Summer is here and I always enjoy creating new anklets to wear with my sandals. I've been meaning to dive into Chain Maille ever since I added the Artistic Wire Chain Maille Rings to my website.
So what better way to experiment with the rings than to use them for the basis of my new anklet?
I began by assembling my items. I chose the Non-Tarnish Silver 20 Gauge 3/16" rings. I decided to do a simple modified Italian link and embellish them with some Miyuki 3.4mm Drop or Fringe Beads.
I really like these inside color drops. You can see the vivid orange through the peridot colored glass. They just seem so bright and summery! :)
I chose this heart and key toggle clasp - I think it adds to the overall theme of the anklet.
The Italian link is a simple chain maille pattern - it starts out with two interlocking sets of rings and you keep adding more sets until you get the desired length.
I tried using two pairs of pliers - but found I was more comfortable with my trusty jump ring tool. You simply slip it on your finger and you have a handy tool to grip one side of the jump ring while you use your other hand with the pliers to open and close the rings. When I tried with two pairs of pliers, I kept dropping the rings! I guess I am way too clumsy to be a surgeon!
Once you have the desired length you add the descending rings with the added drop bead.
Here is the finished anklet. This was a quick and easy way to jump into chain maille (pun intended)! I can't wait to move on to more intricate projects!