Are you tired of trying to find a pair of earrings to match your outfit? If you make your own, you don’t have to look too far! With a few simple tools, and about 15 minutes of your time, you can make a pair of earrings that will match any outfit you own! Below you will find a list of supplies, the steps, and some suggestions on materials to use and where to buy them.
• Ear Wires
• Wire Cutters
• Round Nose Pliers
• Flat Nose Pliers
For ear wires, I prefer to use Sterling Silver. They’re a little nicer than the stainless steel options out there, and not much more expensive. To me, they are worth the extra few cents. As far as headpins, I don’t find it necessary to buy sterling silver. I do make sure I use lead free and nickel free ones, though. The tools I use aren’t the most expensive. If you are just starting out, you can buy a set of mini versions of these tools at your local craft store (I bought mine at A.C. Moore). As for beads, I used two kinds in the pair of earrings pictured-vintage lucite rounds and Swarovski crystals. These are a bit on the pricey side, but you can use any round & bicone beads you can find. Glass beads are a great substitute, and can be found at your local craft or bead store. The rounds I used were 5mm, 6mm, and 8mm, and the crystals were all 4mm bicones.
Step 1: On a headpin, place the beads in the order you’d like. I put them on in this order: blue crystal, blue 8mm round, green crystal, yellow 6mm round, pink crystal, pink 5mm round, and clear crystal.
Step 2: Using your flat nose pliers, make a right angle bend about ¼ of an inch up from where the beads end. Using the round nose pliers, make a simple loop. Use the wire cutters to cut the excess wire, and then use the flat nose pliers to flatten the loop.
Step 3: Using the round nose pliers, open the loop of the ear wire. Place the loop of the beaded headpin onto the ear wire, and close the ear wire. Repeat these steps to make the second earring.
Do you want a more secure loop for your headpin? Try a wrapped loop, which takes just a bit more patience and skill. Once you get the hang of it though, it’s really simple. I think the wrapped loop gives earrings a more finished appearance, but the choice is yours. Click here for a great video tutorial on making wrapped loops.
You can also make even simpler versions of earrings by using just one larger bead (like the 8mm round) and a smaller bead (such as a bicone crystal, a seed bead, or metal spacer bead). There are many beads on the market, from glass to lucite to gemstones and more. Beads come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The possibilities are endless. The technique is all the same-the only thing that changes is the bead(s) you use!
Sources for materials used:
Sterling Silver Ear Wires: www.toocutebeads.com
Headpins: Nicole Crafts, A.C. Moore
Vintage Lucite & Swarovski Crystals: The Beadin’ Path