Here’s another simple and beautiful chain maille design created by XQDesigns.
The piece is a double purpose piece because it can be used as a pendant/necklace or earrings.
In this tutorial, we have added a bonus on how to use it as earrings.
Chain maille is a technique that if you only use your imagination you can create wonders with it.
Like with the Easter Basket Necklace, you can add more jump rings and make the piece wider
or bigger and add more seed beads all around.
Thanks Miss Susan Puckett of Port Orchard, Washington for suggesting the name Easter Basket for the tutorial!
60+ x 1cm jump ring in diameter
45 x 0.8cm jump rings
0.8cm (20 ga) wire
20 pcs wooden beads or glass beads
1 clay flower bead
2 Flat nose or bent pliers
TIPS: How to open a jump ring
Using 2 flat nose or bent nose pliers grip the jump ring on both sides of the split or gap.
While holding the pliers move your hands in opposite directions, one plier towards you
and the other pliers away from you. You will see the split opening up.
Tips: Do not pull the gap or split outward as it could be hard to go back to shape later.
How to close a jump ring
To close the jump ring, just move your pliers towards each other and
have the split meet again.
This is how your jump ring will look like once you close it.
Pick up a 1 cm jump ring and open it following the tips on how to open a jump ring.
This jump ring will serve as your base jump ring.
Once you’ve open the split, insert 10pcs 0.8 cm close jump rings.
Then close your 1 cm jump ring. You now have your 1st layer of 0.8 cm jump rings.
Open 1 (0.8 cm) jump ring and insert it on the first 2 jump rings from your
1st layer, starting from your left like shown in this picture.
Open another 0.8 cm jump ring and insert it on the 2nd and 3rd jump ring
from your 1st layer.
Repeat step of opening and inserting 2 jump rings following this pattern:
3rd & 4th, 4th & 5th, 5th & 6th, 6th & 7th, 7th & 8th, 8th & 9th and 9th &10th.
You will now have 9 (0.8 cm) jump rings attached on your 1st layer of jump rings.
Now start creating the 3rd layer by repeating Steps 4 to 6 but this
time attach the jump rings on your 2nd layer, following this pattern:
1st & 2nd, 2nd & 3rd, 3rd & 4th, 4th & 5th, 5th & 6th, 6th & 7th, 7th & 8th and 8th & 9th.
You will then have 8 (0.8 cm) jump rings for your 3rd layer.
We’re moving on to your 4th layer. Again, repeat Steps 4 to 6 following this patter:
1st & 2nd, 2nd & 3rd, 3rd & 4th, 4th & 5th, 5th & 6th, 6th & 7th and 7th & 8th.
You now have 7 (0.8cm) jump rings for your 4th layer.
Continue attaching jump rings until you reach your 10th layer.
As you go along creating your layers you should decrease
the number of (0.8 cm) jump rings by one.
When you reach your 10th layer, you should only have 1 (0.8 cm) jump ring.
Now we’re going to embellish the edges of your pendant/necklace
with wooden beads. You can also use glass beads if you prefer.
From your 1st layer of jump rings, open the last jump ring and insert a wooden bead.
You can start either on the right or left side of the pendant/necklace.
In this tutorial we have started on the right side of the pendant/necklace.
If you can’t find the split of the jump ring try to move or turn the jump ring
around until you can see the split.
Do same for all the edges on each layer.
Remember to match the colors of the wooden beads on both sides of the pendant/necklace.
Now we’re going to create the necklace.
Attach 1 (1 cm) jump ring on each of the first 0.8 cm jump rings from your
1st and 3rd layers. Then attach again 1 (1 cm) jump ring, linking your
2 (1 cm) jump rings like shown in this picture.
Continue linking 1 cm jump rings until you reach your desired length.
Repeat Step 15 for the other side.
Continue linking 1 cm jump rings until you reach your desired length,
but before closing the split, attach your crab claw clasp.
Step 15: Attaching the flower bead.
Cut a few inches of 0.8mm (20 ga) wire and coil one end onto the
1 cm base jump ring like shown in this picture.
Then slide through your flower bead into the wire and position the
bead at the middle or over your base jump ring.
Secure the flower bead by coiling the wire several times onto the base jump ring.
Cut excess wire.
You have completed the Easter Basket Chain Maille Necklace.
Remember, there are many variations you can play around with it.
Explore and discover… you will be able to do it! Hope you like the tutorial!
Please do not distribute, lend or copy.
Do not mass produce.