Happy Beading&Learning: To Make Byzantine Chain Maille Earrings

Jump rings are basic and essential jewelry findings that are familiar with every bead jewelry makers and fans. Unlike shining beads and stylish focal pendants, they always are accessories in the whole project playing a role of connecting and jointing.

Indeed, it’s not the whole truth if you know chain mail jewelry which made all by those jump rings. Ever seen the chain mail used as armor in movies or museums?

Chainmail was first worn in the middle ages by knights as protective armor in battle. Gradually, various ornate chainmail weaves and ring patterns have come into modern use for fashion jewelry to make stylish chokers, necklaces and bracelets.

So today, collect your jump rings and follow Zacoo’s Happy Learning & Designing to make a basic chain mail weaving pattern – Byzantine Chain Maille.

See the inspiration i made using this technique, it has a beautiful name -Falling Down Meteor Earring

Step 1 Open jump rings and set aside for use later.


Step 2

Slide four jump rings on to one open jump ring (shown in red). Close the jump ring.

Step 3 Add a second red open jump ring through the same four closed jump rings. Split the jump rings into pair as shown in the illustration.

Step 4 Attach a paperclip or a head pin through the two end jump rings. That will help you to pick up the jump rings chain more easily.

Step 5 Flip the two blue jump rings to the direction of the jump rings at the beginning (shown in black) .

Step 6

Push the last two jump rings (shown in red) apart to form the shape as the picture shown.

Step 7 Attach a jump ring through the two blue jump rings.

Step 8

Continue to add a second jump ring (in red color) that with the same position as the first one.

Step 9 Add two groups of jump rings (the two blue ones and the two red ones) as shown in the pictures. We can see that they are the same with that in Step 3 and Step 4.

Step 10 Repeat Step 5 and step 6 to make a make a new unit of chain maille.

Step 11 Add three more jump rings through the previous two jump rings.

Step 12 Repeat Step 5 and step 6 to make another unit of chain maille until it comes to your desired length.

Happy Learning & Designing: European 4-in-1 Chain Maille

Europen 4-in-1 chain maille is one of the easy weave pattern in chain maille world. For new learners, this is a good choice to start out. It doesn’t need various tools as well as beautiful and functional beads, findings or some other supplies. Jump rings and two pairs of chain nose pliers are all your needs for tools and materials. If only you can open and close jump rings, you can make yourself an awesome European 4-in-1 chain maille cuff bracelet.

Below is a religious and spirituality cross cuff bracelet that using this classic chain maille weave. If you like it ,follow me to make this project.If you don’t like it ,also follow me to learn European 4-in-1 chain maille to create your own style :)

Step 1 Use two pairs of chain nose pliers or professional jump rings opening and closing tool to open jump rings.


Step 2

Open one jump ring and slide four closed jump ring onto it. Close jump ring and arrange the jump rings as shown in the picture.

Step 3 Open a new jump ring (the red one) and slide through the two top closed jump rings of the first unit jump rings finished in Step 2. Continue to slide another two jump rings onto the jump ring (the red one) in the middle.

Step 4 Arrange the jump rings shown as the picture.

Step 5 Slide a jump ring (the red one) to the two top jump rings of the second unit jump rings made in Step 3. Arrange them to the right position as shown in the picture.

Step 6

Repeat Step 2 to Step 5 until the chain maille comes to your desired length.

Step 7 This step shows how to widen the chain maille. By taking a start from one side of chain maille, you need to open a jump ring (the red one) and slide through the two right sided jump rings. Slide two closed jump rings onto the jump ring in red again and closed it, shown as the picture.

Step 8

Arrange the jump rings into the right position as shown in picture.

Step 9 Continue to slide a new jump ring (the red one) through the two top jump rings and the third jump ring in the right sided. Slide a jump ring and arrange its position as the picture shows.

Step 10 Repeat Step 10 until reaching the other end of the chain maille.

Step 11 This step shows how to make a closure for the project either for a bracelet or necklace. To attach a 2 strand clasp, slide two jump rings to the end of chain maille and then attach them to the ring of clasp. Close the jump ring.

Step 12 Repeat Step 11 for the opposite end of the bracelet. Congratulations, you have complete the European 4-in-1 chain maille !

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Happy Learning&Designing: To Make A Mess Wire Wrapping Ring

Hi,

Wire wrapping technique is one of the most developed  jewelry techniques in beading industry. Unlike seed beads techniques that needs difficult stitching and a clear logistic thinking on complex patterns and great patience, wire wrap techniques tends to be more flexible, willful and creative, just as what i am going to teach and share today- A stylish and fashionable ring. The main technique to do this project is mess wire wrap technique.

Let’s firstly see the looks when i finish them. If you like them, you can follow the instructions and make that for yourself.

It’s much more beautiful if you look it from a different angle, just make me thought of the beautiful and vigorous sunset and the origin of new life :)

The materials is easy, wire and beads. To do this project, you can’t have miss an essential tools- ring mandrel which has exactly scale ensuring you to make the right ring size for you.

Ok, get prepared for all the materials and tools, then let’s follow my instructions.

Materials: Acrylic Beads ; Jewelry Wire

Tools: Chain Nose Pliers,Hammer

Step 1 Cut 80cm sliver beading wire in 18 gauges. String one bead to the center of the wire.
Step 2 Bend two ends of the wire against the beads to point downward.

Step 3 Put the bead against the ring mandrel on your desired size and then begin to wrap the wire to your desired amount of loops.

Step 4 Wrap both ends of the wire from the bottom of the center bead to your desired amount of wraps. Make the two ends point back in the direction it started, show in step 3. Tip:You can string some beads to make an interesting look of the ring.

Step 5 Take the ring out of the ring mandrel and hold the center of the bead, wrap one of the wire ends around the ring band with three wraps.

Step 6 Use side cutting plier to cut the tail end of the wire.

Step 7 Do the same to wrap the other end of the wire. Use chain nose plier to trim both ends.

Step 8 Place the ring back onto the ring mandrel. Taking a rubber mallet to hammer the back of the ring band, so the wires can lay flat.

Step 9 Congratulations! You have completed a wire wrapped ring.

Happy Learning&Designing: To Make A Wire Wrapping Ring

Hi,

It’s really long time that we don’t have beading tutorials for our readers due to so many new arrivals and promotions recently. Miss it , right ?

So today, i will share a step by step beading tutorials about how to use wire to make a sparkling ring.

The materials is easy, wire and beads. To do this project, you can’t have miss an essential tools- ring mandrel which has exactly scale ensuring you to make the right ring size for you.

Ok, get prepared for all the materials and tools, then let’s follow my instructions.

Materials: Acrylic Beads ; Jewelry Wire

Tools: Chain Nose Pliers,Hammer

Step 1 Cut 60cm sliver beading wire in 18 gauges. String one bead to the center of the wire.
Step 2 Bend two ends of the wire against the beads and point downward.
Step 3 Put the bead against on the ring mandrel of your desired size and then begin to wrap the wire.

Step 4 Press tight of both ends and keep your beads in place. Make sure the wire runs parallel at the back of the mandrel.

Step 5 Wrap four loops and make the two ends point back in the direction it started, show in step 3.

Step 6 Take the ring out of the ring mandrel and hold the center of the bead, wrap one of the wire ends around the ring band with three wraps.

Step 7 Use side cutting plier to cut the tail end of the wire.

Step 8 Do the same to wrap the other end of the wire. Use chain nose plier to trim both ends.

Step 9 Place the ring back onto the ring mandrel. Taking a rubber mallet to hammer the back of the ring band, so the wires can lay flat.

Step 10 HCongratulations! You have completed a wire wrapped ring.

Happy Learning&Designing:Using Wire to Cover a Bead

Hi, it’s Happy Designing&Learning that everyone can enjoy happiness and learn something for a day, especially for the beginners of the splendid beading world.

Wire is so versatile in jewelry design and wire jewelry has been one of the mature and fashion trends in jewelry design world. So today,let’s learn the basic wire wrapping technique- using wire to cover a bead.

Step 1 Cut 15cm to 20 cm wire with side cutting plier.
Step 2 Using you chain nose pliers, grasp the wires right at the bend.
Step 3 Reposition wires and use round nose plier to make a simple loop.

Step 4 Grip the wire with your finger and wrap a set of loops.

Step 5 Cut the extra wires closed to the bead using side cutting plier.

Step 6 Grip straight the other side of the wire. The wires now have the function of head pin.

Step 7 String a red acrylic tear-drop bead to the wire.

Step 8 Using your round nose plier and grasp the wire right at the bend.

Step 9 To make a simple loop then.

Step 10 Hold the loop with the round nose plier and grip the wires with your fingers to wrap the loops.

Step 11 Continue wrapping the wires around the bead until you have covered as much of your beads as desired

Step 12 Cut the wires.

Step 13 Congratulations! You have successfully covered a bead.