Topics: Jumprings, Chainmaille

Q.
I have tried to make the chainmaille bead cap that is pictured on a page 178 in the March 2010 flyer and can't get it to lay flat while working to connect it together. Is there is a secret to doing this.
- Thanks, Susan
A.
I have tried to make the chain mail bead cap that is pictured on a page 178 in the March 2010 flyer and can't get it to lay flat while working to connect it together. Is there is a secret to doing this. A third hand would be a great tool to help you with the curve created as the jumprings are brought together. Position the clips on the third hand so they hold jumprings just far enough apart that you can work a new jumpring into the weave. This will also help keep the rings in their proper position--which is important as the design evolves.

The magnifier that is also part of the third hand would be helpful when making sure the seams of each jumpring are closed securely.

- Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator

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