September 16, 2009
My First Box Chain Bracelet - 16 Gauge Copper Jump Rings
I don't know why in the world I've been so shy about attempting chain maille. It only looks complicated ~ as I learned when I received a packet of more than 200 beautiful handmade 16 gauge copper jump rings from a good friend, found a free online tutorial, and braced myself for the challenge.
Now, that's not to say it was smooth sailing from jump ring Number 1. I hit a snag or two right off and had to go back and start over. Then a couple of jump rings jumped out of my pliers and are still in hiding. (Joe says that's why they're called "jump" rings. Hehehe.) Well, it's too late for a change of heart now, guys, I finished it without you.)
Once I got the first 3/4 inch done, I saw why it's called a "box" chain -- it really does appear to have eight corners and six straight walls!
I was off and running ~ and kept pace for quite a while. Then, when my chain reached 6 inches, it just stopped growing. No matter how many jump rings I added, it still measured 6 inches. Hmmm ... Oh well, just kept going and all of a sudden it was over 7 inches long.
Yeah, just like that, it was time to think about a clasp. I decided on a 16 gauge copper toggle with matching keeper loop that I'd made a few weeks ago and set aside for some undetermined project. (I really LOVE making my own clasps!!!) Attached it, and that was that!
I'm wearing my new bracelet right now ~ and thinking it's so comfy I could sleep in it! Maybe I will.
My forum buds tell me Byzantine is easier. Okay, bring it on! I'm soooo ready. Who knows? Maybe even those two jumpers will come out of hiding....