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How to make chainmaille earrings –Mobius weave

Information about this project

Designed by: Agata Szybalska

Difficulty: Intermediate

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If somebody asked me if tassels go well with the chainmalle technique, I would say they’re completely mad. But, I tried this combination and everyone liked the result (including me). We all love tassels, don’t we? What’s more, it doesn’t need to be a very complicated design – you can choose a very simple one. Today I’m going to show you how to make very simple chainmaille earrings with a tassel.

Supplies used in this project:

  • Jump rings – size: 10mm with 1.2mm thickness – 10 pieces; 7mm with 1mm thickness – 12 pieces; 6mm with 1mm thickness – 4 pieces
  • Earwires – 19mm (can be replaced with stud earrings)
  • Tassels – 2 pieces. The length and thickness of the tassels is up to you. I used 70 mm long tassels with a 10 mm head
  • Jewellery tools – two pairs of smooth jawed flat nose pliers
  • Bead mat – to keep the jump rings in one place

Ready? So let’s begin!

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We will start our work from making a chainmaille element with the Mobius weave. The name of the weave connotes the Möbius strip and, in fact, it’s got a similar shape. This weave is often used in jewellery making as a connector or a spacer. It can be made of any amount of jump rings and the limited possibilities due to their size are not as problematic here as in other weaves.

We will make our Mobius weave with 5 x 10 mm jump rings. It’s good to prepare them before you start your work: open 4 jump rings and leave 1 closed.

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Slide the closed jump ring through one of the open ones. Close the jump ring.

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Slide the jump rings close together and here you have a Mobius weave of 2 jump rings. You need to decide whether you prefer your weave in the right or left direction. Important! If you turn the element upside down, it won’t change its direction!

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It’s good to control the direction of the weave, because it looks much better if your earrings are a mirror image of each other and the bracelet’s elements have the same direction.

Slide another open jump ring through your mini Mobius weave.

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Close the jump ring and slide it close the others. Remember about its proper direction.

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If your rosette doesn’t lie nicely, it means you’ve slid the last ring in the wrong direction. It’s marked with the red colour in the picture.

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You need to correct it now – it will be impossible to do it later. Catch the wrongly slid jump ring…

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… and twist it.

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You can do that using pliers or your fingers, but it will be much easier to do that if you place your work on a flat bed.

If all of the jump rings are placed correctly, it’s time to slide another one.

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Close the ring and place it in the correct direction.

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And another one.

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As you have placed all of the jump rings correctly, you should have a rosette like this one (a flower).

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Make another Mobius rosette the same way. Remember to control the proper direction of the added jump rings. It’s good to place them in the opposite direction now.

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Our Mobius rosettes are finished. If you leave them like this, they may ruffle, so you need to complete the next step. Open the 7mm jump ring quite wide and slide it through all of the jump rings of your rosette.

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As you close this jump ring, it will stabilise the rosette, so that it won’t ruffle.

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Slide 5 x  7mm jump rings the same way.

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. We’re going to attach an earwire (or a stud earring) to three of the jump rings just attached.

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To do that, open a 6 mm jump ring, slide it through 3 top jump rings that hold the rosette and through the earwire’s loop.

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Close the jump ring – the earwire is attached.

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It’s time for the tassel now. If you look down at its head, you can see a bunch of strings which were used to tie the tassel while making it. We will use it to attach the tassel. In the picture you may see the top of a knitting needle inserted under those strings.

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Insert the jump ring under those strings. Do it carefully and don’t pull any of the strings. It’s good to widen the space under the strings with something thin with a blunt top, like a knitting wire.

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Before you close the jump ring, slide it through the three bottom rings that bond the rosette.

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The first earring is finished.

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Repeat all the steps to make the second earring.

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As I mentioned at the beginning, there are almost no limits in this weave. If you don’t have exactly the same jump rings as I used, you may use any others as well. The number of the jump rings in this weave is endless (from 2 to infinity), but you may usually see the elements made of 3-5 jump rings. There is only one limit with the parameters: the AR factor cannot be smaller than the number of the jump rings in your rosette. Below you can see an illustration showing the abbreviation used while defining the parameters of the jump rings:

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On a final note, I would like to remind you how the jump rings should be opened.

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What do you think about these earrings? Remember, the Mobius weave can be used to make not only earrings, but also bracelets or pendants. The sky is the limit. If you are inspired by our tutorial to create something, show your finished pieces on our Facebook Group

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