Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings, Chain Maille Jewelry. Making Chain, Chain Making . This chain maille weave is known as round maille.
Long crystal round maille earrings
by Kylie Jones
  • Category: Chain Maille
  • Technique(s): Chain Making
  • Skill Level: Beginner
This chain maille weave is known as round maille. It has a gorgeous lacy effect, especially with these larger rings. It is hollow in the center and the reflective crystals seem to emerge from the chain maille a little like ice crystals.

Materials

20 gauge AWG 0.8mm ID 5mm sterling silver jump rings
  • Lesson Quantity: 28.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
12mm Swarovski Artemis beads in crystal AB
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
4mm Crystal Aurore Boreale 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-94A
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $1.67
  • Gold Club Price: $1.25
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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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5 Piece Steel Mandrel Set
G7-5
  • G7-5
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.95
  • Gold Club Price: $9.71
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Instructions
Step 1
Place 2 bicones and one artemis bead on a headpin. Make a 90 degree bend in the wire 1.25" (3.2cm) from the bottom of the headpin. Please note this measurement is from the bottom of the headpin.
Make a wrapped loop. Don't make this wrapped loop too small because you will need to attach 2 rings and the ear wire through this loop. The wire and crystal drop should measure about 1.4" (3.6cm) in length. Make 2.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , String crystals onto the headpin
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Make a wrapped loop on the headpin
Step 2
For chain maille, particularly jewelry made with fine jump rings like these, the jump rings need to be closed under tension. To do this use 2 flat-nose pliers and gripping both sides of the ring push the ends of the ring a little further than closed so the ends overlap, then bring the ends back to meet. There is usually a little clicking sound when they go from overlapped to meet perfectly. Check by feel or use magnification. If your rings aren't right keep adjusting and overlapping till you get a perfect ring.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Closing a jump ring
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Closing a jump ring
Step 3
Make a 2-1-2-1-2 chain. To do this place 4 closed rings on an open ring, and close the ring.
With an open ring, go through the last 2 rings of the 4 rings, add 2 closed rings and close the ring.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Place 4 closed rings on an open jump ring
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , With and open jump ring go through the last 2 rings
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Close the jump ring
Step 4
Join the chain into a circle by taking an open ring and going through the 2 rings on both ends of the chain, and close the ring. Making sure that the chain is not twisted. (4)
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Join the ends of the chain together with a jump ring.
Step 5
Place your chopstick or small mandrel in the center of the chain circle and slide the circle up onto the mandrel, making sure not to go through any of the rings. When the rings go on the mandrel the 3 links with 2 rings have one ring lying on the other, flip the top 3 rings 180 degrees so they lie flat against the mandrel. This step creates a round maille piece that now has 3 rows.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Place the chain onto a mandrel.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Flip the double jump rings apart from each other.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Flip the double jump rings apart from each other.
Step 6
To add a row take an open ring and go through 2 rings that are next to each other in the 3rd row at the point where they meet, go down into the first ring, up through the second and close the ring.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Take and open jump ring and go through 2 rings.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Close the ring.
Step 7
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 Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add another jump ring.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Add a third jump ring.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , 4 rows of round maille
Step 8
Place the wire wrapped loop from the crystal drop at the base of the mandrel and slide the chain maille over the loop and down onto the crystal, making sure the wire is in the center of the chain maille piece and not going through any of the rings, just as the mandrel did.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Slide the round maille over the crystal charm.
Step 9
To attach the chain maille to the crystal drop take an open ring and go through any 2 rings in the top row that are next to each other (just the same as adding another row in step 6) and through the wrapped loop, close the ring. Take another open ring and go through the next 2 rings where they meet, through the wrapped loop and close the ring. Make 2.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Thread an open ring through the wrapped loop.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Thread a second ring through the wrapped loop.
Step 10
To make the ear wires take a piece of wire and make a simple loop at one end. Hold the loop with the flat edge on the mandrel and bend the wire all the way round the mandrel to form the ear wire shape. Trim the end and smooth the edge with a nail buffer or sandpaper. 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. Make 2.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Make an ear wire.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Make an ear wire.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Make and ear wire.
Step 11
Attach the ear wires to your beautiful earrings.
Kylie Jones's Long crystal round maille earrings - , Chain Maille Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , Attach the ear wires to the earrings.