Japanese 12-in-2 Chain Maille

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This round emblem design forms a beautiful flower-like shape as it comes together. Two sizes of jump rings are used to make this chain maille. The small jump rings need to be large enough to easily hold two of the large jump rings. The large jump rings need to be able to hold 12 of the small 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 22 small jump rings, open 12 small jump rings and 12 large jump rings. Open all jump rings so the right side of the jump ring is toward your body.

Step 2

Slide eight small closed jump rings onto a large open jump ring. Close the large jump ring.

Step 3

Add a second open large jump ring through all eight small closed jump rings. Close the large jump ring.

Step 4

Slide one of the four small open jump rings around both of the large jump rings. Close the small jump ring.

Step 5

Repeat step 4 with three remaining small open jump rings. There will be 12 closed jump rings attached by the two large jump rings.

Step 6

Slide another large open jump ring through two of the jump rings attached to the first large jump ring. Slide on four closed small jump rings and close the large jump ring.

Step 7

Slide a second large open jump ring through the same small jump rings as the previous large jump ring. Flip the four small jump rings into two pairs, placing a pair of jump rings on each side of the large jump rings.

Step 8

Slide a large open jump ring through one pair of small jump rings attached through the pair of large jump rings added in step 7. Pass through the next two small, closed jump rings attached to the large center jump rings. Before closing the large jump ring, add two more small closed jump rings. Close the large jump ring.

Step 9

Slide a second large open jump ring through the same small jump rings as the previous large jump ring.

Step 10

Repeat steps 8 and 9 three times.

Step 11

Slide a large open jump ring through the six small jump rings that are only attached to one other pair of large jump rings.

Step 12

Slide a second large open jump ring through the same small jump rings as the previous large jump ring.

Step 13

Repeat steps 1-12 to create additional circular links.

Step 14

Open four small jump rings. Set two circular links side by side, lining up two pairs of large jump rings on each link. Slide one small open jump ring through two pairs of adjacent large jump rings. Close the jump ring.

Step 15

Repeat three more times. Each motif attaches to the next by two small jump rings attached to two large jump rings along the side.

Step 16

Attach additional circular links in the same manner until the bracelet reaches the desired length.

Step 17

Optional Clasp
Open four small jump rings. Attach two of the small jump rings through each of the two attachment rings on a tube bar clasp.

Step 18

Repeat step 17 on the other end of the chain maille.

Step 19

Congratulations, you have mastered Japanese 12-in-2 chain maille!

         

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