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Chainmaille & Crystal Earrings: Lauren Andersen

This is a fun, sparkly project that would make a perfect gift for Valentine's Day. Each of the ladies in my family received a pair of these lovely Byzantine chainmaille weave and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Baroque Crystal earrings for Christmas. I made my earrings using several different colored crystal baroques and then wrapped them each and did not put names on the packages.

When it came time for the ladies to open their gifts, each one got a different color crystal and then they began to trade with each other for the colors that they liked! We all had so much fun!

The earrings are very easy to make. Take a pair of ear wires and work your section of the Byzantine chainmaille weave directly off of the wires. Attach a Baroque Crystal to the end of the weave using a jump ring. Repeat for a matching earring, and then you’ve just created a gorgeous pair of blingy earrings using one of my favorite techniques!

The instructions for the Byzantine chainmaille weave are in my book “Basics of Chain Maille,” available at your local bead shop or on my website

Lauren Andersen
Beadalon Design Team Member