Steel Empire Chain Maille Bracelet Tutorial

Written by
Rita Hutchinson
Published on
January 1, 2022 1:01:00 AM PST January 1, 2022 1:01:00 AM PSTst, January 1, 2022 1:01:00 AM PST

Created by: Rita Hutchinson


Designer Tips

  • This is a variation of the standard Byzantine weave, called Byzantine with 3 connectors. I wanted to use all stainless steel for this bracelet, but the aspect ratio (wire diameter vs inside diameter) of the 6mm stainless steel jump rings would have created a loose weave if I had followed the normal Byzantine weave pattern. By adding the 3rd connector, the weave becomes tighter and sturdier.
  • Weave Got Mail Byzantine kits, or some Chain Mail books, provide step-by-step instructions for the Byzantine weave.
  • These stainless rings come closed. You will have to open a number of them, but won't have to do any additional work to have closed rings.
  • Use 6mm jump rings for the Byzantine weave, and use one 5mm jump ring to attach the bracelet to the clasp.
    Free Technique Sheets & How-Tos

    Suggested Supplies


    • 1 pkg of 100 [use 1] #37-001-520 Stainless Steel Jump Ring, Stainless Steel, Round, 5mm
    • 2 pkgs of 100 [use 199] #37-001-618 Stainless Steel Jump Ring, Stainless Steel, Round, 6mm
    • 1 dozen [use 1] #39-940-12 Stainless Steel Lobster Clasp, 12mm

    Tools

    • 66-214 Bead Mat, 9x12"
    • #66-044 EURO TOOL 5x Magnifying Lamp (Optional)
    • #69-275-09 Wubbers Bent Chain-Nose Jewelry Making Pliers
    • #69-275-03 Wubbers Chain-Nose Jewelry Making Pliers