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Beaded Byzantine chain mail necklace

Translate a chain mail weave into seed beads

I always challenge myself to incorporate different stitches into a project. For this necklace, I went a step further and replaced jump rings with seed bead rings to mimic chain maille. Be sure to look at the PDF for the bracelet variation made in gold and silver beads.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 25 in. (64 cm)

  • 20–25 g 15/0 seed beads
  • nylon beading thread, size D, to match seed beads
  • beading needles, #13
  • 22 in. (56 cm) satin cord in a color to match the seed beads
  • craft glue
  • straight pin or small safety pin
  • toothpick
  • twist tie

INSTRUCTIONS

Beaded chain maille

Beaded Byzantine chain mail necklace a
Photo a
Beaded Byzantine chain mail necklace b
Photo b

1. On 12 in. (30 cm) of thread, center 17 15/0 seed beads, and tie the beads into a ring with a square knot. Do not pull the thread too tightly or the ring will be distorted. 

2. Thread a needle on the tail, and sew back through eight 15/0s. With the other needle, sew through nine 15/0s in the opposite direction. Tie a square knot where the two threads meet. With each needle, sew through three 15/0s, and trim the threads. You may choose to secure the ends with a drop of glue.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 a total of 35 times to make 36 rings.

4. On 12 in. (30 cm) of thread, pick up 17 15/0s, and pass the strand through four rings (photo a). Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot. Repeat step 2.

5. Repeat step 4, passing the new strand through the same four rings. Position the rings in a 2+2+2 chain. Insert a twist tie through two end rings (photo b).

Beaded Byzantine chain mail necklace c
Photo c
Beaded Byzantine chain mail necklace d
Photo d

6. Holding the end of the chain with the twist tie, flip the opposite end rings back, placing one on each side of the rings in the twist tie (photo c).

7. Spread the rings that are parallel to your work surface, and insert a toothpick through the flipped rings (photo d).

 

Beaded Byzantine chain mail necklace e
Photo e
Beaded Byzantine chain mail necklace f
Photo f

8. On 12 in. (30 cm) of thread, pick up 17 15/0s, and pass through the space created by the toothpick (photo e). Remove the toothpick after passing the needle through this opening. Attach two rings (photo f). Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot. Repeat step 2.

Beaded Byzantine chain mail necklace g
Photo g
Beaded Byzantine chain mail necklace h
Photo h

9. Repeat step 8 to add a second ring next to the one added in the previous step (photo g).

10. On 12 in. (30 cm) of thread, pick up 17 15/0s, and pass through the two end rings. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot. Repeat step 2.

11. Repeat step 10 to add a second ring next to the one added in the previous step (photo h).

Beaded Byzantine chain mail necklace i
Photo i

9. Repeat step 8 to add a second ring next to the one added in the previous step (photo g).

10. On 12 in. (30 cm) of thread, pick up 17 15/0s, and pass through the two end rings. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot. Repeat step 2.

11. Repeat step 10 to add a second ring next to the one added in the previous step (photo h).

For complete project instructions, click here to download & print this PDF

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