Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace, . . Viking inspired chain maille pendant with a chunky fluorite stone bead.
Round Maille and Leather Necklace
by Kylie Jones
  • Category: Chain Maille
  • Technique(s): Chain Making
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Viking inspired chain maille pendant with a chunky fluorite stone bead. This chain maille weave, called round maille, forms a hollow chain so you can thread it onto leather or ribbon.

Materials

Stainless steel 18g AWG (1mm) Inner diameter ID 5/32” (4mm)
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Stainless steel 18g AWG (1mm) ID 3/16” (4.8mm)
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Stainless steel 18g AWG (1mm) ID 1/4" (6.4mm)
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Sterling silver 16g AWG (1.2mm) ID 5/16” (7.9mm)
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Sterling silver 20g AWG (0.8mm) ID 1/8” (3.2mm)
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20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
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26 Gauge Round Stainless Steel Craft Wire - 90 ft
H18-F26-90FT
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4mm round black leather
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terling silver end caps to fit 4mm leather
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Silver Filled Oval Lobster Clasp 13mm - Pack of 1
S3-15
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Tools

Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
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Liver of Sulfur 4 oz
SOL-600.04
  • SOL-600.04
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5 Piece Steel Mandrel Set
G7-5
  • G7-5
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Instructions
Step 1
Using the 19g 3/16" rings make a 2-1-2-1-2 chain. To do this place 4 closed rings on an open ring, and close the ring. Divide the 4 rings into 2 sets of 2 and with an open ring go through 1 set of 2 rings, add 2 closed rings and close the ring.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , place 4 closed rings on an open ring
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , separate the rings into pairs
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add another ring to the pair
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add two more rings
Step 2
Form this chain into a ring by taking an open ring and going through the 2 links at both ends of the chain, making sure not to twist the chain and close the ring.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add an open ring
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , form a circle
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , close the loop
Step 3
Place this chain ring on a thin mandrel or chopstick. When the rings go on the mandrel the sets of 2 rings will be lying on top of each other, flip the top ring from each of these 3 sets over so they lie flat against the mandrel, these 3 flipped rings form the 3rd row of the round maille.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , place on a mandrel
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , flip up a ring
Step 4
Each row in this round maille has 3 rings. To add the 4th row take an open ring and go through 2 rings that are next to each other in the 3rd row, go through both rings right at the point where they almost touch and close the ring. Add another ring in the same way going through the next point on the 3rd row where 2 rings meet. Add the 3rd ring by going through the last place where 2 rings meet.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add a ring to the third row of rings
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add a ring to the third row
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add a final ring in the third row
Step 5
Keep adding rows with the 3/16" rings until you have 11 rows in all.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , create 11 rows
Step 6
Using the 19g 5/32" rings add one row to each end of the round maille piece so the piece has a slight taper at each end.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add a row of smaller rings on each end
Step 7
To begin to add the triangular drop of the pendant, take an open 1/4" ring and go into a ring from the 3rd round maille row (counting from the left) and come out of the ring in the 5th round maille row, making sure not to go through the rings from the 4th row, and close the ring. Add another 1/4" ring in the same way, this time going into the ring from the 5th row and out of the ring in the 7th row. Add 2 more rings in the same way to make a row of 4 rings.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add a larger ring
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add a larger ring
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add a second larger ring
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add a total of 4 larger rings
Step 8
With an open 3/16" ring go up through the 2nd ring of the row just added and down through the 3rd, add 2 closed 1/4" rings and close the ring. Arrange the new large rings so they sit the same way as the rings directly above them.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add a smaller ring on larger two rings
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add a smaller ring
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add another row of larger rings
Step 9
With an open 3/16" ring go up through the first ring of the row of 4 large 1/4" rings, and down through the second ring, continue going down through the first of the 2 lower 1/4" rings and close the ring. Repeat this step on the other side to match.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , connect a smaller ring
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add a smaller ring
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , close the smaller ring
Step 10
Using the 20g silver wire place the fluorite bead onto the wire, make a hook in the end and flatten it with your pliers and check that the bead won't fall off. Make a wrapped loop at the top. Paint a small amount of liver of sulfur (LOS) on the wire and at the same time also paint the large 16g sterling silver ring. For this small amount I simply use 1 drop of the LOS gel with a couple of drops of tap water. Once the silver is the color I like I sprinkle on a little baking soda, add water and rinse the pieces. Allow to dry.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , make a pendant
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , blacken a jump ring
Step 11
Place the wrapped loop on an open 3/16" ring and close the ring. With an open 3/16" ring go up through the bottom left hand 1/4" ring and down through the bottom right hand ring add the ring holding the wrapped fluorite bead and close the ring.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add a ring to the pendant
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add another ring
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add the pendant
Step 12
With the darkened silver ring follow the path of the ring in the last step going up through the left bottom 1/4" ring, down through the right bottom 1/4" ring and now go through both the ring holding the wrapped loop and the wrap looped itself, close the ring.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , close the ring
Step 13
Thread your leather through the hollow part of the round maille tube where the mandrel has been. Cut the leather to size and glue the end caps over the leather. Attach a silver 1/8" jump ring to each end and attach the trigger clasp to one end.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , thread the leather
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , add the leather
Step 14
Center the round maille tube on the leather, using the 26g stainless steel wire make a couple of wraps around the leather just under where one end of the chain maille is, now take the wire through each of the 3 end rings, going in then out, one at a time. Continue to wrap the wire around the leather for about 10 wraps with firm tension and keeping the wraps as neat as possible. Do the same with the other end. With your pliers make sure the end of the wire is as flat as possible against the leather. Place a tiny drop of glue on the end of the wire. This glue covers any sharp edges, so it won't catch on anything.
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , wrap the fine wire
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , wrap the fine wire
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , wrap the fine wire around the leather
Kylie Jones's Round Maille and Leather Necklace - , , , leather round maille necklace