Full Persian Chain Maille

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Full Persian or Foxtail is a slinky, dense round chain maille pattern. Because so many rings are interlocked in each step, it is easiest to learn and create using jump rings with at least a 5mm inner diameter.
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Tip 1Use a paperclip or a twist tie to help remember which side of the chain is your working side. It will also give you something to hold onto as you work.
Tip 2Read through our Chain Maille Q&A before you begin.
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Step 1

Use two pairs of chain nose pliers to close four jump rings and open two jump rings. To learn how to open and close the jump rings (See the Opening and Closing a Jump Ring technique.)

Step 2

Slide four closed jump rings on to one open jump ring (shown in red). Close the jump ring.

Step 3

Add a second open jump ring through the same four closed jump rings and divide the jump rings into pairs.

Step 4

Attach a paperclip or twist tie through the two end jump rings to make the chain easier to pick up and hang onto. Push the last two jump rings toward the first two jump rings, forming them into a reverse V so they sit to the outside of the two first jump rings. To better show the weave pattern, the jump rings shown in red in this step will be shown in blue in the illustrations that follow. New jump rings being added are shown in red.

Step 5

Insert an open jump ring through the eye created by the overlapping pairs of jump rings. The jump ring should sit in between the previous two jump rings in the same (vertical) orientation.

Step 6

Add a second jump ring through the same eye, in between the two previous jump rings. Push apart the last two jump rings added so they form a reverse V. In the remaining instructions, these rings will be shown in blue to help demonstrate the weave pattern.

Step 7

Add an open jump ring through the two previous jump ring.

Step 8

Add a second open jump ring in the same position.

Step 9

Insert an open jump ring through the eye created by the overlapping pairs of jump rings. The jump ring should sit in between the previous two jump rings in the same (vertical) orientation.

Step 10

Add a second jump ring through the same eye, in between the two previous jump rings. Push apart the last two jump rings added so they form a reverse V. In the remaining instructions, these rings will be shown in blue to help demonstrate the weave pattern.

Step 11

Repeat steps 8-11 until the chain reaches the desired length.

Step 12

Optional Clasp
To add a clasp to the chain maille, open a jump ring and slide it through the two jump rings on the end of the chain maille. Close the jump ring. The other half of the clasp will attach through this jump ring.

Step 13

At the other end of the chain maille, slide one open jump ring through the two end jump rings. Slide a lobster clasp on the jump ring and close the jump ring.

Step 14

Congratulations, you have mastered Full Persian chain maille!

       

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