For the last few days I did not post anything because I was too busy creating this necklace and earring set which took almost 5 whole days. The necklace just kept going on and on, but I persisted and got to 45.5cm (18"), but the earrings were another matter. I intended them to be a full circle and joining the ends was not a problem; the problem was they did not look anything like circles, they were very lopsided. So I had to remove a lot of rings to just give me a half circle and then I created half hoops out of the same wire, hammered them flat and then attached them to the chainmaille pieces and finally put the earwires (same wire again) on. I must say I like the look of them, and they are not as heavy as a full circle would have been. What makes this set different are the captured 4mm Swarovski crystals, placed at regular intervals. Not obvious but sparkling here or there as the light reflects.
If anyone wants to know the technique how to achieve this look, please leave a comment and I will get back to you.