Finishing Tips and Variations
I'm stickler and like to reverse my earrings. When you're making your second earring, pay attention to the directionality of your barrels. I've enlarged the small earring photo so you can see what I mean.
Experiment with different sizes and colors of beads; make pendants using the same method.
The deciding step for reversing your barrel is step 6. You'll notice that my little blue arrow goes to the right to indicate swinging the bottom ring counter clockwise.
If you instead swing the bottom ring to the left (counter clockwise) you'll have the other barrel direction. Make sure that all connected barrels all go the same direction (alternating reversed barrels turns the whole pattern 90 degrees!)
You can also use this technique to make a whole bracelet! If you use 16-gauge 1/4" rings, you'll need about 14 barrels to make a 7 inch bracelet. (but, like anything, all wrist sizes vary!) If you use 30-40 barrels, you'll get a nice necklace.