How to make your own chainmail jewelry (bracelets, necklaces) for yourself, friends and family

by | Jun 9, 2010 01:23 PM ET

Although I have done a post on making your own chainmail suits, I had never heard of chainmail jewelry until I saw this Photo album from Matt Dillahunty on Facebook. The idea that you can make chainmail jewelry like this yourself is fascinating. Generally speaking, it is not that easy for people to make beautiful metal objects like this at home.

The first thing you need is a source for the rings. That's easy to find - this is apparently a very popular hobby. See for example:

Jumprings for Jewelry and Chainmail

You can find rings in many colors and materials - aluminum, bronze, brass, copper, steel, gold, silver, titanium, rubber... And they are pretty inexpensive, like 250 16-gauge copper rings for $4, or 300 16-gauge anodized aluminum rings (in assorted colors) for $5.

Now you need a pattern to follow. Here are instructions for a European 4-in-1 bracelet that is about as simple as it gets:

Tutorial – Sophie's Easy European 4 in 1 Chain Mail Bracelet

Also simple is the box chain:

The Byzantine pattern is slightly more complicated, but this video is nice because it shows the tools and techniques:

This is a European 6-in-1 pattern with a very nice voiceover that explains the process:

There are so many patterns that you can learn, and they can be incredibly attractive, as seen in the following video:

The following video has some very complicated patterns with names, so you can search for the patterns in Google. But the music is unfortunate so mute your speakers before clicking:

Chainmail Weaves

At the very high end, here is a place that sells kits going as much as $500 for sterling silver masterpieces:

Urban Maille

But if you want to skip the kits and find a pattern yourself, Google is your friend here. Chances are that someone has a tutorial or video that shows you how to do it.

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