I just love it when we get new products in. It makes me feel so inspired and I want to dive right in. When I first saw this faux chainmaille chain, I knew immediately what I wanted to make. A bracelet with two layers of chain and rhinestone cup chain sandwiched in between. I was going to wrap it all together with the Chinese knotting cord and it was going to be awesome.
And then I started to make it… The links on the black chain were too small and the knotting cord wasn’t quite stiff enough to thread easily through the chain. No big deal, I’ll just use leather, I thought. I started lashing the three pieces of chain together with the leather and the more I wove them, the chain started to curve and get too stiff. It was not going to be wearable. I was not too thrilled at this point. The bracelet looked so cool in my head and I was not about to give up on it!
I decided to stick with the chainmaille theme and connect them all together with jump rings. It worked! But, again, not without some frustration and hair pulling. This is why I’ve never attempted “real” chainmaille in the first place! Fiddling with two pairs of pliers, working the jump rings in the right positions. GAH!!!
All that said, I am super happy with the finished product. The bracelet is edgy and glamorous all at once. It’s extremely comfortable and since I’ve worked out all the kinks, it should come together for you no problem at all! Here it goes.
12 inches – Matte Black Faux Chainmaille Chain
7 inches – Rhinestone Cup Chain
10 pieces - 7mm Silver Jump Rings
2 pieces – Cup Chain Connector
2 pieces - 6mm Matte Black Jump Ring
1 piece – Matte Black Swiveling Lobster Clasp
1) Trim faux chainmaille chain into 2 equal six-inch pieces.
2) Lay all three chains next to each other, with the rhinestone chain extending slightly on either side.
3) Starting in the center, connect the two chainmaille chains with a silver jump ring, sandwiching the rhinestone chain between then. I found it easiest to work with the backside of the rhinestone chain. (Image 1)
4) Continue connecting the chains together with jump rings working your way out from the center. (Image 2) I started out only adding 5 jump rings but found that the chains did not stay together well enough when I was wearing the finished bracelet. I ended up adding additional jump rings so that there is approx. one jump ring for every three rhinestones for a total of 10 jump rings.
5) Connect the chains with a jump ring at the last link of the chainmaille chain. (Image 3)
6) Trim excess rhinestone chain so that there is only one rhinestone outside of the chainmaille chain.
7) Attach a cup chain connector to the last rhinestone link on each side of the bracelet. (Image 4)
8) I personally don’t care for the look of the cup chain connector, so I folded it inwards and then flipped down the loop to shorten it. (Images 5-6)
9) Attach one matte black jump ring to one side of the bracelet. (Image 7)
10) On the opposite side add one matte black jump ring and a lobster clasp. (Image 8-9)
I must say, I am really digging on this bracelet. It’s comfortable to wear and once I figured out how to get the design from my head to my wrist, the construction is pretty easy. You just have to be smarter than the jump rings, right? Anyway… This bracelet is the perfect mix of edgy elegance and punk perfection. It can be dressed up for a night out or with jeans and a simple tee for a day at the office. The matte black chain makes it a little bit punk while the bling of the crystal softens it just enough.
Here is a little bit more good news, all of our new products are 10% off. The chainmaille chain and swivel clasp used above are both on sale right now. Included in the sale are all of our new tools as well. Get the new bigger One-Step Looper now for only $27.00!