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Celtic chain mail earrings

Modified Byzantine chain mail sets off Celtic braid charms in earrings that evoke a sense of nature, spirituality, mysticism, and times from a remote past.

Modified Byzantine chain mail sets off Celtic braid charms in earrings that evoke a sense of nature, spirituality, mysticism, and times from a remote past.

SUPPLIES

Earrings 2 1⁄3 in. (5.7 cm)

  • 2 Celtic braid charms
  • 52 4 mm jump rings
  • pair of earring wires
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, bentnose, and/or flatnose pliers
  • pick or beading awl
  • twist tie or scrap wire

Supplies available from StravaMax Jewelry Etc., stravamax.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS
Celtic earrings 1
Step 1
For each earring: Close two jump rings and open all the remaining jump rings (How-Tos). Attach a twist tie or scrap piece of wire around the two closed jump rings.
Celtic earrings 2
Step 2
Slide two open jump rings through the first two jump rings. Close the rings. Slide a third pair of jump rings through the second pair of jump rings and close them.
Celtic earrings 3
Step 3
Flip up the third pair of jump rings to expose the second pair. Flip up the second pair, then insert a pick or beading awl through the bottom of the third pair.
Celtic earrings 4
Step 4
Slide four jump rings through the third pair of jump rings and close them. Slide a jump ring through the two center jump rings just added and close it.
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Step 5
Slide a pair of jump rings through the two left jump rings, placing one in front and one in back of the center jump ring from step 4. Close the rings. Repeat on the right side.
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Step 6
Slide a jump ring through the left pair of jump rings. Slide a jump ring through both the center jump ring and left pair of jump rings. Slide a jump ring through both the center jump ring and right pair of jump rings. Slide a jump ring through the right pair of jump rings. Close the jump rings as you go.
Celtic earrings 7
Step 7
Slide a pair of jump rings through all four bottom jump rings. Close the jump rings.
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Step 8
Slide a pair of jump rings through the bottom two jump rings. Close the jump rings.
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Step 9
Flip up the bottom two jump rings and use an awl to pull down the lower edge, separating the jump rings added in step 7.
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Step 10
Slide a pair of jump rings  between the separated rings and through the lower portion of the flipped-up jump rings in place of the awl. Close the jump rings.
Celtic earrings 11
Step 11
With an open jump ring, attach a charm and the bottom pair of jump rings. Close the jump ring.
Celtic earrings 12
Step 12
Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the first pair of jump rings. Close the loop. Discard the twist tie.
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