Marilyn Gardiner's Double Spiral Chainmail Weave Earrings, Chain Maille Jewelry. Making Chain, Chain Making . .
Double Spiral Chainmail Weave Earrings
by Marilyn Gardiner
  • Category: Chain Maille
  • Technique(s): Chain Making
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Materials

Silver Filled Headpins 22GA 1.5 inch - Pack of 10
S8-11
  • Lesson Quantity: 3.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.52
  • Gold Club Price: $1.89
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Sterling Silver Earwire w/ Ball & Coil 19.5mm - Pack of 2
K19-40
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.10
  • Gold Club Price: $1.58
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Silver Filled Jump Rings Closed (18ga) 5mm - Pack of 10
S11-19
  • Lesson Quantity: 18.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.40
  • Gold Club Price: $1.80
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Sterling Silver Jump Ring Open (.040) 18ga. (OD) 4mm Heavy (ID) 2.33mm - Pack of 10
K11-32
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $3.02
  • Gold Club Price: $2.27
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Tools

Flat Nose Wire Pliers
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Instructions
Step 1
Overview: This weave is part of the spiral family of chainmail weaves. The Double Spiral chainmail weave has each pair of rings placed through the previous 2 pairs. Notice the third pair of rings from the beginning. This pair passes through the first and second pairs of rings.
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Step 2
The First 4 Rings: Close 2 rings (JR-1&2) and open several more. Put an open ring (JR-3) through the 2 closed rings & close it. Put another open ring (JR-4) through the first 2 rings, and close it too. Put a twist tie or piece of wire through the first two rings so you have a "handle" to hold onto.Your rings should look like this photo.
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Step 3
Find the Hole: Hold the twist tie & the edges of JR-1&2. Flip JR-3&4 upwards, and notice the hole, marked with an X, where the two pairs overlap. See the photo
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Step 4
Add Ring 5 Insert JR-5 into that "hole". See the photo. Tip: Be sure to open the rings wide enough so that you can maneuver them into place easily.
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Step 5
Arrange Ring 5. Close the ring. Let it flop downwards so it's out of the way. See the photo.
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Step 6
Add Ring 6. Insert JR-6 into the same "hole", just above JR-5. See the photo.Close the ring. Tip: Be careful not to go through JR-5 by accident.
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Step 7
Observe Rings 5 & 6. Notice in this photo that JR-5&6 go through the previous two pairs of rings.
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Step 8
Find the Hole & Add Ring 7. Push JR-5&6 upwards against JR 3&4.You will see the hole through the center of these four rings. Insert JR-7 into this opening. See the photo. Close the ring.
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Step 9
Add Ring 8. Insert JR-8 in the same hole, just above JR-7.See the photo.
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Step 10
Observe the Pattern. This photo shows the first 4 pairs of rings.You can see the spiral pattern developing.
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Step 11
Continue the Pattern. This photo shows the first 5 pairs of rings. To keep the spiral pattern, always push the most recent pair upwards to expose the hole for the next 2 jump rings.
Tip: The word "upwards" makes sense if the twist tie is in your left hand and the chain is horizontal. If you hold the chain and let it dangle, then you will be pushing the last pair of rings "to the right" or "clockwise" Continue this pattern, always adding 2 rings through the previous 2 pairs. Stop when you have a total of 7 pairs. This is the first earring. Make a second earring identical to the first.
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Step 12
Add the Ear Wires: Use an 18 gauge, 3 mm jump ring to connect each earring to an earring finding.
Congratulations! You've made your first Double Spiral Chainmail Weave Earrings.
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Marilyn Gardiner's Double Spiral Chainmail Weave Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Completed Chainmail earrings