Dragonscale Chain Maille

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This dense weave is incredibly flexible and lavish chain maille that is a distant cousin to European 4-in-1. Two jump ring sizes are used to create this weave, the small jump rings must be able to fit inside of the large jump rings.
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Tip 1Read through our Chain Maille Q&A before you begin.
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Step 1

Use two pairs of chain nose pliers to close seven large jump rings and open all remaining large and small jump rings. Open all jump rings so the right side of the jump ring is toward your body.

Step 2

Connect four closed large jump rings with open small jump rings until seven total jump rings are connected into a 1-in-1 chain seven jump rings long, alternating large and small jump rings.

Step 3

Position a large closed jump ring over the first small closed jump ring and first two closed large jump rings. This jump ring is not attached to anything yet, so do not pick up the chain.

Step 4

Slide a large open jump ring through the small jump ring in the center of the large jump ring added in step 3. Close the large jump ring.

Step 5

Position a large closed jump ring over the second small jump ring in the first row. This jump ring is not attached yet so do not pick up the chain.

Step 6

Slide a large open jump ring through the first and second small jump rings of the first row.

Step 7

Position a large closed jump ring over the last small jump ring in the first row. This jump ring is not attached yet so do not pick up the chain.

Step 8

Slide a large open jump ring through the center and last small jumps in the first row. Close the large jump ring.

Step 9

Slide a large open jump ring through the last small jump ring in the first row. Close the large jump ring. This completes three rows, alternating four large jump rings, three large jump rings and four large jump rings.

Step 10

Slide a small open jump ring through the first two large jump rings of the previous three-jump-ring layer. This jump ring will sit centered in the second jump ring of the top layer. Close the small jump ring.

Step 11

Slide a small open jump ring through the second and third large jump rings of the previous three-jump-ring layer. This jump ring will sit centered in the second large jump ring of the top layer. Close the small jump ring.

Step 12

Slide a small open jump ring through the first large ring of the previous three-jump-ring layer. Repeat on the other end of the row, adding a small open jump ring through the last large jump ring of the previous layer. Close the small jump ring.

Step 13

Attach the first and second large jump rings in the top layer with a small jump ring. Close the small jump ring.

Step 14

Repeat step 13, attaching the second and third large jump rings with a small jump ring and the third and fourth large jump rings with a third small jump ring.

Step 15

Slide a large open jump ring through the first and second small jump rings attached to the previous three-jump-ring layer. Close the jump ring, which will encircle the first jump ring attached to the previous four-jump-ring layer.

Step 16

Slide a large open jump ring through the second and third small jump rings attached to the previous three-jump-ring layer. Close the jump ring, which will encircle the second jump ring attached to the previous four-jump ring layer.

Step 17

Slide a large open jump ring through the second and third small jump rings attached to the previous three-jump-ring layer. Close the jump ring, which will encircle the second jump ring attached to the previous four-jump-ring layer.

Step 18

Slide a large open jump ring through the first small jump ring attached to the previous four-jump-ring layer. Close the jump ring.

Step 19

Slide a large open jump ring through the second and third small jump rings attached to the previous four-jump-ring layer. Close the jump ring.

Step 20

Slide a large open jump ring through the third and fourth small jump rings attached to the previous four-jump- ring layer. Close the jump ring.

Step 21

Slide a large open jump ring through the third and fourth small jump rings attached to the previous four-jump- ring layer. Close the jump ring.

Step 22

Repeat steps 10-21 until the chain maille reaches the desired length.

Step 23

Repeat steps 13-17 so that the chain ends on a three-ring row.

Step 24

Slide a small open jump ring through the two large jump rings on the right side of the top layer. Close the jump ring.

Step 25

Slide a small open jump ring through the two large jump rings on the left side of the top layer. Close the jump ring.

Step 26

Slide a large open jump ring through the first and second small jump rings of the three-jump-ring layer. Close the large jump ring.

Step 27

Slide a large open jump ring through the second and third small jump rings of the three-jump-ring layer. Close the large jump ring.

Step 28

Optional Clasp
Slide a large open jump ring through the two small rings added in step 25. Close the large jump ring. The other half of the clasp will attch to this ring.

Step 29

On the starting end of the chain maille, remove the four large jump rings from the first row so the end row is a three-jump-ring row.

Step 30

Flip the chain over so the underside is facing up. Repeat steps 25-27.

Step 31

Slide a large open jump ring through the two small jump rings added while repeating step 25 and through the attachment ring of a lobster claw clasp. Close the large jump ring.

Step 32

Congratulations, you have mastered Dragonscale Chain Maille.

       

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