Introduction: Chain Mail Hand Flowers
Girls, need to add some flare to your Renaissance Festival costumes? Hand Flowers are interesting and very versatile and will give your costume fantastic character. They are easy to make and inexpensive and can be whatever colors you choose. In staying with the Reniassance theme I chose colors that frequently show up in the era. Gold, mankind's all time favorite, and a richly blue.
Step 1: What You Will Need
IMPORTANT: To avoid mathematical confusion, this list is only for making one hand flower. If you wish to make two then double the materials and repeat the instructable.
- 60 blue 10mm aluminum jump rings*
- 42 gold 10mm aluminum jump rings*
- At least 6 small jump rings
- Lengths of matching chain
- Pliers for the small jumprings
- Cutters for the chain
*ring count will vary with the size of your hand flower so be sure to have extra in case you need to largen it for a proper fit.
Step 2: The Triangle
First, make what you see that is colored in the picture. Start with the single blue ring and add two gold rings to it. Continue this process adding rings one at a time until you have a triangle, seven rings across by seven rings deep.
Step 3: The Base Chain
In this step we are making the colored bracelet piece of the hand flower. Start with four blue rings in a gold ring.
Then put one gold ring through the two right blue rings making it look like the first gold ring and add two blue rings before closing. Continue this pattern until your chain is long enough to go around your wrist.
Step 4: Connect the Bracelet to the Triangle
Add the two together with a single row of rings. Make sure the blue rings match and are laying the same way and that your triangle is centered on the bracelet.
Step 5: Chains
To complete the hand flower (and to prevent it from moving when you wear it) use matching chain to decorate it, connecting it to the chain mail with small jump rings. Make it the way you like or stay with this simple design. Be sure to put the hand flower on and measure the chain while you’re wearing it or your measurements may be off.
Step 6: Clasps and Closure
If you choose you can add a lobster claw for a clasp, or simply use string. Or, as I did, just join the two sides with a chain mail ring, making an unbroken chain mail pattern (picture). Please note, this method could lead to throwing the hand flowers across the room out of frustration. It requires help putting them on, so if you have no one around to help find a way that works for you.