It can be time consuming to complete chainmaille designs but the results are always worth it. Originally used to make body armour, probably as early as 3rd century BC, the technique of linking rings together is now frequently used to create stunning pieces of jewellery.
Although there are over 1000 different types of weave most are variations built onto from some basic weaves. Not many tools are required for the weaves if you are purchasing rings ready made but an awful lot of rings are needed. When I first started to create chainmaille pieces I used larger rings just so I could see what I was doing to start the weave. Indeed starting the weave is generally the hardest part, thereafter it is a fairly repetitive process. However, some weaves only work well with smaller rings.
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Full Persian – one of my favourites, this weave has a round, chunky feel to it.
Turkish Round – again a weave with a chunky feel to it.
Byzantine – a chunky design.
Jens Lind Pinkage – a more delicate design.
Celtic Visions – sits quite flat.
European 4-in-1 – a flat weave