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Box Chainmail Pattern

Supplies

18 gauge 4.5mm ID (inside diameter) unsoldered jump rings

two pair chain nose pliers

one twist tie

Instructions

Before you begin the weave, use the two pairs of chain nose pliers to open most of the jump rings.

1. Make a 2-2-2 starter chain. (To make the chain easier to handle, you can thread a twist tie through one pair of the end jump rings. Twist it to secure it.)

2. Grasp the starter chain by holding the first pair of jump rings (the ones with the twist tie in them) between your thumb and forefinger. Fold down each jump ring of the third pair (amber color) of jump rings on each side of the second pair (brown color) of jump rings.

3. Spread open the second pair (brown) of jump rings.

4. Let the third pair (amber) of jump rings fall all the way down the sides of the second pair (brown) of jump rings. Now, pinch this pair (amber) of jump rings between you thumb and index finger. This pushes the second pair (amber) of jump rings upward somewhat to create an opening to add another pair of jump rings.

5. Pickup an open jump ring. Slide it into the opening just created, catching the two exposed closed jump rings.

Close the jump ring. Repeat with a second jump ring. You have now finished one complete box-chain weave. This last pair of jump rings is now jump ring pair #1 (brown).

6. To continue the chain, as done in Step 5 add a second pair of jump rings to the #1 jump ring pair. This last pair of jump rings is now jump ring pair #2 (amber).

Note: Remember from above that 4 is the magic number for the box chain weave. These are the magical four jump rings. To lengthen a chain simply add two pairs of jump rings and continue as instructed below.

7. The moves are the same from the above steps. Let the #2 pair of jump rings (amber) fall all the way down the sides of the #1 pair of jump rings (brown).

8.Spread open the #1 jump ring pair (brown).

9. Pinch the #2 jump ring pair (amber) between you thumb and index finger. This pushes them upward somewhat to create an opening to add another pair of #1 jump rings.

10. Add another pair of #1 jump rings (brown). To end the chain stop after adding a #1 pair of jump rings. Now you could add a clasp or a bead unit using a simple wire loop or a wrapped wire loop.