Combine Foxtail Chain Maille with Handmade Ceramic Beads in a Free Chain Maille Project!
Learning how to create new chain maille weaves is something that I've really enjoyed doing since I first started learning how to make chain maille jewelry a few years ago! My latest project is this wonderful foxtail chain necklace by Sara (Graham) Richardson that uses handmade ceramic beads. I decided to use some of the rough-cut chunky gemstone nuggets that I've had in my collection of gemstone beads, and it was so much fun, I'm going to make the next one with some druzy agates that need a little love! Check out this free chain maille project and learn how to make a foxtail chain this week!
Lately, I have had a lot of fun with lightweight anodized aluminum jump rings in my chain maille designs. I also had some Happy Beads tucked away in a container. I found jump rings that matched the beads, made foxtail chains, linked all the beads together with simple loops, and combined them. Make the chains match your beads, or play around with different color combinations.
- 20-gauge silver craft wire, 1"
- 18-gauge 8mm OD anodized aluminum jump rings in one or more colors, approximately 437
- Ceramic 20mm Happy Beads, 6
- Hook or toggle clasp of your choice
- Round nose pliers
- Flush cutters
- 16-gauge mandrel or thin knitting needle
- Small paperclip or scrap wire (optional, but useful)
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