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Learn a Weave

Beaded Japanese 12-1 Chain Maille Bracelet

A great weave for the beginner – the beads add weight to the light bright aluminium jump rings.

Which Rings?

You will need to choose rings that will accommodate a bead plus twelve joining jump rings. We have used bright aluminium rings but these can be easily substituted with anodised aluminium for a bit of colour or other metals such as copper or bronze.

Japanese 12-1 bracelet
For a 18cm bracelet, you will need:

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1.
Open 24 large jump rings (A) and 63 jump rings (B).
Close 72 jump rings (B).
Place one bead and three closed jump rings (B) onto open jump ring (A).

step 1

2.
Place a second large jump ring (A) through the three closed jump rings (B) from step 1. Add one bead and three more closed jump rings (B).

step 2

3.
Place another large jump ring (A) through the three closed jump rings (B) from the previous step. Add one bead and three more closed jump rings (B). Repeat step 3 until the beaded length fits your wrist – allow for the lobster clasp.

Make a second beaded chain following steps 1-3 so that you have two beaded chains the same length.

step 3

4.
Joining the two beaded chains: place one open jump ring (B) through the first two large rings of your beaded chain and close. Repeat with two more open jump rings (B).

Place one open jump ring (B) through the first bottom jump ring (A) and the second top jump ring (A). Repeat with two more open jump rings (B).

step 4

5.
Place one open jump ring (B) through the second top jump ring (A) and the second bottom jump ring (A). Repeat with two more open jump rings (B).

Place one open jump ring (B) through the second bottom jump ring (A) and the third top jump ring (A). Repeat with two more open jump rings (B).

step 5

6.
Continue joining the two beaded chains in this manner. The joining rings make a ‘zigzag’ of three jump rings (B) down the centre of the bracelet.

step 6

7.
Add two jump rings (C) to each of the last jump rings (A) at one end of your bracelet. Link one open jump ring (C) to two jump rings (C), add one lobster clasp and close. Add the second lobster clasp to the other two jump rings (C).

step 7