Easy Jump Ring Chain Bracelet Tutorial

September 6, 2013Allison Murray
Easy Jump Ring Chain Bracelet Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Today we’re going to be making this super easy jump ring chain bracelet. This is a great beginner project that requires very little in tools or supplies.

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A lot of the jewelry I make has to fit into one of 3 different categories:

  • My stash is overflowing. I’m running out of space. I need to do something with this stuff!
  • Oh, goodness do I need that bracelet. What? It’s how much? Screw that.
  • If I do this this way, it will be super easy, because I want to make something and I don’t want to struggle with it because I just don’t have the patience today…

This project full under the it was super easy category.  In fact, I made this in the morning about an hour before leaving for a business meeting. I had intended only to get it started and some tutorial pics taken, but it just came together that quickly! And, in the end I decided to change it up from how it appeared in my head a weensy bit and I feel like this was a totally successful project!

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Unfortunately this bracelet is currently under the seat of my car because I keep forgetting to dig it out. You see, a giant, leaf-like, grasshopper type of freaky as all get out bug that was AT LEAST 3 inches long and another inch tall jumped onto my steering wheel while I was doing 70 down the highway. In traffic. In the melee (read waving my arms around my face to keep it from getting on my face – not that it did)I lost this bracelet under the seat of my car.

And after opening up  all four doors of my vehicle at a truck stop and trying to usher freaky creature out with a tiny notepad I decided when I succeeded that rather than digging the bracelet out I should just leave. Because people. were. staring. Who knows what kind of authorities were called… “yeah – there’s this insane lady yelling at her car with all of the doors open pulled all weird in the parking lot waving a little 2-3 inch notebook around. I think she’s crying.”

Easy Jump Ring Chain Bracelet Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

To make your own jump ring chain you will need:

Easy Jump Ring Chain Bracelet Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Grab your supplies, including a whole mess of jump rings. Start opening up small pile so that you can easily grab and go. I just opened up a about 10 and opened up a few more and a few more until I finished the bracelet up.

Easy Jump Ring Chain Bracelet Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Run a jump ring through one end of your clasp and get ready to start making your chain.

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While your jump ring is still open, slide 3 closed jump rings on and then close the ring back up.

Easy Jump Ring Chain Bracelet Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Continue building your chain. Run an open jump ring through your previous three, add three unopened rings on and close back up.

Easy Jump Ring Chain Bracelet Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

And this is how the chain is turning out as I’m working on it. I was amazed at how quickly it was coming together.

Easy Jump Ring Chain Bracelet Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Try out the chain every once in a while and see if it is a good length for a necklace, or bracelet or whatever you’re making.

When you reach that point, add one final jump ring and attach to the other end of your closure (or to act as the other end if using a lobster clasp, for example).

Easy Jump Ring Chain Bracelet Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

And there she is, all finished up (the first time)! I was a bit surprised at how it didn’t hold shape as well as I thought it would.

Easy Jump Ring Chain Bracelet Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

So I tried it on and decided that it was lacking something.

Easy Jump Ring Chain Bracelet Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

So I went in and added two more jump rings onto the singles.

Easy Jump Ring Chain Bracelet Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

And it really bulked it up and looked more like I had hoped in my head.

Easy Jump Ring Chain Bracelet Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

I paired it with my floating peacock bracelet I made last week, and rocked them out!

In conclusion this bracelet is beyond easy to make and it’s pretty inexpensive, too. I purchased a bag of 120 jump rings for 50% off of $4.99 at Hobby Lobby and I still have a little under half of the bag left which is a pretty good price if you ask me.

Will you be connecting up some jump rings?

 

 

Comments (5)

  • Rose

    September 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    LMAO! I am totally the same way with the super freaky monster bugs…..glad I’m not the only insane person waving something in the air and crying only I’m yelling “get outta my car!”

    Love the bracelet too. I’ve been doing chainmaille for a while now and sometimes the simplest things can look so pretty.

    1. Allison

      September 15, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Thanks on both accounts, Rose. I felt like such a weirdo but I knew there had to be others just as scared as bugs. Glad to meet you :)

      This is my first chainmaille project and I LOVE it. Will definitely be doing more!

  • Barbara

    September 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    thanks for a great new way to use jump rings, I love working on chain maille pieces, and I have tons of jump rings, in gold , silver and several colors . So I plain to make some in different colors.

    1. Allison

      September 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      That sounds great! I’ve ordered a bunch of black and neon yellow jump rings to play with. I’ll be all over it as soon as they’re in my mailbox :) Have fun making your new jewelry!

  • Martha

    February 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    SO funny! Last time that happened to me, it was a bee. I moved, didn’t flap my hands at it. The really intriguing part is that last night, I made one of these bracelets, with the 3 rings in 3 rings. I already had one that was 2 rings in 2 rings, and loved it. I had gotten some very pretty copper wire — love copper! — at Home Depot, and went through the first spool fast. Now I have 8 spools, and have gone crazy with the jump rings. I don’t plan (do we ever?) to do chain mail(le) with any great regularity or purpose, I just needed something to fit between clay days, paper and paint days, and wire wrapping/beading days. I had some jump rings sitting in a pile, started to pick them up and they hung in a very pretty chain all linked together. That was all it took to start putting them together intentionally.

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