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Christmas Ornament Covers 2 – Jump Rings Galore!

Yep, I've been busy like a bee getting my second Christmas ornament cover ebook tutorial ready for the holiday season.  It's another in my chain maille series, and it's creating an intricate ornament cover with jump rings, jump rings and more jump rings.

Ornament Cover Warning -- It's Substantial!

This is a heavy, substantial ornament cover!  It's not an ornament cover you can create in an afternoon (unless, bless you, you are much faster than I at connecting all those tiny rings.)  While you can likely finish this in a day, it's intricate and uses a lot of jump rings -- fair warning!

On the other hand...my bad photography skills notwithstanding, this is a gorgeous ornament cover!  And it's one that will last you for years upon years, as it is constructed solidly.

Because it is a heavy ornament, I suggest using a plastic ornament (yes, plastic).  The ornament is mostly covered, and if you mis-judged the strength of the branch you placed this ornament on, you won't be cleaning up any broken glass.  However, you can indeed put this on a glass ornament -- I give instructions on how to accommodate an ornament with a larger diameter.

This tutorial shows an ornament made with a Japanese style of chaining. If you're not familiar with this technique, it's joining jump rings in horizontal and vertical patterns. The main pattern is the Japanese 12 in 2, with some connections using fewer rings.

If you've got as couple pair of flat nose pliers and a round nose plier, that's all the tools you'll need. Well, aside from the jumps rings and ornament!

What You Will Learn

Here's what you will learn in this tutorial for making these Japanese-style jump ring Christmas ornament covers.

  • The pattern and instructions for linking the rings to form the ornament cover.
  • Tips if you're using a larger ornament, to make sure it fits properly (very important)!
  • How to make beaded dangles and simple loops.

It's really a lot of fun, and it's something that you will treasure for years and years to come.

The ebook tutorial contains 19 pages of instructions, with 38 full-color photos with close-ups.

How to Get the Tutorial

It's very simple. All you need to do is click the "Add to Cart" button below. (How's that for easy?) 🙂

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At that point (through the magic of the internet), you'll be whisked to your checkout of $4 for this ebook tutorial.

Then you'll get download instructions for the tutorial. Keep in mind that this isn't a paper copy that gets delivered by snail-mail, but a PDF file that you get your hands on(so to speak) instantly.

Go ahead and order, then get ready to make your own chain maille Christmas ornaments. They will be sure t bring ooooooohs and ahhhhhhhs from everyone who sees them!

 

Christmas Ornament Covers With Jump Rings

Yep, time for Christmas ornament covers, only this time, how about ones with jump rings?  Over the years I've made a ton of them with beads galore, but this year I decided to do something different.  Oh, I still have beads, but this year it's mostly made of jump rings!  I thought it would be something different and really unique.

Can You Open and Close a Jump Ring?

If you can open and close a jump ring and have a couple pairs of flat or chain nose pliers, a pair of round nose pliers and a wire cutter, you're in business.

I sometimes think that the hardest part about any project like this is just being able to open and close jump rings.  Ok, and then it's actually opening and closing a lot of rings....

But you know what I like about this one?  It's that I used jump rings in all different colors.  If you know me (or, have been following my posts), you know that I love color.  And this gave me a chance to indulge in my own personal rainbow.  (Like M&Ms or potato chips, I can't stop at just one, LOL.)

Here's what you will learn in this tutorial for making Christmas ornament covers.

  • The pattern and instructions for linking the rings to form a netting (easier than you probably think).
  • How to create the two different types of straight chains.
  • How to make beaded dangles.
  • Instructions for simple loops and wrapped loops.
  • Ideas for making your own variations!

Lots and lots of photos, most of them up-close-and-personal. I want to make sure you know exactly where that next ring needs to go!

If you plan to give one as a gift, you can pretty much be sure that it's something that your recipient doesn't have already, 'cause I made up the pattern myself.  🙂

Get a Copy

It's very simple. All you need to do is click the "Add to Cart" button below. (How's that for easy?) 🙂

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Yes, I know the title says "Chain Maille Series" (because I do have a series of these tutorials), but like I said before, if you can open and close a jump ring, you're in business.

Anyway, through the magic of the internet, you're whisked to your checkout of $4 for this ebook tutorial.

Then you'll get download instructions for the tutorial. Keep in mind that this isn't a paper copy that gets delivered by snail-mail, but a PDF file that you get your hands on(so to speak) instantly.

Soooooo, whatcha waiting for?  As I write this, Christmas is still almost 2 months away.  It took me about....hmmm....4 or 5 hours to do this ornament, but that was also because I was taking photos at the same time!  So the next time through (because there will be a next time for me; I love ornament covers), I figure it will take me about 3 hours.  So, most of an afternoon for you to make yours.

Hope you enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!