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Squares with Flair
Vanessa Walilko

Jim Lawson

Originally published in
Step by Step Wire Jewelry, June-July 2010

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of sterling silver. you can use Japanese weaves to make dense. sculptural chain maille objects. June-July 2010. this is a piece that everyone will notice. 444 • 16-gauge.com.skill level tools & supplies • 18-gauge. Using CRYSTALLIZED™—Swarovski Elements and nearly 3 oz. 10 • 17-gauge. ©Interweave Press. LLC Not to be reprinted. I wanted to create something solid. With the right size rings. squares with flair Japanese weave with crystal squares.com Visit shop. 5⁄32" (4mm) ID sterling silver jump rings (F18). bluebuddhaboutique. and something you will cherish for a lifetime. 1/4" (6. 6 • 20mm crystal volcano CRYSTALLIZED™—Swarovski Elements square rings. Squares with Flair originally published in Step by Step Wire Jewelry.2mm) ID sterling silver jump rings (D17). All rights reserved publishers of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine…join the online community at JewelryMakingDaily. 9/32" (7. 2 pair Resources: Kits and pliers available at Blue Buddha Boutique.4mm) ID sterling silver jump rings (L16).jewelrymakingdaily. 5 • Sterling 3-loop slide clasp • Flat nose pliers.com/jewelryprojects for more great projects! page 2 . 40 • 16-gauge.1mm) ID sterling silver jump rings (N16). For this project. yet dazzling. 1/8" (3. BY VANESSA WALILKO Japanese weaves are characterized by their use of alternating horizontal and vertical jump rings.

A trick to make closing these rings easier is to grip both of the ring within the jaws of a pair of pliers and squeeze them together. Weave a small jump ring through the two rightmost hanging small jump rings. These will hang vertically. LLC Not to be reprinted. 9/32" ID). you’ll be able to close the ring as normal.jewelrymakingdaily. However. Weave another open small ring through the same path. All rights reserved publishers of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine…join the online community at JewelryMakingDaily. it will give you the room to weave the small rings in tight areas of the project. / " 2 Open ID) and pick up four closed small large (16-gauge. plus the two large jump rings on the right side of the crystal square. four small rings. Weave another small jump ring through the same path.com Visit shop. Open a new this group of hanging rings two small jump rings through 6 Close 7 Split 5 Weave small ring and add the four rings into two sets of two as in Step 3. rings.com/jewelryprojects for more great projects! page 3 . and close. you just closed. and two large. June-July 2010. Weave the open small ring through the medium silver ring hanging from the crystal square. 1⁄4" ID). weave the open ring through the middle set of hanging vertical rings and close. • I strongly recommend that you dip your pliers in Tool Magic®. Weave an open small jump ring through the two rightmost hanging rings and the two vertical rings on the right side of the piece. Squares with Flair originally published in Step by Step Wire Jewelry. but unlike bulkier methods of coating your pliers. Add a second small ring through the same path. small jump rings to the large jump rings on the left-hand side of the square. 1 Toattach the following rings: two one small ring (18-gauge. ©Interweave Press. Add a second small ring through the same path. one medium (16-gauge. it can be difficult to close rings that have been opened wide. Before closing. Add another small ring through the same path. the ends of the ring are closer 5 32 together. It will keep you from marring your sterling rings or scratching the crystal squares. Use an open small jump ring to the group of four small hanging 4 3 Split connect the remaining hanging rings into two groups of two. When one side of a crystal square. each of the horizontal rings that you added in the previous steps.wire tips • Open the large and medium jump rings wide in order to avoid scratching the surface of the crystal with the ends of the wire.

jewelrymakingdaily. Work clockwise around the piece until you have connected the rightmost rings with the bottommost rings. and the leftmost with the uppermost rings. Add a second small ring through the same path. a medium jump ring wide. a small jump ring to connect Repeat Steps 5–8 on the new set of 8 Use 9 the leftmost hanging rings with the horizontal rings. through the rightmost rings and the uppermost rings. attach two small jump rings. Double this ring. Open a small ring. Vertical rings mean that the wire of the ring is facing you. with the leftmost set of horizontal jump rings. All rights reserved publishers of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine…join the online community at JewelryMakingDaily. the bottommost with the leftmost.com/jewelryprojects for more great projects! page 4 . June-July 2010. On each set of these vertical jump rings. LLC Not to be reprinted. two vertical rings on the left side of the piece. weave horizontal rings in the very center of the chain maille square. Weave through the middle set of horizontal rings before closing. two large jump rings to 10 Open 11 Use and pick up another crystal connect the right side of the two more large jump rings to 12 Use connect the left side of the square square. Author Name Bio tttktkt ktktktk tktkttktkt ktktkt kt the four sets of vertical 13 Identify rings radiating out from the rings you just added are highlighted in purple. ©Interweave Press.wire tips • Horizontal rings mean that the hole is facing you when looking straight at the piece. square with the rightmost set of horizontal jump rings. and close. You’ll orient them vertically 14 The and connect them with new rings. shown in green. You now have the base of the first chain maille square. Squares with Flair originally published in Step by Step Wire Jewelry.com Visit shop.

unique beadwork and chain maille jewelry.com Squares with Flair originally published in Step by Step Wire Jewelry. since they will be harder to weave once the side rings are in place. sandwiched between five crystal squares. All rights reserved publishers of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine…join the online community at JewelryMakingDaily. You can see her jewelry and other artwork at http:// www. Connect the horizontal rings to the vertical rings closest to the crystal squares first. ©Interweave Press. repeat Steps 1–4. In her spare time. and repeat 15 Take 16 maille square. Her chain maille jewelry has been featured in local and national fashion shows. Use two small jump rings to attach each set of horizontal jump Steps 13–15 on the bottom of the rings to the two nearest sets of these vertical jump rings. 1/8" ID) jump rings to connect the slide clasp to each set of horizontal jump rings. being mindful to line up the slide clasp correctly. her bead embroidered Phoenix Reborn necklace won the Gold Metal Prize in the Freeform Expression – Jewelry category in the 2007 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads contest.com/jewelryprojects for more great projects! page 5 . LLC Not to be reprinted. and 19 Use three tiny (17-gauge.com Visit shop. Vanessa Walilko is a jewelry artist specializing in eclectic. Vanessa likes to write about philosophy and feminism.a moment to identify all of the vertical rings on the outline of the chain Flip the piece over.jewelrymakingdaily.kalibutterfly. the crystal square at one end 18 On of the piece. Repeat Steps 18 and 19 on the opposite end of the bracelet. June-July 2010. Steps 1-16 until you 17 Repeat have four chain maille squares chain maille square.