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Caged pearl earrings

Add beads to chain mail with this easy technique

I love the “caged” or captured look in chain mail — it takes a second look to see what’s going on. It’s a great way to incorporate beads and color, giving added dimension to chain mail jewelry. I find it helpful to use Swarovski pearls because of their consistent size and colors.

What you’ll need

  • 2 10 mm pearls
  • 2 4 mm pearls
  • 2 11⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) decorative head pins
  • 8 10 mm (ID) 16-gauge jump rings
  • 2 7 mm (ID) 16-gauge jump rings
  • 6 6 mm (ID) 16-gauge jump rings
  • 4 4.5 mm (ID) 16-gauge jump rings
  • pair of earring wires
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Jump rings from Chainweavers, 304.997.4647, Earring wires from Unkamen Supplies,


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Step 1
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Step 2

1. Open all the jump rings. For each earring: On a decorative head pin, string a bead. Make a wrapped loop. Attach the bead unit to a 7 mm jump ring and close the jump ring.

2. Close a 4.5 mm jump ring. Slide two 10 mm jump rings through the jump ring from step 1 and the closed 4.5 mm jump ring. Close the jump rings.


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Step 3
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Step 4

3. Slide two 10 mm jump rings through the previous pair of 10 mm jump rings. Close the jump rings.

4. Spread apart the top pair of 10 mm jump rings, keeping the jump rings from step 2 centered between them. Spread apart the previous pair of 10 mm jump rings.

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Step 5
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Step 6

5. Place a 10 mm pearl in the center of the jump rings. Close the top pair of jump rings up and over the pearl. Slide three 6 mm jump rings through the top pair of 10 mm jump rings to encase the pearl.

6. Use a 4.5 mm jump ring to attach the three 6 mm jump rings and the loop of an earring wire.

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