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Photo Tutorial Ceramic Bead Byzantine Chain

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Ceramic Bead Byzantine Chain

Add ceramic beads to your Byzantine chain with no headpins involved. Just thread the beads onto short 2-in-2 chains and use jump rings to cap the ceramic beads to give a pandora-like appearance.
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Materials

For a 18.5cm bracelet, you will need:
  • 73 byzantine silver anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 4.2mm, WD 1.2mm - A
  • 12 capping silver anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 4.3mm, WD 1.00mm - B
  • 60 tiny stainless steel machine cut jump rings, ID 2.1mm, WD 0.64mm - C
  • 24 small stainless steel machine cut jump rings, ID 2.7mm, WD 0.64mm - D
  • 6 Greek ceramic beads with 3.5mm holes - 10 x 12mm - we used burnt orange, red, mauve and dark turquoise
  • silver plated lobster clasp - 12mm
  • one headpin and a scrap of thin wire
For a 51cm (20 inch) necklace, you will need:
  • 233 byzantine silver anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 4mm, WD 1.2mm - A
  • 34 capping silver anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 4.3mm, WD 1.00mm - B
  • 170 tiny stainless steel machine cut jump rings, ID 2.1mm, WD 0.64mm - C
  • 68 small stainless steel machine cut jump rings, ID 2.7mm, WD 0.64mm - D
  • 17 Greek ceramic beads with 3.5mm holes - 10 x 12mm - we used burnt orange, red, mauve and dark turquoise
  • silver plated lobster clasp - 12mm
  • one headpin and a scrap of thin wire
Tools:
  • two pairs of smooth jawed chain nose, flat nose, or bent nose pliers

Instructions

  1. Make a 2-in-2 chain starting with two byzantine rings A, two small stainless steel rings D and ten tiny stainless steel rings C.

    Thread your scrap of wire through the last two tiny rings that you linked.
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  2. Close two capping rings B and open two small stainless steel rings D.

    Using the scrap of wire to help, thread one closed capping ring B and one ceramic bead over the stainless steel 2-in-2 chain (left hand picture).

    Link one small stainless steel ring D through the last two tiny rings through which you have threaded the scrap of wire (centre picture). Remove the scrap of wire.

    Repeat with a second small stainless steel ring D (left hand picture).
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  3. Open ten and close four byzantine rings A.

    Place the second closed capping ring B over the bead hole and link one byzantine ring A through the two small stainless steel rings D added in step 2 (left hand picture).

    Link using a second ring A (right hand picture).
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  4. Use two byzantine rings A to link two more closed rings A to the last two rings A added in step 3 (left hand picture).

    Fold back the last pair of rings as shown in the right hand picture.
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  5. Place your headpin between the first pair of rings added in step 4 and through the two rings you have just folded back.

    The headpin will help you place the two rings added in the next step.
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  6. Following the pathway of the headpin, link two byzantine rings A. The pictures show this from two different angles.
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  7. Use two byzantine rings A to link two closed rings A to the last two rings A added in step 6 (the left hand and centre pictures show this from two different views).

    Fold back the last pair of rings as shown in the right hand picture.
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  8. Repeat step 5-6 to hold the folded back rings in place. The pictures show this from two different angles.
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  9. Link two small stainless steel rings D to the last two rings A and lengthen with a 2-in-2 chain made from ten tiny stainless steel rings C. This is the same as the chain made in step 1 onto which you will thread your ceramic bead.
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  10. Repeat steps 2-9. When your chain is the desired length, finish with step 2.
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  11. Place the second closed capping ring B over the bead hole. Link one byzantine ring A through the last two small stainless steel rings D of the 2-in-2 chain and add the lobster clasp before closing.
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Variations

  • Try pastel colours such as those below - light blue, light pink, lilac and light green.
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