Beginning Chain Maille: Orbital Earrings (also Works for Bracelet or Necklace!)

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These earrings are super quick to create and have a cool balancing/floating effect from the way the jump rings get linked together.  You can create them in almost any material jump ring you like, but we love how the anodized aluminum rings make this project pop.  Also good to know is that you can continue weaving rings together like this to create a bracelet or a necklace with the same look!  Here's what you need to make this project:

10 large jump rings
T16 anodized aluminum
T = 3/8” (9.5mm), 16ga = 1.6mm
2 earwires

Note: You will be working from the bottom of the earring to the top.

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:

Pre-open 2 rings and pre close 3 rings.

Step 2:

Hold one closed ring with the tips of your fingers, while also balancing another closed ring directly on top.

Step 3:

Weave an open ring through the balanced ring, while also scooping through the ring you are holding.

Step 4:

Close the open ring. Note how the ring you balanced on your fingers is now orbiting around horizontally.

Step 5:

Holding the weave that was just completed, carefully balance your last closed ring on the top most ring.

Step 6:

Weave your last open ring through the balanced ring, while also scooping through the ring you are holding.

Step 7:

Before closing, slide the earwire on. Now close the ring.

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