Pliers with sterling silver moibus spirals

How to make a basic 3-ring and 5-ring chainmaille mobius spiral

learning how to make make homemade jewelry is all about starting simple – for example, learning the mobius spiral.

You scroll through Pinterest and a DIY jewelry tutorial pops up in your feed. You let out a little sigh as you think to yourself, “I wish I could make that!”

If you think jewelry-making is beyond your reach, I’m going to let you in on something.

Making jewelry is easier than you think! 

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It starts with mastering a few simple techniques and using the right tools. 

Like these INCREDIBLE flat nose pliers (but more on that below).

The 3-ring and 5-ring chainmaille Mobius spiral is one of the simplest jewelry techniques you can do, especially if you want to learn how to make jump ring jewelry.

Likes these earrings below. I mean, how gorgeous are they? And they’re basically just two of those spirals put together!

sterling silver mobius chainmaille spiral earrings

Seriously. if you’re interested in making your own jewelry, this is ones of the easiest places to start.

But don’t let its simplicity fool you.

This Mobius spiral is the foundation of numerous gorgeous pieces of jewelry you will find in other Linkouture jewelry-making tutorials.

Such as these DIY pearl earrings, these fancy earrings, and this popular single pearl necklaces.

Or this beautiful necklace & earring gift set

white gift box with matching silver and pearl earrings and necklace

It’s also a great way to practice properly opening and closing jump rings before you move onto more complicated pieces.

spiral bracelet

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Step-by-step directions to make the Mobius spiral

This 3-ring mobius sprial tutorial is the basis for many stunning jewelry designs

Before we get into this beginner level jewelry tutorial, a few notes:

  • When I first started making jewelry I was using the wrong type of pliers and it made everything so much more difficult. Avoid the literal pain I went through! I HIGHLY recommend these flat nose pliers for any of my jewelry tutorials. Keep in mind you will need two pairs of these pliers. Yes, they are pricey, but they are WORTH the investment if you intend to do a lot of jewelry making. 
  • Some of my favorite jump rings to use for this tutorial are 16 gauge 9-11 mm ID (inner diameter), 18 gauge 7mm ID, and 18 gauge 4.5 mm ID rings. 

How to make a basic 3-ring and 5-ring chainmaille mobius spiral

Pliers with sterling silver moibus spirals

This Mobius spiral is the simple technique to learn and the foundation for making numerous gorgeous pieces of jewelry you will find in other Linkouture jewelry-making tutorials,

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Open jump rings (3-5 of the same size)

Instructions

  1. Close up one of the jump rings nice and firm. (You know it’s closed well when it makes a nice click and the two ends are flush).
  2. Take a second jump ring and loop it through the first one and close it tight.
  3. Take the two looped jump rings and hold them so that there is a space between where they overlap. Think of it as you are making a very small Venn diagram with your jump rings. In that space, loop the third jump ring and close it up. hands making jewelry
  4. You’ve made a 3-ring mobius spiral!
  5. If you would like to make a 5-ring mobius spiral, you’re going to do the same thing again adding a fourth ring, but hold two of the rings together and make a Venn diagram with the third ring. Link the fourth large jump ring through this opening and close it up.hands making jewelry
  6. Hold three of the jump rings together and make a Venn diagram with the fourth jump ring. Link the fifth and last jump ring through that opening close it up. hands making jewelry

Notes

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More chainmaille tutorials for beginner’s you’ll love!

  • Freshwater pearl necklace — This necklace coordinates perfectly with the earrings in this tutorials
  • Spiral chain bracelet — This chic bracelet looks really complicated but is basically just a bunch of spirals strung together. 

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12 thoughts on “How to make a basic 3-ring and 5-ring chainmaille mobius spiral”

  1. Seriously you are just so talented with your jewelry making skills. I am always in awe here. But also love learning some of the tricks of the trade, too 🙂

  2. What are the best size jump rings to stock up on? Is there a place that is best to get them or do you make your own?

    1. Great questions, Ginger! I’m generally a fan of 18 and 16-gauge jump rings in a variety of sizes. The ones I have used most commonly for 18-gauge are 3.5mm inner diameter (or 5.5 outer diameter), 4.5mm inner diameter (6.5 outer diameter), and 7mm inner diameter (or 9 mm outer diameter). For 16 gauge I really like around 9mm inner diameter (about 12 mm inner diameter). I generally buy rings from Rio Grande, but you also try Beadaholique (affiliate link).

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  7. Hi from the UK Bev

    Love this look! I’ve made a few of the pendants now but was lucky enough to have some Swarovski bicones in my stash and they worked as beautifully as the pearls. Really impressive gifts for friends and family! Thank you for a most helpful tutorial.

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