Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings, Chain Maille Jewelry. Making Chain, Chain Making . These earrings are based on a 2 in 2 chain pattern.
Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings
by Kylie Jones
  • Category: Chain Maille
  • Technique(s): Chain Making
  • Skill Level: Beginner
These earrings are based on a 2 in 2 chain pattern. A two in two chain simply means each link has 2 rings.

Materials

20g AWG (0.8mm) Inner diameter 5/32" (4mm) jewelers brass jump rings, 120
  • Lesson Quantity: 120.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 120.00 each
20 Gauge Half Round Half Hard Yellow Brass Wire
H1-20HRH
  • Lesson Quantity: 14.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $1.43
  • Gold Club Price: $1.07
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Lapis 6mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-242
  • Lesson Quantity: 8.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.68
  • Gold Club Price: $8.76
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 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
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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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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Instructions
Step 1
Make a 2 in 2 chain 15 links long.
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , 2 in 2
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , 2 in 2 chain
Step 2
Join the chain into a circle by taking a ring and going through the 2 rings from the first link and the 2 rings from the last link. Make sure that the chain doesn't twist. Note that the rings sit at a different angle in each link, before joining the circle check that the odd numbered links (1st, 3rd, 5th etc) all sit the same way, and do the same for the even numbered links.
Add another ring in the same spot to complete the 2 in 2 pattern.
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , join the chain
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , add another ring to close the circle
Step 3
To add a center begin with 2 closed rings, these will be your center link. Place these rings on an open ring and attach the open ring to any 2 ringed link on the inside of the circle, making sure to go through both rings of the link. Close the ring. Add another ring in the same place to keep the pattern.
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , add a center link
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , add a center link
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , add a center link
Step 4
To attach the center link to another outside link, take an open ring, go through both rings of the center link and then go through the 4th link away from the previous join on the circle. You can go to the left or right. Add the second ring.
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , attach the center link
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , attach the center link
Step 5
Repeat the last step twice continuing around the circle in the same direction. Make sure that the odd numbered and even numbered links and are all sitting the same way.
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , repeat the last step twice
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , repeat the last step twice
Step 6
To add beads to the chain maille cut a piece of wire approximately 2 3/8" (5.5cm) long, this length may vary depending on the size of the loops you make. Wrap one end of the wire 1 and ¾ times around your round nose pliers. The size of these loops needs to be just big enough so they won't fit through the links of the shape.
Thread the wire through the first link on the left that is above the center cross, add a bead and take the wire through the top link of the center cross, add a bead and take the wire through the link on the right hand side that is above the center cross.
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , make an eye pin
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , thread the eye pin through the rings
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , string on a bead
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , string on another bead
Step 7
To loop the other end of the wire, check that you are looping in the same direction as the first loop. Also check that the end of the wire will be in the same position as the end of the wire on the other loop. The loops should be positioned towards the back curling away from the beads. The wire should be a firm fit so it can't move around too much. Photo 10b shows the back.
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , make a loop on the other end of the wire
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , face the loops in the same direction
Step 8
Add a second row below the center cross exactly like the first.
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , add a second row of beads
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , add a second row of beads
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , add a second row of beads
Step 9
Turn the beaded shape so it is a diamond and add 2 in 2 chain to the top link to the length you want. Remember for the second earring when deciding on which link will be the top link to make sure it is a mirror image of the first earring.
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , add a 2 in 2 chain
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , make a mirror image on second earring
Step 10
For the ear hook cut 2 pieces of wire just over 2" (5.5cm) long. Make a small loop at one end of each wire, this loop is a bit bigger than normal as the 2 in 2 chain pattern means 2 rings will need to sit inside this loop. Hold the loop next to the mandrel and bend the wire around the mandrel, shape the tail how you like. Make sure the end is smooth and work harden the hooks by hammering or tumbling. Attach ear hooks to chain.
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , make an ear wire
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , make an ear wire
Kylie Jones's Lapis and Brass Chain Maille Diamond Earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , make an ear wire