Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant, Chain Maille Jewelry. Making Chain, Chain Making . This pendant can be made with the Swarovski crystal pendant bead or left plain without it.
Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant
by Kylie Jones
  • Category: Chain Maille
  • Technique(s): Chain Making
  • Skill Level: Beginner
This pendant can be made with the Swarovski crystal pendant bead or left plain without it. It looks great with a fine silver chain or even a bolo leather necklace. The liver of sulfur patina highlights the intricate patterns in byzantine chain maille.

Materials

18g AWG (1mm) Inner Diameter (ID) 1/8” (3.2mm),
  • Lesson Quantity: 70.00 pieces
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18g AWG (1mm) ID 11/64” (4.5mm)
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
20g AWG (0.8mm) ID 3/16” (5mm),
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Sterling Silver Bail Filigree 9x14mm - Pack of 1
K13-13
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  • Price: $5.10
  • Gold Club Price: $3.83
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Aquiline Swarovski crystal 18mm top drilled hole in light amethyst
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
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  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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4.5 Inch Flat Nose Mini Pliers
G2-88
  • G2-88
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  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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Liver of Sulfur 4 oz
SOL-600.04
  • SOL-600.04
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Instructions
Step 1
This is a very tight weave, and this tightness is what gives the pendant the shape but there isn't a lot of space to get your pliers in to grip the rings to close them. You can use chain nose pliers if you find the flat nose pliers too bulky.

Close the large 11/64" ring and using the 1/8" rings, add 2 rings to it. Add 2 more rings to the first 2 rings to make a 3 link chain with a 1-2-2 pattern.
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Step 2
Fold back the 2 rings from the 3rd link, one on each side so they sit next to the large ring in the 1st link. Take an open ring and part the 2 rings from the 2nd link and go through the 2 folded back rings and close the ring. Add another ring in the same spot. At times getting the second ring through the space will be difficult, opening the ring a little more makes it fit through the small space a lot easier, also making sure the first ring is pushed right over against the other side will make the space as big as possible.
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Step 3
Add 2 rings to the last 2 rings. Add another 2 rings to make 3 links with 2 rings in each link.
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Step 4
Fold back the 2 rings from the 3rd link, one on each side so they sit alongside the rings in the 1st link. Take an open ring and part the 2 rings from the 2nd link and go through the 2 folded back rings and close the ring. Add another ring in the same spot.
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Step 5
Keep repeating steps 3 and 4 until you have used all of the small rings. There should be a 3 link chain remaining at the end of the byzantine chain. Fold back the rings from the 3rd link and now you can see 6 full byzantine weave sections, each has a double ring link in the middle. Find the middle link in the long chain, this is in between the 3rd and 4th full byzantine patterns. Bend the chain at the middle link into an upside down V. Bend the chain again at the pivot link between the 2nd and 3rd byzantine patterns and also the 4th and 5th patterns and bring the ends of the chain together.
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Step 6
Make sure the rings from the 3rd link are still folded back, open the large ring at the beginning of the byzantine strip and keeping it attached to the beginning of the strip, part the 2 rings from the second link and go through the 2 folded back rings and close the large ring.
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Step 7
Add some Liver of Sulfur (LOS) gel to warm water and dip you pendant into the water. Dip and rinse until you have a darker silver. Once it is dry buff the dark patina off around the outside of the chain maille, leaving the inner parts darker and the outer areas bright and shiny. The bail I bought was already oxidized, if your bail is bright silver add it to the LOS.
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Step 8
Attach the bail to the top of the large ring.
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Step 9
Open the 20g 3/16" ring and go through the Swarovski crystal and through the bottom of the large ring and close the ring.
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant
Kylie Jones's Byzantine Chain Maille Pendant - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , byzantine chain maille pendant