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Chainmaille Cube Tutorial by lunabellvarga Chainmaille Cube Tutorial by lunabellvarga
Whoohoo new tutorial! A printable version along with links to complete this tutorial will be on my Etsy site shortly. This is my 4th tutorial, I think I'm getting the hang of it. You will need two pairs of needle nose pliers to complete this tutorial.

This is a mid-level project. It is building a weave in a 3-d manner which can be difficult. I do not suggest it for a beginner unless you really really want to.
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NewBel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
What size rings?
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
18 gauge 3/16 ID
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Fallnmemrys Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Is this how the 6 sided dice is made as well? just you have to add the numbers with the different colored jump rings?
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Maaaaaaaybe. :3
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Beadiecat Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, believe it or not, I tried this for my first chainmaille project (hey, why not jump in with both feet?). I got confused at some parts, but I finished it successfully! YAY! Now I just need to make a chain to hang it on.
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Awesome! I jumped in head first too. One of my first projects was a huge tie. :P I'm glad you got through the tutorial successfully.
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ArcMoonblade Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Thanks for the instructions. Seems to work decently with 16 g. 1/4" rings. My cube's a little floppy, but it serves its purpose.
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Awesome. I'm glad you got use out of the tutorial. ^_^
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ArcMoonblade Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Yep! I am enthusiastic. This is my first 3d-type thing. I've done sheets and plenty of jewelry, but I really had no idea how to start doing 3d stuff. Fortunately, I didn't have to spin my wheels over it, because you kindly made this tutorial. Thank you!
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Cayca Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just tried this one out. Thanks for providing the instructions. I just didn't expect my cube to be so soft. What gauge wire did you use and what is the diameter of your rings?
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
18 gauge 3/16 ID
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Cayca Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks. Until I find that ratio in rings I can buy in my country I'll just have to use 3 rings instead of 2.
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
experimenting with new ring sizes is half the fun. Like the micro ball i did required less rings in the second and 4th rows to make it all fit and it has no give at all. Good luck getting a good AR ring to do this project. A good way to tell how its going to turn out is to put 8 rings onto one ring and close. If it's super tight the cube is going to be hard to make and really tight. If there is a lot of free space you're going to have a woobly cube. Try to get 8 to fit comfortably with no jamming but no large extra space and you should get a perfect cube!
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Cayca Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for this tip. I'm really new to this and I'm still clueless about how to choose perfect ring size so this truly helps.
I thought this would be great project to use some of the small rings I already had at home and I was right. It really was fun to make. Your instructions are clear and I know my way with pliers so there was no trouble with that. I added third ring on the sides wherever I could and it did strengthen the outside of the cube. The core is still a bit wobbly, but on the whole I'm very satisfied with how it turned out. Especially considering that this is only my third chainmaille project.
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I'm glad I could help. You will get better at judging which size will work with which weave with time. If possible I so suggest 18 gauge 3/16 ID though since they work with almost every basic weave I've encountered. www.theringlord.com sells them and ships most everywhere that I know of. Hopefully they might be able to help you.
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Altitudes-Butterfly Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You have an error at step 13?
shouldn't it say repeat step 12? O.o
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
XD Wow, this has been up forever and I, nor anyone else has caught that. I don't even think I have the .pdf file from this to correct it anymore. Thank you for pointing it out though, I'll fix it if I can.
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Altitudes-Butterfly Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
My Pleasure~
You were my random Deviant yesterday.
Neat stuff you have~
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seapuppy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I''m trying this tutorial out right now, and managed to get throught the first layer without too much trouble, but we'll have to wait to see if I can make it through the 2nd and 3rd layers....
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Whoohoo. It should be fine as long as your rings are the right size. Let me know how it goes!
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Dez384 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Kudos to you for putting in steps to have the user check.

One suggestion might be to do the entirety of the second layer in pink. The one ring to indicate the second layer is nice, but in the subsequent pictures, it can be hard to differentiate between the layers.
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
The pink ring indicates the most recent connector ring. It makes sense when you are mailling. That way you can see where you are adding currently. Having it all in one color would prove difficult to show you where I was talking about for each step.
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ArmoredKoi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! I can't wait to try this...
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Remember it takes around 200 links so be prepared to hand over a good chunk of metal to this project. <3
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ArmoredKoi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Holy crap.
Totally worth ittttt~
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
You should go find the giraffe I made out of this pattern in my gallery. It's so cute. Since this is the basis for the weave you can keep expanding to make huge cubes if you want. ^_^
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ArmoredKoi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I did! He's so cute. :meow:
I need to make that teeny cube. It would make an awesome earring. :D
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
That is true. It makes a great mini pendant. I used 4-1 for 2 of the middle layers though and had to modify the ring sizes for 4 of the rings. >.>
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ArmoredKoi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
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seapuppy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm totally going to have to try this one! What size rings would you recommend doing it with?
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Hmmm. For a first go round I suggest 18 gauge 3/16. It has a lot of give and fitting the rings in is really easy. After that feel free to try it with almost all ring sizes. Your test is that if 8 rings will fit on 1 ring then it will work. Like with my latest micro cube I had use 4 links of a larger size and modify the inner layers 2 and 4 to be single and not doubled because 8 links wouldn't fit into that size link.
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Melifacent Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Another Tutorial to try out!!!! WOOT!!!
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lunabellvarga Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Glad you like them so much. :3
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional
nice job
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