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Byzantine and Box Chain Maille Tutorial

Byzantine and Box Chain Maille Tutorial
Byzantine and Box Chain Maille Tutorial
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This Byzantine and Box Chain Maille Tutorial is a great place to start making chain mail jewelry. The pictures are easy to see and the steps are clear to follow, two very important things when first learning to connect rings. This fabulous chainmaille tutorial introduces you to byzantine, or birdcage weave. This jewelry making technique produces particularly attractive DIY jewelry designs. It is one of the easiest to learn and there is a plethora of lovely variations. Try out this how to jewelry tutorial today, and master this intricate byzantine chainmaille pattern.

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Bead TypeMetal

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Bead Technique UsedChainmail/Wirework

Bead Project TypeBracelet, Necklace

Easy

Reason to Make this Bracelet

We doubt you need us to give you reasons to make this chain maille bracelet; but just in case, here are some reasons you really should make this bracelet.

  1. When you make and wear this bracelet, you can tell people you are wearing chain maille. They will automatically think that you are awesome.

  2. It’s simple, and versatile. You could dress it up, you could dress it down, and there are so many colors you could wear it with. I imagine it would look quite fetching with a dark midnight blue.

  3. If you’re new to chain maille jewelry, you’ll have gained a new skill. How cool is that?

  4. Once you have this new skill, you’ll have so many possibilities for DIY gifts! Guys will think it’s cool because it’s chain maille, and girls will love it too because it’s pretty.

  5. It’s a very affordable hobby to pick up. You can generally find over 100 chain maille rings for prices around $2 as long as you aren’t buying really high quality metals.

  6. If you’re busy making your very affordable chain maille crafts, you won’t have time to spend money on other, more expensive things, so you’ll save money! Now that you have been convinced by these wonderful reasons, go ahead and make a chain maille bracelet.

Did you know?

Byzantine chain maille is known by a variety of other names, such as Etruscan, Birdcage, Idiot’s Trap, Fool’s Dilemna, and more. This intricate style of chain maille weave is a technique that was developed during the Byzantine Empire, a time renowned for an abundance of gold, gemstones, and lavish displays of wealth. Despite being named for Byzantium, the Byzantine chainmaille pattern is a variation of the European 4-in-1 weave, and is believed to have originated in Italy. Unlike the classic European style of chain maille weave, Byzantine chain maille was created purely for decoration, rather than for armor or other practical uses. Byzantine chainmaille has an intricate, rope-like texture, and is still a popular style of jewelry seen in Italy and across the globe.

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