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Free Patterns forBeaded Chain Maille:Jewelry projectsand chain mailleinstructions

free patterns forbeaded chain maille:Jewelry Projects and Chain Maille InstructionsFoxy Roxy NecklaceGridlock chain braceletby Sara E. Graham p. 4by Deanna Kittrell p.6Celtic Cage EarringsVictorian Floral Necklaceby Melissa Senetar PHD p. 9by Jacklyn Craft p. 12 F W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. F W Media grants permission for any or all pages in this issue to be copied for personal use. beadingdaily.compage 2

free patterns forbeaded chain maille:Jewelry Projects and Chain Maille Instructions Deanna Kittrell’s Gridlock Chain Bracelet is a soothingchain maille jewelry project for your favorite twostrand jewelry clasp. Create this Byzantine weavevariation one unit at a time for a substantial, intricatechain maille bracelet.The ancient art of chain maille was regarded as atechnological advance in the art of war when it was usedto create thick layers of metal rings in order to protectsoldiers in battle. Some of these same chain maille weavesand techniques are being used to create beautiful jewelryand other items for self-adornment. (No need for protectingoneself from a sword these days!) Advance your chain maille jewelry skills whenyou learn how to capture your favorite glass orgemstone beads in Melissa Senetar’s Celtic CageEarrings. They also make fabulous chain maillebracelet or necklace components, or a singlespectacular pendant.Chain maille jewelry is more popular than ever thesedays, and for good reason. By learning just a few basic chainmaille jewelry patterns, you can learn how to make chainmaille jewelry for any occasion and using just about anykind of bead you like for adornment. Chain maille suppliescan be found at just about any local bead shop or craftstore, and you can get started right now using jewelry toolsthat you already have at home.Creating chain maille jewelry can be a soothing,meditative project as the chain maille rings are linked toeach other, one at a time. Basic chain maille patterns can beadapted to create any kind of jewelry – necklaces, bracelet,and earrings can all be made using the same weaves fromyour favorite chain maille patterns. Jaclyn Craft’s Victorian Floral Necklace uses a Japanese12-in-2 chain maille weave to create an impressivebib-style necklace, accented with your favorite glass orgemstone round beads.Are you ready to explore the rich tradition of chainmaille jewelry? Take a look at these four free chain maillejewelry patterns and start learning the ancient art of chainmaille today!Bead Happy,We put together four of our favorite chain maille jewelrypatterns just for you! Sara E. Graham’s Foxy Roxy necklace is a vibrant takeon basic foxtail chain maille weave with colorful jumprings and handmade lampwork or ceramic beads. Whoknew that chain maille jewelry could be so colorful?Jennifer VanBenschoten, Beading Daily editorFree Patterns for Beaded Chain Maille: Jewelry Projects and Chain Maille Instructionseditor, beadingdaily JENNIFER VANBENSCHOTENproduction designer JANICE TAPIA / photography JOE COCA, ANN SWANSONProjects and information are for inspiration and personal use only. BeadingDaily, Beadwork, and Stringing do not recommend, approve, or endorse any of theadvertisers, products, services, or views advertised in this publication. Nor do BeadingDaily, Beadwork, or Stringing evaluate the advertisers’ claims in any way. Youshould, therefore, use your own judgment in evaluating the advertisers, products, services, and views advertised in BeadingDaily, Beadwork, and Stringing. F W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. F W Media grants permission for any or all pages in this issue to be copied for personal use. beadingdaily.compage 3

foxyroxy necklacetools & supplies 20-gauge silver craft wire, 1'Combine foxtail chain with rocky ceramic beads. 18-gauge 8mm OD anodized aluminum jumprings in one or more colors, approximately 437 Ceramic 20mm Happy Beads, 6 Hook or toggle claspsKill leVel 2 pairs flat nose pliersBY SARA E. GRAHAM, Associate Editor Round nose pliers Flush cuttersLately, I have had a lot of fun with lightweight anodized aluminum jump rings in my chain maille designs. I also had some HappyBeads tucked away in a container. I found jump rings that matchedthe beads, made foxtail chains, linked all the beads together withsimple loops, and combined them. Make the chains match yourbeads, or play around with different color combinations. 16-gauge mandrel or thin knitting needle Small paper clip or scrap wire (optional)Resources: Happy Beads from Some EnchantedBeading, someenchantedbeading.com. Wire fromParawire, parawire.com. Jump rings from TheRing Lord, theringlord.com. Clasp from Star’sClasps, starsclasps.com.Photo of finished piece by Jim Lawson, all other photos courtesyof Michael Richardson. F W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. F W Media grants permission for any or all pages in this issue to be copied for personal use. beadingdaily.compage 4

1Cut a 2" length of wire. Slip itthrough a bead, and make simpleloops on each side. Repeat for theother beads. Link by opening oneloop on the right side of the bead,and threading on the loop of the nextbead. Close the loops.2Take six silver rings, and openfour of them. Link them togetherin a two-by-two-by-two pattern. Twista scrap piece of wire or put a smallpaper clip on the end to keepyour place.3456Thread a silver jump ring throughthe four rings on the mandrel,and close. Thread another jump ringthrough the same path. Close. Takethe chain off the mandrel, and add twomore rings to the top of the chain, andclose both.Repeat Steps 3–5 several moretimes to form the chain.Pick up all the rings and flop the toprings down to each side. Threadthe thin mandrel through the middlerings now at the top. Slide the mandrelto the left and thread it through one ofthe jump rings you flopped to the side.Slide the mandrel to the right to catchthe other flopped side ring. You shouldhave what looks like a clover.At any point, switch to thecolored rings and back to thesilver rings. Repeat Steps 3–5 until youmake a chain about 5½" long. RepeatSteps 2–6 to make an identical chainfor the other side of the necklace.Sara E. Graham7On one end of a chain, thread ona single jump ring through twoend rings, and attach it to the first loopof the beaded section. Close the ring.Repeat on the other chain.8Link two jump rings on the endof the chain. With the secondjump ring, attach one half of the clasp.Close the rings. Repeat on the otherend of the chain.is the associate editorfor Step by Step WireJewelry, Easy Wire,and Jewelry Artist.She designs withwire, beads, and chain maille in herspare time, when she’s not indulging in music and creative writing, orplanning for her upcoming wedding. E-mail [email protected] F W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. F W Media grants permission for any or all pages in this issue to be copied for personal use. beadingdaily.compage 5

INSTRUCTO Rgridlockchain braceletSKILL LEVEL F W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. F W Media grants permission for any or all pages in this issue to be copied for personal use. beadingdaily.compage 6

1Open 84 16g 5mm rings, all 4216g 5.5mm rings, all 84 18g 5mmrings, and all eight 18g 4mm rings.Take an open 16g 5mm ring. Puttwo closed rings of the same size onit. Close the ring. Add another open16g 5mm ring in the same path. Youshould have a 2-in-2 chain, two linkslong. Make 42 of these segments.2Take an open 16g 5.5mm ring,put one link (two rings) of a segment on the open ring. Add anothersegment in the same path on the openring. Close the ring.34Continue making five-link segments, until you have used all thesmall links. You should end up with 21of these segments.5Just like in Byzantine, you willflip back the rings on the ends ofthe segments. Take a segment, andflip back the two rings on each end.(See photo) Set it aside. Repeat onanother segment.6789Still holding the open ring, add onanother segment just like in Step6. Close the ring.Add another open 18g 5mm ring(in silver, underneath gold), following the same path as in Step 7. Closethe ring.Add another 16g 5.5mm ringthrough the same path, as inStep 2. Close the ring. You shouldhave a chain that is five links long, withtwo larger rings in the middle. Set thissegment aside.Take an open 18g 5mm ring (ingold). Thread this ring through thetwo flipped back rings of one segment(in copper). Note that you are not going through the rings at the end as inByzantine chain, but go through on theside. Do not close the ring.Flip the chain over, so the side ofthe chain you just connected isclosest to you. Still working with thesame segments, make sure the ringson the ends of both segments areflipped back. Take an open 18g 5mmring, and thread it through the rings thatare flipped back, as in Step 6. Threadthis through the flipped back rings ofthe other segment. Close the ring. F W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. F W Media grants permission for any or all pages in this issue to be copied for personal use. beadingdaily.compage 7SSWF-090505-GRIDLOCK.indd 263/26/09 3:48:58 PM

another open 18g 5mmback the end rings ofStep 11 for the other10 Add11 Flip12 Repeatring, following the same path asanother segment. Take an openside of the chain. Continue addthe ring added in Step 9. Close thering. You should now have a chain thatlooks like the photo.18g 5mm ring, and thread throughthe flipped back rings of the segmentalready on the chain, and the flippedback rings of the new segment. Closethe ring. Add another ring in the samepath (in gold).wiretipYou can change the fit of thebracelet by adding or subtracting the segments made afterSteps 1-4.clasp, take an open13 To18gadd4mmthering.Go through thetwo flipped back rings on the end ofthe chain, and one of the loops of theclasp. Close the ring. If possible, addanother 18g 4mm ring in the samepath for security. Repeat for the otherring of the clasp, and attach the otherend of the clasp in the same way.ing segments to the chain, until thechain reaches the desired length.Deanna KittrellDeanna’s passion is chainmaille jewelry. She enjoyssharing her knowledgeand enthusiasm with others, and especiallyenjoys demystifying chain maille techniques. She has taught at Bead Fest andthe Bead & Button Show. She works andteaches at Piece of Mind Bead and Jewelrystudio in Sacramento, Calif. and considersGretchen Schueller, her mentor and inspiration. Deanna sells jump rings, kits, andfinished jewelry at dsdesignsjewerly.com. F W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. F W Media grants permission for any or all pages in this issue to be copied for personal use. beadingdaily.compage 8

skill levelceltic cage earringsCapture beads in chain maille cages.By Melissa Senetar, Ph. D.The Celtic Cage design represents an original variation of the Helm(or Parallel) weave in which a straight chain is joined in the round toresemble a Celtic knot. Two Celtic knots are then linked together toform a chain maille cage around a bead. Using sterling jump rings andblack onyx beads, these earrings have a timeless appeal that is sure toget lots of compliments!tools & supplies 18-gauge sterling (0.04", 1.024mmdiameter) 6mm ID jump rings, 48 18-gauge sterling (0.04”, 1.024mmdiameter) 3.5mm ID jump rings, 32 22-gauge sterling (0.0254", .65mmdiameter) 2mm ID jump rings, 18 8mm round black onyx beads, 2 Flat nose pliers Chain nose or bent nose pliers Scrap wire or twist tie Earwires, 2Resources: All materials from Rio Grande,riogrande.com. Complete kits fromPhbeaD.com. F W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. F W Media grants permission for any or all pages in this issue to be copied for personal use. beadingdaily.compage 9

wire tipsUsing two pairs of bent nosepliers makes opening and closing jump rings easier.1 slide them onto a piece of scrap wire 2 between the two 18g 6mm jumpClose two 18g 6mm jump rings andWeave one 18g 6mm jump ringor a twist tie. Twist the wire to close. Addtwo 18g 3.5mm jump rings to create a2-in-2 chain.rings and around the two 18g 3.5mmjump rings from Step 1. Close the ring.Add one 18g 6mm jump ring to thetwo 18g 3.5mm jump rings fromStep 1. Close the ring.3Add an additional 18g 6mm jumpring as in Step 3, but on the oppositeside. You should now have a line thatwhen viewed from the side reveals arepeated pattern of doubled rings (Steps1, 3–4) that are separated by a floatingring (Step 2).5 to the two 18g 6mm jump rings6 used a total of eleven 18g 6mmAttach one 18g 3.5mm jump ringfrom Steps 3–4. Close the ring. Add anadditional 18g 3.5mm jump ring throughthe same path. Close the ring.4Repeat Steps 2–5 until you havejump rings and six 18g 3.5mm jumprings. Remove the scrap wire, and shapethe chain into a U to prepare to join thetwo ends.For a clean, professional look,close all the jump rings so theopenings are imperceptable.That also makes the rings fittogether better.7 (two from each end) with one 18gJoin the four 18g 6mm jump rings3.5mm jump ring. Close the ring. Add anadditional 18g 3.5mm jump ring throughthe same path. F W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. F W Media grants permission for any or all pages in this issue to be copied for personal use. beadingdaily.compage 10

8 between the four joined 18g 6mmWeave one 18g 6mm jump ringjump rings, and around the two 18g3.5mm as in Step 2. Close the ring. Youshould now have a Celtic knot. RepeatSteps 1–8 to make another Celtic knot.9 of a Celtic knot. Add a second Celtic knot via the inside ring of one of its doubledAttach one 22g 2mm jump ring to the inside ring of one of the doubled ring pairsring pairs. Close the ring. Add an additional 22g 2mm jump ring through the samepath. Close the ring. You should now have two Celtic knots joined by two small ringsat one station.10 inside rings of two other doubled 11 join the inside rings of the lastRepeat Step 9 two times to thering pairs. You should now have twoCeltic knots joined at three stations.Place a bead within the cage, thendoubled ring pairs as in Step 9.You should now have two Celtic knotsjoined at four stations. This is your firstCeltic cage.12 through one of the 22g 2mm jumpAttach one 22g 2mm jump ringring pairs that join the Celtic knots. Closethe ring. Use this ring to attachan earwire. Repeat Steps 1–12 for theother earring.Melissa Senetar, Ph.D.began beading as a fashionable way to relax fromher dissertation researchduring graduate school.After receiving a Doctorate degree in Biochemistry, she movedto Wisconsin where she continued herresearch as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, andcontinued learning about beading as amember of the Madison Bead Society.Melissa realized she was a beader atheart. She resides in Berea, Ky. with herhusband and two cats. To see more of herhandcrafted chain maille, wire wrapped,and beaded jewelry, visit her Web site atPhbeaD.com. F W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. F W Media grants permission for any or all pages in this issue to be copied for personal use. beadingdaily.compage 11

skill levelvictorianfloralnecklaceSubstantial Japanese12-in-2 bib.By Jacklyn CraftThis necklace started as asimple project before takingon a life of its own. Originallythought of with only one floralsection in mind, it expandedfrom there creating a dramaticstatement.tools & supplies 20-gauge 3mm (⅛") ID nickel jumprings, 282 18-gauge 4.5mm (3/16") ID nickel jumprings, 127 18-gauge 6mm (3/16") ID nickeljump rings 1" eyepins, 22 6mm turquoise beads, 22 Hook clasp Flat nose pliers, 2 pair Round nose pliers Flush cuttersResources: Beads, clasp, and eyepins fromFire Mountain Gems and Beads, firemountaingems.com. Jump rings from the The RingLord, TheRingLord.com.14 F W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. F W Media grants permission for any or all pages in this issue to be copied for personal use. beadingdaily.comSTEP BY STEP WIRE JEWELRY2010pageAugust-September12

1Close two 4.5mm jump rings. Weavea 3mm jump ring through both of theclosed 4.5mm rings.2Continue to add 3mm jump ringsuntil there are 12 woven through thetwo 4.5mm rings.34Continue to loop two 4.5mm jumprings through two 3mm jump ringsuntil you have six petals completed.5Start to join the petals togetherby inserting two 3mm jump ringsthrough two petals.6Continue to join the petals until allsix are completed. Repeat Steps1-6 eight more times until there are ninecompleted flowers in total.789Join two flowers together using twoof the 3mm jump rings.Rotate the piece slightly until thepetals fit tightly together. Join thesecond petal to the first with two more ofthe 3mm jump rings above the two 3mmrings that were previously attached.Insert two 4.5mm jump ringsthrough two of the 3mm jump rings.Use two more of the 3mm jumprings to finish attaching thepetals together. This will secure thetwo flowers. F W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. F W Media grants permission for any or all pages in this issue to be copied for personal use. beadingdaily.compage 13

10Repeat Steps 7-9 on the oppositeside. This will create a curvedlook. Make one more set of threefollowing Steps 7-9. This will be used forthe top row of the necklace.11To finish the top row of thenecklace, use two sets of two 3mmjump rings to attach another flower.Repeat once more on the opposite side.You will now have five flowers attachedtogether for the top row.Lay out the finished sections.There will be a row of five, arow of three, and a single piece for thebottom. Using sets of two 4mm jumprings, attach the rows together in thefour places shown in the picture.131415Place a 6mm turquoise beadon an eyepin. Using round nosepliers, make a simple loop on the otherside, to make a double eyepin beadlink. Repeat for all the beads.(See Wire Basics).Connect each beaded eyepinusing 3mm jump rings. Continueuntil you have two chains each 11beads long.12Add two 3mm jump rings toeach side of the top row of thenecklace. Use a 6mm jump ring to joineach set of the two 3mm jump rings tothe beaded chains.Jacklyn Craft16was born and raised a “military brat” in Canada having livedin several provinces before settling in North Bay, Ontario.After watching her brother make armor out of chain maille,the ideas flowed, and her chain maille creations have taken theform of jewelry, lampshades, dreamcatchers and other projects.You can contact her at [email protected] and check out other projects at TheCraftNymphs.com, a Web site shared with her sister, Beth.Attach a 3mm jump ring and thehook clasp to one end of a beadedchain, and a 3mm and a 4.5mm jumpring to the other. F W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. F W Media grants permission for any or all pages in this issue to be copied for personal use. beadingdaily.compage 14

Basic chain maille patterns can be adapted to create any kind of jewelry – necklaces, bracelet, and earrings can all be made using the same weaves from your favorite chain maille patterns. We put together four of our favorite chain maille jewelry patterns just for you! Sara E. Graham’s Foxy Roxy necklace is a vibrant take on basic .