Tutorial: Braided Chains

The crowd favorite at craft night were these woven chains I found on, where else?, Pinterest of course! The trickiest part of this craftiness is finding the right chain. Ours was a little smaller than I would have liked, but it was the largest I could find for the cheapest price, and it ended up working great.

What You Need:

  • embroidery thread
  • large gold chain
  • jewelry clasps
  • 2 bobby pins
  • piece of tape

What You Do:

1. Start by attached your jewelry clasps to your gold chain. Make sure that you measure the length of chain before-hand to make sure that it will fit around your wrist.

2. The amount of embroidery thread you will need will depend on how thick your chain is. For ours, we used 12 pieces of thread that were roughly twice the length of the chain we were using. Use as many colors as you would like. Tie all 12 strands in a knot at the top.

3. Tape the thread and the chain down so that it won’t move all over when you are trying to work. (Think back to the days when we used to make friendship bracelets). Divide the strands into two even groups (for ours, it was 2 groups of 6 strands).

4. Attach a bobby pin to each set of strands. These will act as ‘needles’ and will help thread the strands through the chain. (1)

5. To weave the chain start by pulling B through the first link in the chain. Always thread from underneath the chain. (2)

6. Pull B all the way through the first loop. (1) Try to keep things as tight as possible as you weave it. (Even though you can’t see the bobby pin on B in this picture it is still there)

7. Braid A over B (2)

8. Pull A through the second loop. Remember to always thread from underneath the chain, so that all your weaving will go in the same direction. (3). Then braid B over A and repeat steps 5-8 until you reach the end of your chain. Try to keep your braid as tight as possible.

9. When you reach the end of the chain, tie another tight knot at the top with all of your embroidery strands. For a more finished look, you can cut the extra thread off of the knots and then secure the knots with hot glue.

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