Colin
Instructor: Colin Mahler
Technique(s): Chainmail
Level: Intermediate
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Crystal Elf Weave Bracelet

Join Colin and add a little “bling” to your chainmail! The Elf Weave is a box style chain with 3mm crystals woven into the design to add a touch of sparkle and color. Colin teaches how to connect jump rings together to make the chain, to adjust the length for the perfect wrist measurement and how to add crystals into the chain. This class is perfect for students who wish to take their chainmail skills to the next level.

This class has a running time of 1 hr, 7 minutes.

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I absolutely did not think I would be able to do this...it came out beautiful....Colin was great teaching the whole process of the design...I can't wait to do more.
03/12/2015
Valorie Bowen
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This was my first chainmail ever. I loved the crystals against the silver. I've since made several and sold some. Love the step by step directions and the ability to see it visually. Also like the ability to go back and watch again if needed.
03/12/2015
Christy Koukal
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Absolutely loved this class. Colin is an excellent teacher. Directions are very clear. I have been wanting to work with Chain Mail but was reluctant, I am ready to start. Thank You Colin
07/08/2015
Julie Andresen
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I loved this class and the bracelet came out beautifully. I have made a couple now as gifts. I have a question.

I want to know if I can use 2mm beads without having them fall through or get stuck? I am working with faceted rubies. I couldn't get them in all one size so I am putting them in a graduated line with the largest in the middle and the smallest at either end. I am using 4mm rings instead of 4.5mm. The 3mm beads were a bit tight but if I don't have them in each opening it doesn't seem to be a problem. I am just concerned about loosing the 2mm ones. Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you Colin!
Beaducation Replied:

We have not tested this, but in theory, the smaller beads should be just fine. Using the 4mm rings will naturally create a more structurally solid bracelet, so at worst, the beads may move around a bit on the beading wire within their space in the bracelet, but they probably won't fall through or get stuck. 

10/05/2015
Terry
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Love this class! Can't wait to try to make a Crystal Elf Weave Bracelet myself and hope it woun't be too hard since I'm new at this. Have a question; will this work with aluminium jump rings or will the material be too weak? Thanks!
Beaducation Replied:

Colin hasn't made the bracelet with aluminum jump rings, but she thinks it will be fine because there are a lot of interwoven links to support the overall structure.

02/01/2016
Mette Trondsen
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I'm so glad that i found your website for the instructional videos and the merchandise. I have learned more from your website then any other site that I have found. Thank you so much for what you do. I was able to find the jump ring sizes that I've been looking for online with your company and the bonus was your instructional videos.
04/19/2016
Teresa Dunning
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Thanks Colin, your instructions are the most comprehensive I have found on any website. You take time to show how to overcome potential problems.
I wonder if it is possible to make this chain with 5mm ID jump rings, 18gauge (or 1mm in the UK) as I have hundreds/thousands of Swarovski 4mm bicones and would like to use these up.
Beaducation Replied:

From Colin:  I have never tried it in the 5mm. It is worth a try though. The chain will probably be pretty loose in that size, but adding the crystals should help it hold it's shape.

11/21/2016
Stephanie Gray
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I plan to make this beautiful bracelet, but I am wondering how secure the crimp tube will be without using a crimping tool. Hmmm, one squeeze with the chain nose has the strength to hold the long line of bicones? I never have a problem with your instructions, but I need your assurance on this design.
Beaducation Replied:

Hi Dorothy!  Yes, it will be just fine. Crimp tubes were made to be crimped flat and have been in use long before crimping pliers were even a thing (I've had more failures using a crimping plier that I have with flat crimping, and I made strung jewelry for about 15 years). You can squeeze the crimp tube more than once, and from more than one direction, if you don't feel you got it the first time. You are more than welcome to use your crimping plier if that will make you more comfortable, but it is not necessary, and you will find it challenging, if not impossible, to get your crimping plier into the tiny space that is left at the end of the bracelet to do the second crimp bead.  I hope you enjoy the project!

12/01/2016
Dorothy
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