I don’t, in general, do much wire working with my jewelry. The odd eye pin or head pin from colored wire, perhaps. Lately though, I’ve felt a need to do something with sturdier tools than a needle and thread. Enter these chain maille bracelets.
They’re a lot of fun to wear, having heft and swagger to them. If you’ve read any of the beading blogs or magazines, chain maille has taken off like a storm. There are all sorts of intricate patterns that can be made. Basically, it’s not your SCA re-enactors territory any more!
This is my simple dip into that realm. I probably won’t do much more than this. I know, never say never.
Anyway, these are made with borosilicate drops (or they could be buttons), each of which is threaded onto a jump ring, then the jump rings closed around each other to form links. Add enough links, and you get a decorated chain. Add a clasp, and you have a bracelet.
They’re a lot of fun to make. I enjoyed wielding pliers (one in each hand), making sure each and every ring stayed round, true and closed with a crisp snap.