These were a nightmare, but oh maaan was it worth the trouble!
These custom gauntlets with chainmaille inserts were made for one of our best customers. Many headaches and a new employee later, we finally got the chainmaille wrangled and attached and they are GORGEOUS. The pictures don’t even do them justice.
Making chainmail isn’t hard, it just takes time and patience.
To make this bracelet you’ll need wire (I chose a metallic blue), wire cutters, some pliers, a clasp or closure of some kind and something round and long to wrap the wire around - in my case a skewer. (Excuse the quality of the photos, my phone’s camera is all I had available)
First wrap the wire tightly around the skewer so it shows no gaps, once you have enough puol it out. It might be a good idea to wrap and pull it bit by bit, when I did it I wrapped the whole thing and it was quite hard to pull out afterwards. :3
Once you have the coil use the wire cutters to cut rings as evenly as possible. Here you can see the wire as it comes, the coil and the rings.
The process itself is pretty simple, this method is called the four-in-one. Close four rings and loop them through an open one, then close it as well. Repeat until you have a bunch of four-in-one’s.
When you have a few you can loop them together, lay two groups together and make sure the central rings are facing one way and the surrounding rings the other.
Keep on looping until you’ve made your chain as long as you want. For a wider bracelet make more chains. I decided that two would be enough (I’ve got small puny wrists)
All you’ve got left to do is loop them together and join the clasp the same way and you’re good to go!
Here is a quick tutorial on how to make your own chainmaille bracelet or necklace using the 4 in 1 pattern. I have also included pictures afterwards of other chainmaille projects which I hope will further inspire you.
You will need jump rings, pliers and a lobster clasp. Jump rings from a local craft store are sufficient for jewelry. The size of the rings is really up to you and what’s easiest for you to work with. I did use 0.27 in (7mm) rings for this tutorial though.
Open one ring and slide four other rings onto the first. Close the first ring.
When you lay it out on a flat surface it should look like this:
To add to this pattern simply open another ring and slide it into the hole where two of the side rings overlap like a Venn Diagram. Add two more rings onto your open ring and then close it.
Repeat until you have reached a desired length. Finish with a single ring on each end. One of the ends will need to have a lobster clasp. And then you’re done. Unless you want to increase the width.
To increase the width add a ring through two top rings.
Next add two more rings to your open ring then close it.
To continue slip an open ring through 1 top most ring, and 2 rings a level below the top row.
Add a ring to the open ring and close it. Repeat along the entire length of your piece as many levels as desired. Then add a clasp of your choice.
Begin as before by slipping 4 rings onto 1 open ring. Close it. You should be at this stage again:
Next slip an open ring through the top 2 rings.
Add 2 rings then close it off. Repeat until desired length is reached.
Finish it as before with a lobster clasp. However, adding more rings is possible.
Slip an open ring through the mid level and bottom level rings.
Add 2 rings and close it.
Next, slip an open ring through the top most and 2 middle level rings.
Add 1 ring and close it. Repeat along entire length of piece and until desired width is achieved. Add desired clasp and you’re done.
Here are some examples of my finished work so you can get ideas of how finished pieces can look. Different patterns were used in some cases but you should be able to copy those patterns from the pictures if you so desire. If you have any questions let me know.
Queen of Hearts Necklace:
Sword and helmet earrings with shield necklace:
Chainmaille is pretty versatile and won’t necessarily take up a huge amount of your time. You can also mix and match different patterns.
There are tons of free patterns online which are yielded easily enough through a search engine. Pinterest also has a few decent pictures and tutorials.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and the extra pictures and that it was all helpful. If you have any questions please ask. =)
Also, much thanks to rubylis for reminding me that “jump rings” are typically sold in craft stores and not “o-rings” and that I should mention that the 4 in 1 pattern is usually done horizontally for jewelry (the “alternate method” in this tutorial).
Finally finished! The hood isn’t part of the outfit but I’m using it to hide the fact that my girl’s head totally doesn’t fit or match on this body. XD
This is a remake of some old armor made out of pliver the client provided. Much of it required some rework and some things were added. I made everything on the doll, including the whole outfit you can’t see underneath and the chainmail skirt.
The armor is made out of Worbla with some moonstones and freshwater pearls and other beads. Painted and weathered to look used and old.
The body is a souldoll mini and the head is a Withdoll Angela elf.
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