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This chainmail pattern is called barrel weave, and this is my current favorite earring style.

What you need:

2 pairs of pliers (I use needlenose)

Earring hooks

Jump rings. I use 18 or 19 AWG rings size 5/32 inches (inner diameter). You can make this pattern with bigger rings, but I like it better smaller.

Assuming you make your earrings the same length as mine, you'll need 10 outer rings and 6 inner rings for each earring.

Note: I'm using anodized titanium rings for the colors - check out my other instructable to learn how to anodize the rings yourself: http://www.instructables.com/id/Anodizing-Titanium-Rings/

Note: you can buy jump rings and earring hooks from www.theringlord.com or www.bluebuddhaboutique.com among other places.


Step 1: Preparation

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This method of earring construction is designed to minimize opening and closing of the inner rings, because colored rings can sometimes be scratched by the pliers.

I'm assuming you know how to open and close jump rings correctly.

First, close all the inner rings.

Then, open all the outer rings.

 
sunshiine3 years ago
This is a clever idea! I like the blue ones! Thanks for sharing and have a splendorous day!

Sunshiine
gg12203 years ago
Very nice, elegant earrings :)
Have you considered using saw cut rings to make them look even cleaner?
Thursday (author)  gg12203 years ago
For some reason I've never bought the saw cut rings, but maybe I will next time!
gg1220 Thursday3 years ago
They're definitely worth it, they make seams almost invisible!
awesome!
Thursday (author)  AussieAnglerGal3 years ago
Thanks!
Ichmawida3 years ago
this barrel was one of the first weaves i did and i really like it! But i would suggest reinforcing the ring that connects the units because it will split up sooner or later which makes you loose the rest :)
Thursday (author)  Ichmawida3 years ago
I've never had a problem with the connecting rings, but then I always use steel which is pretty strong. How do you reinforce the connecting rings? I'm not sure there's room to put a second ring in there.