Presented by Sue Ripsch, Author and Chainmaille Artist,
Instructions by Andrew, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
Expert chainmaille artist Sue Ripsch explains how to start a Turkish roundmaille weave with jumprings to create intricate chain mail jewelry. Handy 3D zoom feature makes sure you can see exactly where each jumpring goes.
Close a smooth jumpring, place it on a wire or wire tie and twist the ends shut. This will provide a grip while the design is very short. This will be a row of one jumpring.
Pass a small smooth jumpring through the first jumpring and close. Repeat to pass a second small smooth jumpring through the first jumpring, creating a row of two jumprings side-by-side.
Pass one small smooth jumpring through both jumprings in row two and close.
Pass one small smooth jumpring through one of the two jumprings in row two and close. Repeat to attach a smooth jumpring to the other jumpring in row two. This will create the first row of three jumprings.
Position the three jumprings in row three side-by-side forming a triangle. Pass one small smooth jumpring through one corner (one edge of two jumprings) and close. Repeat to attach a jumpring to the other two corners of the triangle.
Note: Once this row is complete, the triangle form should stay in place.
Repeat Step 3 using twisted jumprings, below the previous smooth rings.
Flip the twisted jumprings down along the edges of the previous row, revealing a triangle of twisted jumprings inside.
Pass one smooth jumpring through the corner of two twisted jumprings, inside the previous smooth jumprings, and close. Repeat to attach one smooth jumpring to each corner of two twisted jumprings.
Repeat Steps 3 - 5 until the desired length of Turkish roundmaille chain is created.
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