Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

tuesdaytipsandtricks-520x210A good beginning can make all the difference with a new project, so today I’m sharing tips to get your chain maille of to the right start!

Figure out how many jump rings you need to have open and how many need to be closed before you start your project. For example, the Byzantine chain I’m starting today needs 4 closed rings and rest of my rings need to be open. My finished necklace will use approximately 350 jump rings, so I have a lot to open! By pre-opening your rings you can get in a good flow with your pattern, simply adding and closing rings from your pile of open rings.

Once you’ve connected your first rings, add a twist tie or a scrap of wire to the starting end of your project. This creates a handle and makes your short little piece of chain easier to hold! The handle also lets you know which end of your chain to start from when you pick your work up after a break.

Chain maille - tips for startingCheck back next week for tips on embellishing your chain maille designs!

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen

Gretchen

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