Box Chain Chainmail Pattern |
Jewelry Making Instructions


Use a box chain chainmail pattern to make beaded jewelry. Illustrated step by step jewelry making instructions!

The magic number for the box chain weave is four - as in two pairs of jump rings.

You will begin the weave with a 2-2-2 starter chain. Once you have completed one weave you will end with a pair of dangling jump rings.

To these you will add another pair of jump rings. You end up with a 2-2 chain sequence to make another box-chain weave.

Box Chain WeaveBox Chain Weave

These instructions teach you how to make a box chain weave. A link to a jewelry design idea to make a jewelry set appears at the end of these instructions.

General Jewelry Making Supplies

  • 18 gauge 4.5mm ID (inside diameter) unsoldered jump rings (two colors used)
  • two pair chain nose pliers
  • one twist tie

Box Chain Chain Maille Pattern Jewelry Making Instructions

Before you begin the weave, use the two pairs of chain nose pliers to open most of the jump rings (How to Open and Close Jump Rings).

1. Make a 2-2-2 starter chain. (To make the chain easier to handle, you can thread a twist tie through one pair of the end jump rings. Twist it to secure it.)

Box Chain Chainmail Pattern Instructions: Step 1 - Make a 2-2-2 starter chain.


2. Grasp the starter chain by holding the first pair of jump rings between your thumb and forefinger.

Fold down each jump ring of the third pair (amber color) of jump rings on each side of the second pair (brown color) of jump rings.

Box Chain Chainmail Pattern Instructions: Step 2 - Fold down third pair of jump rings.


3. Spread open the second pair (brown) of jump rings.

Box Chain Chainmail Pattern Instructions: Step 3 - Spread open the second pair (brown) of jump rings.


4. Let the third pair (amber) of jump rings fall all the way down the sides of the second pair (brown) of jump rings. Now, pinch this pair (amber) of jump rings between you thumb and index finger. This pushes the second pair (amber) of jump rings upward somewhat to create an opening to add another pair of jump rings.

Box Chain Chainmail Pattern Instructions: Step 4 - Let the third 
pair (amber) of jump rings fall all the way down the sides of the second pair (brown) of jump rings.



Box Chain Chainmail Pattern Continued

5. Pickup an open jump ring. Slide it into the opening just created, catching the two exposed closed jump rings.

Box Chain Chainmail Pattern Instructions: Step 5 - Pickup an open jump ring. Catch the two exposed closed jump rings.

Close the jump ring.

Repeat with a second jump ring.

You have now finished one complete box-chain weave.

This last pair of jump rings is now jump ring pair #1 (brown).

Box Chain Chainmail Pattern Instructions: Step 5 - Pickup an open jump ring. Catch the two exposed closed jump rings.


6. To continue the chain, as done in Step 5 add a second pair of jump rings to the #1 jump ring pair.

This last pair of jump rings is now jump ring pair #2 (amber).

Note: Remember from above that 4 is the magic number for the box chain weave. These are the magical four jump rings. To lengthen a chain simply add two pairs of jump rings and continue as instructed below.

Box Chain Chainmail Pattern Instructions: Step 6 - Add a second pair of jump rings to the #1 jump ring pair added in Step 5


7. The moves are the same from the above steps.

Let the #2 pair of jump rings (amber) fall all the way down the sides of the #1 pair of jump rings (brown).

Box Chain Chainmail Pattern Instructions: 
Step 7 - Let the #2 pair of jump rings (amber) fall all the way down the sides of the #1 pair of jump rings (brown).


Box Chain Chainmail Pattern Continued

8.Spread open the #1 jump ring pair (brown).

Box Chain Chainmail Pattern Instructions: Step 8 - Spread open the #1 jump ring pair (brown).


9. Pinch the #2 jump ring pair (amber) between you thumb and index finger. This pushes them upward somewhat to create an opening to add another pair of #1 jump rings.

Box Chain Chainmail Pattern Instructions: Step 9 - Pinch the #2 jump ring pair (amber) between you thumb and index finger.
Let the third pair of jump rings fall all the way down the sides of the second pair of jump rings.


10. Add another pair of #1 jump rings (brown).

To end the chain, stop after adding a #1 pair of jump rings that dangle on their own.

Add a single jump ring to this last pair of jump rings and attach a clasp to it.

Box Chain Chainmail Pattern Instructions: Step 10 - Add another pair of #1 jump rings (brown).



Now you can make beaded chainmail jewelry. Here's a great box chain chainmaille jewelry design idea.

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