Skill Level: Beginner
Technique: Working with jump rings
These quick earrings are part of my Easy Earrings class in Tucson, and a much scaled down version of the Marquise Chainmaille earrings. Beginner difficulty and under an hour to make. I also think they look like trefoils when made in green, so make some earrings (or take this project to the next level with the bracelet variation) for your local Girl Scout troop. (No guarantee that they'll let you swap jewelry for cookies, but it's always worth a try.) :)
These earrings come from the Japanese family of weaves. What sets this family apart is the distinct horizontal (green) and vertical (aluminum) rings. The Japanese family is known for the interesting geometric patterns that can be created by varying the inner diameter of the horizontal rings. This is a beginner pattern to get your feet wet with the concept of Japanese. Remember that horizontal rings ONLY connect to vertical rings and vertical rings ONLY connect to horizontal rings.
Note on Jump Ring Gauges: Precious metal wire is commonly measured in AWG (American Wire Gauge), whereas some base metal jump rings are measured in SWG (Standard Wire Gauge, also used to measure guitar strings and some electrical wiring). All wire and jump rings on wirejewelry are measured in AWG. If you have precious metal jump rings, use
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