Introduction: Beginning Chain Maille: Simple Scale Earrings

If you've never tried making your own jewelry, this is a great project to start with.  You can get a feel for working with pliers in your hands without too much of a commitment and still end up with some cool earrings that won't look like your 9-year-old niece made them (not that she's not an amazing maker *wink*.)  Here's what you need to make this project:

2 anodized aluminum scales
6 Small Jump Rings
F18 anodized aluminum
F = 5/32” (4.0mm)
18ga SWG = 0.048” (1.2 mm)
2 earwires

To create this project, you will need to pairs of flat-nosed pliers.  We recommend Euro Tool Ergos - they are inexpensive and good for lots of different projects.

Step 1:

Prep (per earring): Pre-open 3 small jump rings.

Step 2:

Weave one small ring through the hole of the scale. Close the ring.

Step 3:

Weave a second small ring through the hole of the scale, next to your previous ring. Close the ring.

Step 4:

3. Weave your final ring through both of thesmall rings andalso put on the earwire.

Note: the scale can face two different ways depending on which way the earwire is attached. The scale’s indent can face outward or inward, so be aware of this as you attach the earwire in step 3.

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