DIY -Woven Chain Mesh Bracelet
December 1, 2012 8 Comments
This bracelet feels so good around the wrist! It is easily customized by adding more or less strands of chain, our favorite width is made up of 7 strands.
A materials kit is available Here
Weaving the Chain Mesh
Step 1: Cut the chain into four equal lengths of 6 inches, don’t worry if the chains are off by a few links from cutting.
Step 2: Place the twisted wire needle onto the cord end. Using the needle, feed the cord through the 2nd link of each chain length. Leave a 4 inch tail to be woven in later.
Step 3: Using the needle, feed the cord into the 3rd link of each chain. Make certain the chain strands do not twist when weaving the cord in place. Each row of links should rest in the same direction across the row, alternating with the row above.
Step 4: Continue weaving the cord through the links of each successive row until the desired length is achieved; usually about 5 1/2″ of mesh weave. Do not weave the cord through the final row of links just yet.
Attaching the Clasp
Step 5: Using chainnose pliers, open a jump ring and feed it through the two center chain links. Close the ring tightly so that the ends of the ring are flush.
Step 6: Open a new jump ring and connect it to the jump ring of the previous step and the ring on the clasp. Close the ring securely.
Step 7: Repeat Steps 5 & 6 to attach the clasp on the opposite side of the woven mesh.
Securing the Cord Ends
Step 8: Using the needle, feed the cord through the 1st row of chain links. Secure it in place by feeding it back through both the 2nd and then the 3rd row.
Step 9: Cut the cord flush against the chain mesh. Apply a dab of Hypo-Tube cement glue to the cord end to glue it in place and keep the ends from fraying.