Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Combined Beadwork and Byzantine Chain Mail Bracelet Tutorial

By on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 7 Comments

One way to be innovative is to combine techniques.  This clever combined beadwork and Byzantine chain mail bracelet tutorial is by Sheryl Yanagi. Yes, you guessed it. Each ring is beaded!  From 15/0 seed beads no less!


It'll take a while to create all those rings. It is the sort of project you can do while watching tv for example.  But once done, they can be linked together in the Byzantine chain mail weave. Instructions for how to make the the beaded toggle clasp are included.  Check out my tutorial for the Byzantine weave which might be clearer for some.

This is a fantastic tutorial because you can vary the colors; not just sticking to one color per ring either.  I would certainly try it in bigger seed bead sizes for a chunkier effect. Maybe try other weaves with beaded rings too!

A great idea for people who are metal allergic and cannot wear traditional metal mail.

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7 comments:

  1. Great idea. I'm not sure I would feel it strong enough but that's just me. However, why not make a few rings of the beads and use them with regular silver chain maille rings to add some color? I think I'll give it a try. Bev

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    1. It should be strong enough especially if say 8 lb Fireline is used. Also the beaded rings are doubled. However, I love your idea with metal rings as that would make the design pop even more. Plus saves time from making so many beaded rings!

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  2. Now that's a lot of rings!! Pretty results though!

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  3. That's really cool, but I can't imagine how much time it would take. :)

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    1. A lot longer than with metal rings for sure! But it is so pretty!

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  4. I love the look of this technique and the ides is genius! I have thought of making seed bead rings and use them as spacers but wasn't sure I'd have enough patience. Looks like it's worth it, though :)

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    1. I won't lie to you. Beaded rings will take up a lot of time compared to using metal spacers or rings!!

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