The Rhinos Snorting Drano tutorial was a lot of fun to put together. First of all, I’ve always been intrigued by the name of the weave. I don’t know where it came from, but you have to admit, it’s unusual!
This is one of the orbital patterns of chain maille. An orbital ring is one that does not pass through any other ring; instead it passes around them. (Another example of an orbital weave is Celtic Visions.)
So how do the rings stay in place without going through another ring? In a sense, these are captured rings — in other words, other rings hold them in place.
Typically, orbital chainmaille jewelry patterns are indeed chains as opposed to sheets (although almost any chain can be made into a sheet). And Rhinos Snorting Drano of course falls into that category.
But Rhinos Snorting Drano isn’t just one weave; with a few tweaks, you can have different looks.
The Barrel pattern is one variation, which when done in a tighter weave is quite a tailored look.
A weave that I came up with myself is one called Rhinos Shaken Not Stirred. Depending on your color choices and what ring sizes you choose, it can be anywhere from tailored to funky to elegant. I do want to add that while I’ve checked around a fair amount and haven’t seen this pattern published anywhere else, it’s always possible that someone else has also hit upon this weave. In the meanwhile, I’ll call it my own variation.
What You Will Learn
Just what will you learn in this tutorial? Here is a sampling of what is in store for you.
- Rhinos Snorting Drano – This is the base weave for the chainmaille jewelry patterns, from which the other weaves are derived.
- Barrel – This is the first variation of the RSN weave; in it, you will also learn an alternate way to make the RSN pattern.
- Rhinos Shaken Not Stirred – This is my own variation that I developed when I thought, “I wonder what would happen if I…”. It’s a lot of fun to put together, and gives the base RSN a new look. (I also show you a variation of Rhinos Shaken Not Stirred, so you actually get an additional pattern.)
Plus all the standard information like jump ring size, appropriate ARs, supplies and even an appendix with a refresher on a basic technique. For the Rhinos Shaken Not Stirred, I also show you examples made in other ring sizes, gauges and colors so you can get an idea of what you can do with it.
Get Your Copy of the Chainmaille Tutorial
The tutorial is in the form of an ebook (.pdf file). It has 20 pages and 35 photos. You get a lot of very close-up photos so you see exactly where each ring goes, as well as written instructions.
All you need to do is click the “Add to Cart” button. The tutorial is in ebook form — it is not a printed book. Because of the nature of the tutorial, I don’t provide refunds, but I do my very best to over-deliver for you.
The tutorial is immediately available as a digital download. This means that whatever time of day or night, you can download a copy — no waiting!
So get your Chain Mail Tutorial for the Rhinos Snorting Drano weaves for just $5 and you can be learning in just a few minutes. Enjoy!!!!!
This particular weave is best used in earrings. Not that you can’t use it to make bracelets or necklaces, but the pattern shows itself best when hanging vertically.
The Weave Overview
The base of this chain maille jewelry pattern is a simple one-in-one (sometimes called 2-in-2) chain. It’s as basic as you can get — putting one through through another.
The “shag” is the extra loops you place on the base chain. These loops only go through one jump ring.
The base pattern uses the same size jump rings for everything — chain and loops. I show the earrings done in 18 gauge rings with a 6mm inside diameter (ID). In actuality, you can pretty much use any gauge, any ID you’d like. So if you don’t have the 18 gauge 6mm IDs laying around, feel free to use whatever rings you have on hand. It’s that forgiving a weave.
Supplies for the Shaggy Loops Video Tutorial
The supplies for the base pattern (the black and gold photo) are as follows.
- 18 black jump rings, 18 gauge with a 6mm ID
- 32 gold jump rings, 18 gauge with a 6mm ID
- Pair of earring findings
- Two pairs of pliers.
That’s it. As an FYI, you’ll notice that my pliers have a white coating on their tips — it’s the Tool Magic dip. It’s totally optional; I just like using it because it gives me a better grip on the jump rings, and prevents them from marring. (For more info, see the post on chain maille pliers.)
If you want the supply info on the two variations I show, the list for these is below the video. So start by watching the video and then take a look at the supplies for the others if you like.
Supplies for the Shaggy Loops Variations
If you enjoyed learning how to make the basic pattern, maybe you’d like to try one or both of the variations. Here is the info on the jump rings and beads. (It’s a given that you will need earring findings and pliers.)
- 14 magenta jump rings, 18 gauge 6mm ID
- 24 bronze jump rings, 18 gauge 5mm ID
- 24 amethyst jump rings, 18 gauge 4.5mm ID
- 50 silver jump rings, 18 gauge 6mm ID
- 96 iris seed beads, size 8
Maille Ornament Cover – Japanese Style
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.
This is a heavy, substantial ornament cover! It’s not for the faint of heart or someone who wants instant gratification. It uses a lot of jump rings, many in small sizes. However, the results are breathtaking — my photography skills do not do the ornament cover justice.
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 Christmas ornament covers.
- The pattern and instructions for linking the rings to form the ornament cover.
- How to make beaded dangles.
- Instructions for simple loops.
- Tips if you’re using a larger ornament, to make sure it fits properly (very important)!
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.
It’s very simple. All you need to do is click the “Add to Cart” button below. (How’s that for easy?)
At that point (through the magic of the internet), you’ll be whisked to your checkout of $6 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!
This flower chain video tutorial shows you how easy chain maille can be. It’s something that is a little different from simply chaining jump rings together. Instead, the rings form little rosettes, which in turns gives the flower chain its name.
You don’t need a lot of different rings (unless of course you want to get more intricate). The demonstration you’ll see shows two different colors and sizes of jump rings, but you can do it all in one size and color if you like. The flower chain is very versatile!
Although I do mention AR in passing, this chain mail pattern can use a pretty wide range. Normally, I say anything over AR of 4 can be used
What You Will Need (Supplies)
You’ll need jump rings in 6mm inside diameter 18 gauge, and 5mm inside diameter 18 gauge rings for the bracelet.
You will also need a clasp of some sort; I have used an “S” clasp, but you can use whatever you wish.
There is also a set of earrings that you can make with this same weave; I show the photo and supplies after the video tutorial.
Earring Info and Supplies
The earrings are made with the same basic flower chain pattern. Seeing as I prefer earrings to be as light as possible, I have made them with 20 gauge rings instead of 18 gauge. I have also only used three rings instead of four rings for each flower rosette.
Also, the AR of the rings I selected is only about 4.5, which is another reason I decided to use fewer rings in each flower. But, if you like, you can certainly use four rings per flower.
To make the earrings, you will need the following supplies:
- 1 pair of earring findings; I used gold-filled.
- Jump rings, Fuchsia, 20 gauge 4mm inside diameter
- Jump rings, Gold, 20 gauge 4mm inside diameter
- 2 gold-plated headpins
- 2 Swarovski bicone beads, 6mm, crystal AB2x
- 2 Swarovski bicone beads, 5mm, rose
- 2 Swarovski bicone beads, 4mm rose
Although I show five flowers per earring, you can make as many or as few as you like. If you don’t want to include the Swarovski beads or use different beads, that’s fine too — after all, these are your earrings!