Favorite Project of the Week: Celtic Spike Chain Maille Pendant

With the holidays quickly closing in, I’m on the lookout for quick projects to make and give. However, I don’t want to compromise on any gift’s coolness factor. I want projects that aren’t only quick, but quality pieces the recipient will actually wear. I think I’ve found a perfect example in this week’s Favorite Project of the Week.

Rebecca Mojica’s Celtic Spikes Pendant which originally appeared in the April/May 2012 issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine is a stylish chain maille design that is as relevant today as it was when it published more than 5 years ago. It’s just one of the many variations you can make with the basic Celtic Spikes weave. In this 5-pointed star you’ll use a slightly larger ring size for the large rings, and even tinier rings at the tips. I love how easy it is to customize by choosing rings in someone’s favorite color. The star design also reminds me of Christmas stars and twinkle lights.

This project has a 3 out of 4 difficulty rating on Step by Step Wire Jewelry’s scale, which means it can be a bit challenging. I found the step-by-step photos to be a huge help in making a successful finished pendant. For clarity, in the instructions, the rings are shown in different colors depending on the size. So, it’s always easy to tell what size ring is being added.

Truth be told, I’m so enamored with this project, I don’t want to give it away! But, if you’re looking for a fantastic last-minute gift idea, aren’t intimidated by chain maille, and can bring yourself to gift it, download a copy of the Celtic Spikes Pendant today and grab some jump rings. Here are the sizes and tools you’ll need:


  • Size O18: 18-gauge 19/64″ (7.5 mm) aluminum jump rings
  • Size H18: 18-gauge 3/16″ (4.8 mm) aluminum jump rings
  • Size F19: 19-gauge 5/32″ (4.0 mm) Color #1 (lavender) enameled copper jump rings
  • Size F19: 19-gauge 5/32″ (4.0 mm), Color #2 (dark blue) enameled copper jump rings
  • Size D18: 18-gauge 1/8″ (3.2 mm) aluminum jump rings
  • Size B20: 20-gauge 3/32″ (2.4 mm) aluminum jump rings
  • Pendant bail
  • 2 flat-nose pliers and 2 chain-nose pliers

-Kerry Bogert
Editorial Director, Books

Weave a gorgeous chain maille pendant today!


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