Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings, Chain Maille Jewelry. Making Chain, Chain Making . These gorgeous earrings remind me of Buddhist pagoda temples.
Inverted round maille temple earrings
by Kylie Jones
  • Category: Chain Maille
  • Technique(s): Chain Making
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
These gorgeous earrings remind me of Buddhist pagoda temples. The patterns of the inverted rings are similar to the decorated eaves of the temples. The round maille encloses a hidden Aquamarine treasure.

Materials

20 gauge AWG sterling silver jump rings 3.2mm ID
  • Lesson Quantity: 36.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Sterling Silver Jump Ring Open (.040) 18ga. 5mm Heavy - Pack of 10
K11-34
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.22
  • Gold Club Price: $1.67
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16 gauge AWG sterling silver jump rings 5.4mm ID
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Sterling Silver Jump Ring Open (.051) 16ga. 8mm Heavy - Pack of 10
K11-35
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Price: $6.18
  • Gold Club Price: $4.64
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20 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.50 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.53
  • Gold Club Price: $1.15
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Aquamarine nuggets approx 11mm x 7mm
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Tools

Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Xuron Double Flush Wire Cutters - 4-3/4 Inches
PLR-469.10
  • PLR-469.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $18.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.23
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Medium Rawhide Hammer 1 1/4 inch - Pack of 1
G3-7
  • G3-7
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $24.97
  • Gold Club Price: $18.73
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5 Piece Steel Mandrel Set
G7-5
  • G7-5
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.97
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Instructions
Step 1
Using 1/8" (3.2mm) rings place 4 closed rings on an open ring and close the ring.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add 4 sterling jump rings
Step 2
Take an open ring and go through 2 of the 4 rings, add 2 closed rings and close the ring.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Go through 2 sterling jump rings with an open ring.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add two closed jump rings and close the ring.
Step 3
To join the chain into a circle take an open ring and go through the sets of 2 rings on both ends of the short chain, close the ring.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add an open jump ring to the two rings on both ends.
Step 4
Place a bamboo skewer or thin mandrel in the center of this tight circle and bring the chain up onto the mandrel.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Stick a skewer or mandrel into the center of the jump ring chain.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Bring the chain of jump rings up onto the mandrel.
Step 5
The 3 sets of 2 rings have one ring lying on the other. Take the top ring of each set and rotate them 180 degrees so they lie flat against the mandrel. This piece is now 3 rows of round maille.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Take the top jump ring of each set and turn them up.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Take the top jump ring of each set and each of them up.
Step 6
Now using the larger 3/16" (5mm) rings add a new row. To begin adding the new row take an open ring and go through 2 rings that are next to each other in the previous row, at the point where they meet. Go down into the first ring, up through the second and close the ring. Add another ring in the same way at the next point where 2 rings from the 3rd row meet. Add the third ring in the same way at the last spot where 2 rings meet. This piece now has 4 rows of round maille.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add a new row of 5mm jump rings.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add another 5mm jump ring.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add another 5mm jump ring.
Step 7
Add another row using 13/64" (5.4mm) rings.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add another row, this time with 5.4mm jump rings.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add another row, this time with 5.4mm jump rings.
Step 8
The row you just added is now inverted to create the pagoda look. To invert the rings, hold the bottom of the ring and rotate it 180 degrees towards the top of the chain maille piece so it lies flat against the chain maille. What was the top of the ring is now the bottom. Do this for all 3 rings.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Flip the last 3 rings added so they sit against the rest of the rings.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Flip the last 3 rings added so they sit against the rest of the rings.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Flip the last 3 rings added so they sit against the rest of the rings.
Step 9
With 13/64" (5.4mm) rings add another row as before. The inverted rings of the previous row are a little harder to see because they don't come down as far and they sit under the rings from the 4th row. Make sure you are adding your new row to the row of inverted rings. The process is exactly as before, adding a ring to 2 rings of the previous row where they meet.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add another row of 5.4mm rings to the inverted row of rings.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add another row of 5.4mm rings to the inverted row of rings.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add another row of 5.4mm rings to the inverted row of rings.
Step 10
Add 2 rows with 5/16" (8.2mm) rings. Now place the aquamarine nugget inside these 2 rows.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add two rows of 8.2mm rings.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add two rows of 8.2mm rings.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Place the aquamarine nuggent inside the cage of jump rings.
Step 11
Invert the 3 rings from the last row and capture the nugget inside the inverted rings.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Invert the last row of jump rings.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Invert the last row of jump rings.
Step 12
Add 2 rows of 1/8" rings to close the cage around the stone.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add two rows of 3.2mm jump rings.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add two rows of 3.2mm jump rings.
Step 13
To finish off the top of the earring you add 2 rows that taper to one ring. Using 1/8" (3.2mm) rings add one row with only 2 rings leaving the third position empty. Add the last row with one ring going through the 2 rings of the previous row. Make 2.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add two rows of 3.2mm rings that taper to one ring at the top of the earring.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add two rows of 3.2mm rings that taper to one ring at the top of the earring.
Step 14
For each ear wire cut a piece of wire about 2.75" (7cm) long. Mark the middle of the wire. Hold the middle mark on your round container and bend the wire to the shape of the circle. It will spring back a little and end up a bit larger than the mandrel shape.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Cut 2 pieces of 20g wiire 7cm long for ear wires.
Step 15
Place the side edge of your flat-nose pliers next to the middle mark, bend both sides of the half circle towards each other to make the ear wire shape. On one of the ends with round-nose pliers make a loop that curves away from the main shape. If you like you can put a slight bend in the other end. The ear wires need to be work hardened so they maintain their shape. You can do this by hammering them with a rawhide or plastic mallet, or put them in a jewelry tumbler.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Place flat nose pliers at the middle mark and bend at the mark slightly.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Make a simple loop at one end of the ear wires.
Step 16
Attach the ear wire to the top ring of the earring.
Kylie Jones's Inverted round maille temple earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Attach the ear wires to the tops of the earrings.