Chainmaille Jewelry Weaves

 

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the chainmaille weaves out there. There are thousands of them (some not even discovered yet). These are just the ones I have used in making chainmaille jewelry. You can click on the names for a picture of the weave described.

 

European 4-in-1

This is a classic, traditional chainmaille weave that is instantly recognizable. It makes a very slinky fabric-like sheet. I also like to use it to wrap cabochons.

 

Byzantine

Byzantine (BIZ-ann-teen) is in the European family of chainmaille weaves. It creates an ornate rope that looks very exotic.

 

Box Chain

Also in the European family of chainmaille weaves, Box chain starts out like Byzantine but ends up something altogether different. Depending on the size rings you use, this chain can be either a square rope, or a rectangular rope.

 

Bastardized Weave

Look, I don't name 'um, I just weave 'um. Despite its ugly name, this is a pretty variation of the Byzantine pattern that turns it into a sheet weave instead of a rope.

 

Romanov

This is the name usually given to two strips of Byzantine around a wire wrapped bead. It is a beautiful way to incorporate beads into chainmaille jewelry.

 

Olivia

This chainmaille weave is just short strips of Byzantine joined at the top and bottom. It makes a nice wide chain with lots of places to attach beads. 

 

Dragonscale

This is one of those chainmaille weaves that people stare at because it is so fascinating. It's like two layers of Euro 4-in-1, one inside the other, going in opposite directions. It is a very dense weave and is always an eye-catcher.

 

Elfweave

This is a European chainmaille weave. It doesn't hold its shape very well when woven as a single row.

 

Elfsheet

This is multiple rows of Elfweave woven together, which makes the weave very stable and much better suited for jewelry. The resulting sheet is beautiful and very intricate looking.

 

Elven Rope

Elven Rope is a variation of Elfweave. I like the way the rings are held together in a sort of see-saw pattern. It lends itself well to using two types of metal to accentuate this pattern.

 

RSD (Rhino Snorting Drano)

Another icky name for a great chainmaille weave. It's in the European family and makes a great loosely woven rope.

 

Jellybeans on Parade

A whimsical name for a chainmaille weave that is almost identical to RSD but for the addition of one more ring in the connections.

 

Full Persian (Foxtail)

Also frequently called Foxtail, this is an excellent round rope chainmaille weave. It's fun to make and fun to look at.

 

Half Persian 3-in-1

This chainmaille weave kind of cuts Full Persian in half lengthwise, giving it a raised ridge down one side and a dipped valley on the flip side. Wild no?

 

GSG (Great Southern Gathering)

A Persian chainmaille weave variation that makes an airy weave with a slight bias or slant to it.

 

Viperscale

Developed by a chainmaille artist who calls herself Lady Lockeout, Viperscale is a variation of GSG that keeps the lovely airiness of the weave and gives it this cool texture of being thicker down the middle and thinner along the edges. Very eye-catching and fun to weave.

 

Japanese 12-in-2

The Japanese chainmaille weaves are quite simple and elegant. They look like empty honeycombs to me. Japanese 12-in-2 is Japanese 6-in-1 with all the rings doubled. Doubling the rings makes this weave much more substantial and useful for jewelry. While I really like the end result of the Japanese weaves, they are tedious to make.

 

Jens Pind Linkage

I haven't been able to find out where the name for this chainmaille weave came from but it sounds like someone's name. This is a spiral weave where the rings are held just tightly enough that the spin is kept stable, but not so tightly that it is too stiff to flow. I don't quite know what it is about this weave that is so beautiful. It is deceptively simple looking, and as close to perfection as you can get.

 

Parallel Chain

This is also called Helm Chain, and is what is known as a captive weave. A captive chainmaille weave refers to the fact that some of the rings do not actually thread through other rings, but instead are trapped between other rings. Parallel Chain is a simple but charming weave that is the basis for several kinds of circle patterns used to make pendants.

 

Pheasible

Pheasible is one of those chainmaille weaves I call "controlled chaos". It is a knot of rings made in a specific way that looks like a messed up jumble to the untrained eye, but is actually very precisely made.

 

Celtic Star

This is one of the chainmaille weaves that is based on the Parallel chain described earlier. It results in a circular "tile" element that is frequently used as a pendant.

 

Celtic Filigree

This is a pretty and lacey circular "tile" or pendant type of chainmaille weave.

 

Celtic Knot

Celtic knots are composed of sets of two or three rings threaded through each other and then strung through the middle with wire.

 

Flower Elements

Flowers are made by simply joining three or more rings together in a spiral. If you add enough of them you will create what is known as a mobius ball.