Bead maille Bracelet

I love the look and feel of chain maille, but the few times I have tried it, I was really put off by the opening and closing of the individual rings - it felt very unsatisfying. As I got better, it seemed that I only needed to manipulate half the rings, and leave the other half alone, but it was still boring and time-consuming.

I had read about bead maille, which is basically chain maille using rings of beads for some of the rings. I didn't know if I would like it, but then but then I saw there was a free pattern at Lark Crafts, and it looked very nice in the picture, so I studied it to see how to make it.  In the pattern, the beaded rings are made first, then the over 200 jump rings are added.  Ugh!!!!  I looked closer and asked myself if the same pattern could be executed by adding the jump rings as I went along, before the beaded rings were woven shut, and yes, they can!

I made this bracelet without opening a single jump ring!  I bet it was a gazillion times faster than the original pattern instructions, too!  he especially liked the button closure, as it was very easy for him to put on.

I also have to mention that as soon as my 23yo son saw it, he tried it on, and claimed ownership of it.  It is a thrill to make a piece of jewelry for one of my boys!  My daughter claims more than her share, it is nice to make something a man would like.

Juliet Arrighi


Myrna said...

What a wonderful piece this is. Your son will treasure it for sure.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [18 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Vicky said...

this is a great guy bracelet :) I love how this looks with so much texture :)