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Colorful Jump Ring Choker

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This Colorful Jump Ring Choker is the perfect start for someone interested in learning how to make chain maille jewelry. It's a simple design but requires all the basic skills you need to start making chain maille jewelry.

Colorful Jump Ring Choker
Colorful Jump Ring Choker
This image courtesy of beadalon.com

Project Type: Make a Project

Time to complete: In an evening

Bead Technique Used: Chainmail/Wirework

Bead Project Type: Necklace

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Materials:

  • 20 Gauge Pink Artistic Wire
  • 20 Gauge Mint Artistic Wire
  • 20 Gauge Orange Artistic Wire
  • Jump Ring Maker Tool
  • 2 Pairs Chain Nose Pliers
  • Beadstrom™ Round Nose Pliers
  • Designer Flush Cutters

Instructions:

  1. Create jump ring coils using Jump Ring Maker Tool. Follow directions on back of package. You will need the following total jump rings in the following sizes: 28 8mm pink, 14 4mm mint and 32 7mm orange. (The largest dowel is 8mm, the next size down is 7mm and the smallest is 4mm.)
     
  2. Create clasp by looping end of orange wire with the tip of a pair round nose pliers while still on the spool, this should be a small decorative loop. Round the wire over your index finger and back around, the wire should be approximately 1”. Clip off excess wire and make a larger loop at the end with your fingers. Bend this so that it is at a 90 degree angle from the first loop and push the loop up on an angle with your fingers to create a hook style clasp. You can also opt to use a pre-made clasp!
     
  3. Start from the center of the design and work out in both directions alternating from side to side. This helps maintain the pattern.
     
  4. Thread two pink jump rings through two orange jump rings. Secure them closed with your chain nose pliers. Thread two more pink jump rings on both orange rings and secure closed. Thread two mint rings on each pair of pink jump rings and secure closed with your pliers. Attach two pink jump rings through each pair of mint jump rings.
     
  5. The pattern of double ring chain continues as follows: orange, pink, green, pink and orange. Continue attaching rings alternating side to side until you reach the final pair of orange rings on each side (there will be two extra orange rings.)
     
  6. Thread one orange jump ring on the final pair of orange links on each side of design. Attach the clasp you made to one of the rings. Secure rings closed with your pliers.
     
  7. Check back through the design to secure all rings.


If you like this necklace pattern, you'll love all the other free jewelry patterns in our 12 Free Jewelry Projects to Make This Evening eBook!

 

 

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