Favorite Project of the Week: Caged Jewelry Chain Maille Bracelet

I’ve always loved the look of birdcages. Oh, I don’t have a pet bird. But I like the variety of designs and structures and colors and materials that you can find in birdcages. They make lovely decorative accents for any house or garden. And those same decorative elements can lend themselves beautifully to some amazing jewelry designs.

Chain Maille bracelet with caged beads

Photo: Jim Lawson

Deanna Kitrell’s Caged Jewelry Chain Maille Bracelet, from the February/March 2013 issue of Step By Step Wire Jewelry, uses aluminum jump rings and Czech glass beads to give you the feel of a cage — in an “uncaged” design.

  • Although it looks like a complex design, it’s a great project for chain maille artists of any skill level.
  • You can use different bead colors and styles to give it your own design spin.
  • It’s a very sturdy bracelet design, so you can wear it anywhere. It’ll take a beating.
  • You don’t need a ton of tools and supplies to make this one. You may even already have everything on hand. Convenient!

So give it a try and fly free, little birdies!

Project Details
Required Materials and Tools:

  • 16-gauge 9mm ID aluminum jump rings
  • 18-gauge 4.5mm ID aluminum jump rings
  • 6mmx9mm Czech glass rondelles
  • 0.014 beading wire
  • 2x2mm sterling silver crimp tubes
  • Toggle clasp
  • Bent-nose or flat-nose pliers
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters


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