) circle paper punch

INSTRUCTIONS

Sequin chain mail bracelet a
Photo a

Base

The base of the bracelet uses only 1⁄4-in. ID jump rings, so steps 3–7 refer to jump rings without giving a size.

1. Hold a 12 mm sequin cup side up, and punch a hole in the center with a 1⁄4-in. (6 mm) circle paper punch (PHOTO A). Repeat for the remaining sequins.

2. Open 69 and close 96 1⁄4-in. jump rings.

Sequin chain mail bracelet b
Photo b

3. Determine your color pattern, and lay out a row of four sequins on your work surface, cup side up. Place a closed jump ring on each sequin (PHOTO B). Each sequin and jump ring pair will be called a “sequin unit” in subsequent steps. The side of the unit with the jump ring is the back of the unit. The base will be worked with the back of the units facing up. Flip the finished bracelet over to hide the supporting jump rings.

 

Sequin chain mail bracelet c
Photo c
4. Working from one end of the row, slide an open jump ring through the first sequin unit from back to front, and the second sequin unit from front to back (PHOTO C), and close the jump ring.
Sequin chain mail bracelet d
Photo d

5. Slide an open jump ring through the second sequin unit from back to front, and the third sequin unit from front to back, and close the jump ring. Repeat this step with the remaining sequin unit (PHOTO D).

Sequin chain mail bracelet e
Photo e
6. For each subsequent row: Lay out four sequin units in your desired color pattern as in step 3. Attach the sequin units as follows:• Slide an open jump ring through the second new sequin unit from back to front, the first new sequin unit from front to back, the first sequin unit in the previous row from front to back, and the second sequin unit in the previous row from back to front. Close the jump ring (PHOTO E).
Sequin chain mail bracelet f
Photo f
Slide an open jump ring through the third new sequin unit from back to front, the second new sequin unit from front to back, the second sequin unit in the previous row from front to back, and the third sequin unit in the previous row from back to front. Close the jump ring (PHOTO F).
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Photo g

Slide an open jump ring through the fourth new sequin unit from back to front, the third new sequin unit from front to back, the third sequin unit in the previous row from front to back, and the fourth sequin unit in the previous row from back to front. Close the jump ring (PHOTO G).

7. Repeat step 6 until you have a total of 24 rows of sequin units.

Sequin chain mail bracelet h
Photo h

Clasp ends

1. Open nine 3⁄16-in. ID jump rings and eight 1⁄4-in. jump rings, and close one 3⁄8-in. ID jump ring. 

2. Slide a 3⁄16-in. jump ring through a small scale, and close the jump ring. Repeat to attach a 3⁄16-in. jump ring to the remaining small scale (PHOTO H).

Sequin chain mail bracelet i
Photo i

3. Slide a 3⁄16-in. jump ring through the 3⁄8-in. jump ring and the large scale. Close the jump ring (PHOTO I).

Sequin chain mail bracelet j
Photo j
4. Slide a 3⁄16-in. jump ring through the 3⁄8-in. jump ring and large scale and through a small scale. Make sure the jump ring previously attached to the small scale falls to the outside edge and that all the scales are facing the same way. Close the jump ring. Repeat to attach the remaining small scale (PHOTO J).
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