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.
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.
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.
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″)
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 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)
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).
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.
Now, to complete the second earring, just follow the tutorial again, and you’ll be done in no time!
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Until next time!