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Dragon Scale Weave Tutorial


Updated October 12, 2016
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This Dragon Scale Weave Tutorial will explain to you how to do one of the more complicated weaves in chainmaille, but also one of the more intricately beautiful ones as well. Be warned though, this one will take some time and patience! The dragon scale weave is a flexible and ornate version of chainmaille. Similiar to the European 4-in-1, but unique in its own right, this chainmaille pattern uses two different size jump rings, with the small jump rings fitting inside the larger ones. Try out this chainmaille bracelet design and feel like a goddess wearing this intricate DIY bracelet.

Dragon Scale Weave Tutorial
Dragon Scale Weave Tutorial
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Project Type: Make a Project

Bead Type: Miscellaneous

Time to complete: In an evening

Bead Technique Used: Chainmail/Wirework

Bead Project Type: Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings

Difficulty Level: Advanced


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Chainmaille is armor or jewelry made by connecting metal rings to one another. In fact, Chainmaille is one of the earliest forms of metal armor! The oldest piece of (accurately dated) maille armor was discovered in the graves of Celtic warriors and it is thought to be more than 2,700 years old. However, there are examples of Etruscan pattern mail dating from at least the 4th century BC.

It is difficult to trace the history of chainmaille jewelry, sometimes referred to as chainmail, or simply maille, because it was commonly used as armour and much of the evidence was destroyed during battle. Outside of the battlefield, chainmaille has been used for jewelry making by cultures as diverse as the Vikings and the ancient Egyptians.

The word maille derives from the French word maille (mesh), which comes from Latin macula (mesh of a net). To create something out of chainmaille involves wrapping metal wire around a rod to make a coil, then cutting the coil and creating individual "jump rings", and then, using pliers, linking the rings—one at a time—into a pattern. Often pre-made jump rings are used in jewelry making to make the process faster. There are an abundnace of patterns made in this style; over 900 different weaves are documented.

Aside from jewelry making, chainmaille or maille continues to be used today as a component of stab-resistant body armour, cut-resistant gloves for butchers and woodworkers, shark-resistant wetsuits for defense against shark bites, and more. For artistic purposes, its been used to create chessboards, baskets, belts, headdresses, and Christmas ornaments!

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Unfortunately, I must agree with the other reviewers. The video presentation will not help anyone learn this lovely but complex weave. You cannot get an idea of the actual pattern of dragonscale from this video. Additionally it would have been helpful to have a mention of the size of jump rings used. Perhaps including an actual schematic that viewers can study would help. FYI there is an excellent diagram and explanation of this weave in the book "Chain Mail Jewelry Workshop", by Karen Karon.

Camera is much too far away to see anything. Looking for a better video.

Impossible to see what she is doing. The video needs to be up close and right up at her hands. How about printed materials?

I have watched these instructions many times. You need to use larger jump rings and chang you camera direction. I love the look of the bracelet but we not seeing what your doing. Thank You ssulphur

Directions impossible to follow. Camera needs to be a lot closer up. I will keep looking for someone else's tutorial. Lovely bracelet

lovely project but very very difficukt to follow


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