Chainmail Jewelry by Ace

My girlfriend has recently started making chainmail jewelry. I thought some of her work was very impressive, so I decided to share it with everyone. It’s amazing what she can make out of jump rings!

Ace is making a heart out of copper jump rings today. To begin, she sorts the rings into piles, each representing a row in the mail. At the same time, she opens each ring with pliers.2-Work Station

Once she has a few rows prepared, she links them together to form a pattern.

6-Delicate Work

As she gets further along, the number of piles of jump rings increases. Each pile still represents a row on the heart. On an interesting note, “jump” rings really do jump. They are put under tension to open and close them, and if the pliers slip they go flying. On a related note, they are nearly impossible to find on carpeted flooring.

3-Sorted Rings

About an hour later, she’s getting close to being done. One of the lobes of the heart is finished, and the other still needs to be attached.

4-Almost Done

Another half hour and she’s finished. Here’s the result of this project!


At the top of this page, you can see some more of her work. Using a similar pattern to this heart, she can make butterflies as well!

We are considering setting up an Etsy Store to sell these online. Has anyone done this, and if so, do you have any tips to share?

~The Homesteading Hippy

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