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Here is a chain maille pendant necklace I made recently using bronze and bright aluminium. It was a special gift to Debbie, my long time best friend and co-instructor at the beading workshops. Debbie is so lucky. Copper looks great on her but she fell for the charms of bronze as I did.

The Japanese style chain maille pendant is easy to do but it took a while to finish it. One tip is to always double the rings which gives pendants a firmer structure.

Need a book recommendation? My absolute favourite chain maille jewelry book is this one by Terry Taylor and Dylon Whyte - Chain Mail Jewelry: Contemporary Designs from Classic Techniques. The book has a number of excellent jewelry projects. One of the authors has just published another chain maille book with an emphasis on bead embellishments - Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry: Timeless Techniques with a Twist (Lark Jewelry Book). I don't have the new book but judging by the preview pages on Amazon, the original book seems a better bet.

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  1. Nice design. I need to try my hand at Japanese patterns, they always look so nice.
    Thanks for the tips.

  2. Debbie is indeed lucky, to have a friend who makes her such lovely gifts!

  3. I just love chainmaille! I think chainmaille is the perfect accompaniment to polymer clay beads. The two set each other off nicely. This is a very lovely design Pearl, thanks for showing us! The book looks like a great one. Maybe it should be the next one I get for my craft library!


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