Chainmaille Christmas Tree Tutorial

Looking for something unique to hang on your Christmas tree? Try making the Chainmail Christmas tree by Beadsister’s Library?

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Sarah Austin of Beadsister’s Library using the Japanese Chainmaill weave. The finished Christmas tree measures 3.7 x 4cm and could be used as a pendant, a pair of large earrings, Christmas cards or as a decoration.

To make the Chainmaille Christmas Tree you will the following jump rings.

  • 30 green anodised aluminium jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm (A)
  • 48 dark green enamelled copper jump rings, id 3.2mm, 0.81mm wire (B)
  • 20 mixed bright coloured enamelled copper jump rings, id 3.2mm, 0.81mm wire (C)
  • (Some of the colours used in the instructions are no longer available)
  • 2 brown enamelled copper jump rings, id 3.2mm, 0.81mm wire (D)
  • 4 brown anodised aluminium jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm (E)
  • 32 gold enamelled copper jump rings, id 3.2mm, 0.81mm wire (F)
  • two pairs of chain nose or flat nose pliers

1. Close two green aluminium rings (A). Link two dark green copper rings (B) and two bright coloured copper rings (C) to the two green aluminium rings (A).

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2. Link one green aluminium ring (A) through the two bright coloured rings (C) from step 1 and close. Repeat with a second ring A.

3. Link four dark green copper rings (B) and two bright coloured copper rings (C) to the two green aluminium rings (A) added in step 2.

4. Repeat step 3 twice. Link two dark green copper rings (B) to the last two green aluminium rings (A) added.

5. Refer to the picture to help you with steps 5-7.
Link one green aluminium ring (A) through the first two pairs of dark green copper rings (B) and close. Repeat with a second green aluminium ring (A). Link two dark green copper rings (B) and two bright coloured copper rings (C) to the two green aluminium rings (A) you have just added.

6. Link one green aluminium ring (A) through the next two pairs of green copper rings (B) and the pair of bright coloured rings (C) added in step 5. Repeat with a second green aluminium ring (A). Link four dark green copper rings (B) and two bright coloured copper rings (C) to the two green aluminium rings (A) you have just added. Repeat once.

7. Link two green copper rings (B) to the last green aluminium rings (A) you have added.

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8. Referring to the picture and steps 5-7, continue to link the rings to form a tree shape.

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Turn the tree clockwise.

10.Link two green copper rings (B) to the second green aluminium rings of the bottom row. Link four green copper rings (B) to the middle green aluminium rings of the bottom row. Link two green copper rings (B) to the fourth green aluminium rings of the bottom row.

11. Link one bronze aluminium ring (E) through the first two pairs of green copper rings (B) and close. Repeat once.

12. Link two brown copper rings (D) to the two bronze aluminium rings (E) you have just added. Repeat step 11, linking through the remaining green copper rings (B).

13. Link one gold-copper ring (F) through a second closed gold-copper ring (F). Repeat.

14. Link the two pairs of gold rings with another gold-copper ring (F).

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15. Make your first piece of tinsel four pairs of gold copper rings (F) long.

16. Make your second piece of tinsel six pairs of gold copper rings (F) long.

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Referring to the picture, open one gold-copper ring (F) and link it to the Christmas tree and your four ring tinsel length. Open a second gold-copper ring (F) and attach the other end to the tree. Repeat with the second piece of tinsel.

Meet the Author

Beadsisters is an online shop run by Sarah Austin and her husband from beautiful South West Scotland. Sarah’s love of chain maille began with her interest in medieval history. A small section of a chain maille shirt sits abandoned in a cupboard now she has discovered that you can make jewellery with jump rings. Every month there is a new chain maille ‘Project of the Month’ which joins our growing Library of free instructions. Read more…

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