Braided Chains

I like a thicker chain bracelet: something substantial but also super simple. Chain maille is great for that, with a wide variety of potential patterns. However it takes a while to master & put together, and also involves a lot of fiddly dropping-of-links, swearing, and crawling around on the floor to pick up tiny bits of metal. 

I’ve seen some examples of braiding chain with chord or beads, but I wondered about braiding chain-with-chain . . .

I took three 9-inch lengths of chain and slipped them onto a jump ring, with the silver chain in the middle:

Now: if you have a hook to put the jump ring on, that would be good. Personally, I held the jump ring between my teeth and braided the chains down & away from me. It was sort of hard to see what I was doing, but it’s pretty easy to braid-by-feel.

Once I got to the end, I slipped another jump ring through the three ends & added a fastening:

I liked the little hint of silver amongst the gold, though I also just liked the simplicity of all one color . . .

In terms of sizing, if you have 9-inch strands of chain, you will end up with a roughly 8-inch finished braid.

I’m thinking of making links of 2-inch braids strung together with single links. . . I’ll let you know if it works out.

Love, Em.


Braided Chains — 17 Comments

  1. Thanks so much, it’s great when something in my head actually comes out looking the way I thought it might :) , rare but great.

  2. Wow! Very professional looking result from such a simple idea! Love the look and the simplicity. I agree the thicker result will look far better on a wrist than a thin chain – another winner!

  3. I love this idea, I have a large wrist and prefer my bracelets with a little size and weight to them, I can see this either as a plain chain bracelet or full of charms and beads, thanks for sharing it.

  4. Love it!!! I SO agree with you about chainmail work! I’ve tried it so many times…and just can’t get it! I can’t wait to try this!

  5. LOVE this! I am just getting into bracelets and I needed an ideato share in a party I am going to. I think we will have fun trying this together.

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