Japanese 12 in 2 Diamond Chainmaille Earrings Tutorial

Hey all! As promised here is the first (of many) tutorials coming your way! We’re starting with a Beginners/Intermediate Japanese 12 in 2 Weave. It’s relatively easy once you get the hang of it. I love this weave because it looks complex.

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Let’s dive in shall we?

First of all, I’ve used aluminum rings in this tutorial; both Bright Aluminum (silver rings) and Anodized Aluminum (blue rings). Throughout this post I will refer to each of the rings as either “silver” or “blue” to make it less complicated.

Materials:

18g – 3/16″ Rings in Bright Aluminum (silver) x 36
20g – 1/8″ Rings in Anodized Aluminum (blue) x 64
1 pair standard fish hook earring wires.

Prep:
Each earring requires 50 rings, and it breaks down as such: 18 silver rings and 32 blue rings.

Before I begin a new project, I like to make sure that all my rings are prepped so that I can create non-stop until I’m finished. So, if you’re anything like me, you’re going to open: All 36 Silver Rings (3/16″) and 16 Blue Rings (1/8″). You’ll then “close” the remaining 48 Blue Rings (1/8″)

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Grab your favorite pair of flat nosed pliers and we’re ready to go!
For this design, we’re going to build the middle and work our way around.

Step 1a) Pick up 8 Closed Blue Rings with an open Silver Ring. Close it.
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Step 1b. Take another Silver Ring and pass it through all of the Blue Rings. You’re going to “double” the first Silver Ring.
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Step 1c. You’re now going to add 4 more Blue (opened) Rings to the center unit, making the total number of Blue Rings 12. (side note: if we had of started with all 12 rings, there wouldn’t have been enough space for you to pass the second Silver Ring through)
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Step 2a. Pick up 4 more Blue Rings with another Silver Ring and link the Silver Ring to 2 Blue Rings from the previous Step (the middle unit). Close the Silver Ring.
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Step 2b. Take another Silver Ring and pass it through all the Blue rings (the new ones just added) doubling the Silver Ring. Close the second Silver Ring.
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Step 3a. Pick up 2 more Blue Rings with a Silver Ring, and again link that Silver Ring into 2 Blue Rings from the center unit. Close the Silver Ring.
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Step 3b. Again take a Silver Ring and pass it through all of the new Blue Rings, doubling the Silver Ring. Close that ring.
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Step 4. Continue these units until you form the Flower.
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Step 5 a & b. . You now need to add the diamond “tips”. You’ll notice that you have two hanging Blue (or floating rings) at the top of your completed flower. Take 2 more Blue Rings and add them to the adjacent Silver Rings (the ones right beside).Image

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Step 6 a & b. Repeat Step 5 a&b by adding 2 more Blue Rings to each of the Silver Rings on the bottom. Totaling another 4 Blue Rings.
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Just a quick stop: This is what your piece should look like after you have completed Step 6.
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Step 7 a & b. Pick up a Silver Ring and pass it through ALL FOUR Blue Rings on the top. (you’re now forming the “tip”). Close the Ring. Add a Second Silver Ring, passing again through all four blue rings.
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Step 8 a &b. Repeat Step 7 – but with the bottom Blue Rings.
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Et Voila! Now just add your earring wire, and you’re done! See that wasn’t so hard?!
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Now, to complete the second earring, just follow the tutorial again, and you’ll be done in no time!

Thanks so much for dropping by!

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please drop me a line. And if you know someone who could benefit from this tutorial, please share my blog!

Until next time!

Lyenne*

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Update, Update, Update!

I really need to make blogging more frequent.

Seriously – I love writing, and I love being able to interact with those of you whom follow my blog.

Well. This is all about to change. I *will* (God willing) be posting more frequently.

Over the last (who knows how long) I have been putting myself out there. Taking different online (and in person) classes on business & self improvement. Oddly enough, for me, they both go hand in hand, as I am a One Woman Show. (no, literally, I do it all myself!)

Anywhoo, throughout these classes and so on, I’ve learned a ton a valuable information that I am applying to my business, but most importantly, I’ve learned a ton about myself. I also learned that I *NEED* a schedule. I have my day to day stuff that has been ingrained into my brain. I eat sleep and workout to my regular every day work stuff. BUT all the added stuff, like Facebook & Twitter and subsequently, this blog – they usually fall by the wayside because I just don’t have (or make) the time for them. I now have one of those HUGE calendars. The ones that you see on the desk of every Doctor, Lawyer and Business Associate. I am now one of those people who *pencils things in*. Not because I like it, but because it’s a necessity. If I don’t schedule the “extra” stuff, it’s not going to get done.

Starting with this blog, I will be posting at least one to two times a week. I’m working on an awesome series (with plenty of content) that should at least get me through the next 6 months. This series is going to include TONS of Tutorials. All put together by lil ol’ me. These will mainly be Jewelry Tutorials, but occasionally I may throw in the odd recipe attempt from my wonderful Yummy Ideas Pinterest Board.

Tomorrow, will be the first (of many) Jewelry Tutorials. I’m going to show you (step by step) how to make this pair of Japanese Chainmaille Earrings! How awesome is that!

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I’m so excited about this. I love making jewelry and I’m constantly asked for help, how to’s and so on, that I decided a tutorial series would be an amazing addition to my business. And hey, if I can help y’all out, that’s even better!

Thanks for stickin’ out!

*Lyenne