Today I have a special edition of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)! Introduction to Making Earrings!
In this episode you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started with making earrings plus a simple earring tutorial.
Watch the video:
The generally accepted gauge of wire for making earring wires is 20 gauge. Since you’re making your own earrings if that feels too thick for you you can always try 22 gauge and experiment so that you feel comfortable.
You may use other wire when creating earrings that are other gauges as well.
If you have sensitivity to metal in your ears, for your earring wires you may need to use sterling silver. (You probably want to practice making earrings wires with less expensive wire before switching over to sterling silver.)
If you don’t have any allergies to metal, you probably can use any wire.
Alternatively, you can simply purchase earring wires at your favorite supply store. Again, if you have metal allergies, look for sterling silver or you may be able to use surgical steal earring wires.
The main concern when you’re making earrings is the weight of the earrings. You don’t want anything too heavy that will pull on your ears and be uncomfortable.
If you’re making earrings for yourself, you can make them as heavy as you like, but still be careful not to make them too heavy.
If you’re making earrings for someone else, make them as light as you can.
That being said, using large heavy beads isn’t the best idea for earrings, but use your own judgment. That goes for anything else that you might add to your earrings.
Simple Earrings Tutorial
Next I’ll show you how to make a simple pair of earrings. First you’ll find a step-by-step tutorial to make your own earring wires. They’re pretty simple to make, but you don’t have to make your own earring wires. You can buy they already made at a jewelry supply store.
Tools and Materials:
20 gauge half-hard, round wire
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Sharpie or other marker to bend around
Rawhide, nylon or hard plastic hammer and steel block (optional)
Cut 2 pieces of wire approximately 3 inches long. It doesn’t matter exactly how long they are, just that they are exactly the same length.
Flush cut both ends of each wire. To make a flush cut use the back of most wire cutters toward the work (or what you’re leaving behind.)
Now we’ll make a loop on one end of the wires. You learned how to make a loop in the “3 Tips” as well. Hold the wire in round nose pliers. The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through. Use the tip of your round nose pliers because we just want to make a small loop.
Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around pliers. When you have twisted as far as your wrist will allow, readjust the wire and pliers and complete the loop. Repeat for the other wire.
Bend the wires around a Sharpie or other pen or marker to form a hook. I find it helpful to do both wires at one time so they’re the same.
The end with the loop will be shorter than the other end.
Use chain nose pliers to make a bend in the wires approximately at the same spot as the loop on the other side of the hook.
Trim off any excess wire making a flush cut.
Use a file or burr cup to file the end of the wire so it’s not sharp but rounded.
Harden the earring wire with a nylon, rawhide or hard plastic hammer. This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but will make your earring wires sturdier.
Now we’ll make a bead dangle to place on the earring wires to make a simple pair of earrings.
Tools and Materials:
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Bent nose pliers
Slide a bead onto a headpin.
Hint: Check to see if your bead will stay on the headpin or if the stopper on the headpin is smaller than the hole in your bead. If it slides off, you can either add a smaller bead like a seed bead first and then your larger bead or make your own decorative headpin that will hold the bead on.
(You can find free tutorials on my website for decorative headpins such as knotted headpins or spiral headpins.)
Hold the headpin approximately ¼ inch above the bead in round nose pliers.
Wrap the headpin around your round nose pliers to form a loop.
The loop will be off-center. To center it hold the loop in chain nose pliers and wrap around one time while pulling the bead out straight.
Make 2 additional wraps keeping them close together and straight.
Trim off any excess wire making a flush cut.
Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.
Repeat to make a second matching bead dangle.
Open an earring wire.
Place the bead dangle in the loop and close it.
Ways to customize these simple earrings:
Add extra bead dangles to your earring wires.
Use fun beads! (These are paper beads.)
Add more than one bead on the headpin. I stacked disc beads for this pair of earrings.
These earrings have several gemstone beads and use spiral headpins, but it’s the same basic technique.
For these earrings, I used spiral headpins and then added a couple charms to the earring wires as well.
Earrings are a quick way to express yourself and your creativity.
They don’t take a lot of time to make.
You can express your creativity when you’re actually making them.
Plus, they have the bonus feature that you can express your creativity when you’re wearing your one-of-a-kind creations as well.
(Plus the bragging rights and confidence building of “Oh, you love these? I made them!”)
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For a quick tip to make all of your wire wrapped loops uniform for this project, click here.
First we will make a bunch of bead dangles. I used 8 bead dangles on each earring for a total of 16. You may want to adjust the number of bead dangles to make your earrings longer or shorter.
First slide a bead onto a headpin.
Hold the headpin in round nose pliers about 1/4″ above the bead. Line up the wire vertically with the mark you make on your round nose pliers to make your loops uniform. (See quick tip here for more about that.)
Note: these beads are different shapes and sizes and this can be kind of awkward. Just do your best.
Wrap the headpin around the round nose pliers to form a loop.
The loop will not be centered on the top of the bead, so we’ll fix that now.
Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around once and while doing that pull the bead out straight.
Wrap around 2 more times.
Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut. (Use the back of most wire cutters toward what you’re cutting to make a nice straight cut.)
Open up 16 jump rings. You’ll need 8 for each earring.
For how to open a jump ring, click here for a quick video or see the episode video above.
If you have any gemstone chip bead dangles that are larger than the rest, start with that one. Place the bead dangle on a jump ring and close it.
Place the jump ring you just closed into an open jump ring.
Add a bead dangle to that jump ring and close it.
Continue the process of adding an open jump ring and a bead dangle to the last jump ring you closed until you add all 8 bead dangles.
For the last one, allow the bead to go to the side and use that jump ring to attach to the earring wire.
Hints: As you’re adding bead dangles take note of which side they fall on. You could end up with all of the bead dangles on one side if you’re not careful. Just make sure to check before adding the next jump ring.
I like to use a headpin or a piece of wire to hold the last jump ring because otherwise it can get confusing.
Open an earring wire. It’s similar to opening a jump ring.
Add the last jump ring to the loop in the earring wire and close the earring wire.
Repeat all the steps for the second earring!
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Hi and welcome to a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!
Today I’ll show you how to make these sweet earrings with gemstones and a wire wrapped faux knot technique.
Here’s the video episode:
Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:
These are step-by-step photo instructions of the exact same tutorial that’s in the video.
Materials and Tools:
Gemstone chips (or two matching beads)
20 gauge, half-hard, round wire, any metal
Chain nose pliers
Sharpie or other round pen to bend the wire around
Jewelry file or wire rounder
Note: I’ll show you how to make one earring and then you can just repeat the steps for the second earring. I suggest doing each step to each earring along the way.
Cut 2 pieces of wire to 5″ each.
Flush cut the ends of the wire. (Use the back or flat part of the wire cutters toward the part you are cutting.)
Bend the wire about 2″ from the end.
Pinch the bend closed with chain nose pliers or I like to use a crimp tool.
Hold the bend in chain nose pliers and bend up the shorter wire.
Wrap the wire around making a fake knot. You can be as messy or neat as you like.
Trim off any excess wire with wire cutters, making a flush cut.
Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end is not sticking out.
Slide on 7 gemstone chip beads or whatever beads you’d like. (Just make sure that the beads aren’t too heavy for your ears.
You should have both earrings down up to this step before continuing.
Make sure they’re the same length and trim if you need to.
Make a bend in the wire wrapping both earrings around a sharpie or other marker. Place the marker as close to the beads as you can when wrapping the wire around.
Use your chain nose pliers to make a little bend in the end of the wire.
Use a wire rounder or jewelry file to round the end of the wire.
And those are the completed earrings!
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Slide a bead on your 20 gauge wire. Leave about 3″ of wire on each side of the bead and cut the wire.
Center the bead on the wire. Cross the wire over in the top, middle of the bead.
Twist the wire once.
If your wires ended up being two different lengths, use the longer one for this step. If they’re the same length, it doesn’t matter which wire you use.
Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers just above the twist you made.
Wrap the wire toward you and around the pliers in between the twist and the pliers forming a loop.
The loop will probably be off center and you want it centered in the middle of the bead. I straighten the loop by holding the loop in chain nose pliers and while I wrap the wire around one time I straighten the loop so it’s centered.
Now I switch hands and continue wrapping a few times with the first wire.
Then wrap around a few times with the other wire. Go in the direction that the wire wants to go.
Keep your wraps close together and straight as possible.
Trim off any excess wire.
Make sure your wire ends are not poking out using your chain nose pliers to make sure they’re pushed in.
Repeat for all 4 beads.
Open up earring wires and add the beads. I added the longer bead first and the shorter one in the front.
Close the earring wires.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful!
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