I'ts time for some Chainmaille.
I never, EVER usually do anything associated with Chainmaille. Reason 1: I never have any jump rings. Reason 2: I never really knew how to do all that complicated hooking and threading and twisting and what have you.
Well, there is a first time for everything.
This is an easy Chainmaille pattern I've created for beginners and advanced 'maillers to try. I've added the addition of faceted gemstone drop beads to give a more bohemian look to an otherwise very industrial look. To prevent tarnishing, I've only used Cousin brand Elegance Metals jump rings; these are either gold or sterling plated so that you won't worry about them losing their shine. I recommend these for use in any Chainmaille pattern.
These are great everyday earrings that aren't super heavy, but are great quality because you've used great metals. These agate faceted drops and small garnet drop add pops of color. I've used mixed metals here because I'm going for a hippie-chic look. If that's not your thing, use just one metal color. I call these Barcelona earrings because of the eclectic mix of colors, and the fan pattern that forms when you link the jump rings!
Let's get going!
Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are:
4mm Faceted Gemstone rounds (mine from Happy Mango Beads)
Garnet 3mm Rounds from Happy Mango Beads (optional)
Cousin Elegance Metals 6mm Jumprings (Gold, Rose Gold and Sterling Plated)
Cousin Elegance Metals Gold Headpin (or other gold headpins)
Flatnose Pliers and Wire Trimmers
To start the chainmaille pattern, open each of your jump rings packages and separate into like colors. Then, halve those groups so that you will have separated piles for each earring.
1. Starting with the silver, open and attach a rose and gold. Close silver ring.
2. Open another silver and thread through the rose and gold. Don't close.
3. Add a silver, rose and gold ring to the open silver. Close.
4. Open a rose. Thread through the rose, gold and silver. Don't close.
5. Add 7 rings, in alternating pattern (rose, gold, silver) to the open rose ring. Close rose ring.
6. Open a silver ring. With the leftmost rose and gold ring, thread silver through these rings and close. There should be 5 empty rings still hanging.
7. Open a gold ring. Thread through the gold of last step and the silver to the right of it, making sure to thread over the last ring (so the new ring lays on top of last). Close ring.
8. Continue this pattern; with a rose ring, thread through the silver of last round and then the rose next to it. Keep repeating, threading through two jump rings only each time, one being the rightmost ring of the last step. You should use 6 rings to finish.
You should have a "fan" of sorts, each jumpring laying beneath the other. MAKE SURE TO ALWAYS ADD EACH JUMP RING IN FRONT OF THE LAST ONE YOU ADDED, to keep that clean fan pattern.
Simply add gemstone wrapped-loop charms to each of the 6 empty jump rings at bottom. If feelin' groovy, add a small garnet charm to the top jumpring, and finish by adding a fishhook to this ring as well.
The gemstones lay next to each other, creating a cool fan-like pattern.
These would also look great in all silver metal, with turquoise rounds for a southwestern look. Or, try all gold metal with pearl drops for a totally traditional vibe.
Maybe I'll try Chainmaille again in the future. It has served me well up to this point. What do you think?
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