How to Make Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Want to add a little something extra to your earring wires?

Learn how to make earring wires with beads and then you can customize your next pair of earrings even more!

Watch the video tutorial:

Earring Wires with Beads

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are the same instructions as the video, but in photos.

Tools and Materials:

  • 20 gauge half-hard wire
  • 2 beads
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Sharpie or something cylindrical to form a bend around (I used my ring mandrel)
  • Jewelry file or burr cup

Step #1

Earring Wires with Beads

Cut 2 pieces of wire.  I cut mine 2 1/2 inches long, but you can make them longer or shorter depending how large you’d like your earring wires.

Just make sure they’re the same length.

Step #2

Earring Wires with Beads

Make sure each end has a flush cut.  (To make a flush cut, use the back/flat side of your wire cutters toward the “work” or your project.)

Step #3

Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Make a loop at the end of each wire.

To make a loop: hold the wire in round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through. Twist your wrist away from you forming a loop in the wire.

Step #4

Earring Wires with Beads

Slide a bead on each wire.

Step #5

Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Line up the wires and then bend them around something cylindrical (such as a sharpie or the small end of your ring mandrel.)

Step #6

Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Hold the earring wires together and make an outward bend at the end of the wire using chain nose pliers.

Step #7

Earring Wires with Beads

Round the end of the wire with a jewelry file, burr cup or wire rounder.

Earring Wires with Beads

Optional:  You can hammer the earring wires to harden the wire with a rawhide or nylon hammer.  Just make sure to hold the bead off to the side of your steel block or anvil.

Now you have super cute earring wires to use in your earring designs!  Just customize them with a bead that matches the earrings you create!


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ECT TV Episode 71: Introduction to Making Earrings

Intro to Making Earrings

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:

 

Wire:

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.

Metal:

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.

Beads:

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.

Earring Wires

Tools and Materials:

  • 20 gauge half-hard, round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Sharpie or other marker to bend around
  • Jewelry file
  • Rawhide, nylon or hard plastic hammer and steel block (optional)

Step #1

Earring Wires

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.

Step #2

Earring Wires

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.)

Step #3

Earring Wires

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.

Step #4

Earring Wires

Earring Wires

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.

Step #5

Earring Wires

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.

Step #6

Earring Wires

Earring Wires

Earring Wires

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.

Step #7

Earring Wires

Trim off any excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

Earring Wires

Use a file or burr cup to file the end of the wire so it’s not sharp but rounded.

Step #9

Earring Wires

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.

Earring Wires

Now we’ll make a bead dangle to place on the earring wires to make a simple pair of earrings.

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Tools and Materials:

  • Bead
  • Headpin
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

Simple Earrings

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.)

Step #2

Simple Earrings

Hold the headpin approximately ¼ inch above the bead in round nose pliers.

Step #3

Simple Earrings

Wrap the headpin around your round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

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.

Step #5

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Make 2 additional wraps keeping them close together and straight.

Step #6

Simple Earrings

Trim off any excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #7

Simple Earrings

Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Repeat to make a second matching bead dangle.

Step #8

Simple Earrings

Open an earring wire.

Step #9

Simple Earrings

Place the bead dangle in the loop and close it.

Simple Earrings


Ways to customize these simple earrings:

 

Dangle Earrings

Add extra bead dangles to your earring wires.

Paper Bead Earrings

Use fun beads!  (These are paper beads.)

How to Make Dangle Earrings

Add more than one bead on the headpin.  I stacked disc beads for this pair of earrings.

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip Earrings

These earrings have several gemstone beads and use spiral headpins, but it’s the same basic technique.

Layered Wire Wrapped Earrings

For these earrings, I used spiral headpins and then added a couple charms to the earring wires as well.


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  • 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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ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Today I have a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

In this episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, learn how to make Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings.

You’ll learn:

  • How to make a bead dangle (a/k/a a wire wrapped loop on a headpin with a bead),
  • How to open and close jump rings and
  • How to put it together to make a beautiful pair of earrings.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are the step-by-step photo instructions of the same tutorials that’s in the video.

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • Gemstone chip beads (You’ll need about 16, depending on long you want to make your earrings) I used Amazonite Chip Gemstone Beads
  • Headpins – 1 for each bead (use pre-made from the store or learn how to make spiral and knotted headpins here)
  • Jump rings – any size will work, 1 for each bead (I used 7mm)
  • Earring Wires (learn how to make your own earring wires here)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

For a quick tip to make all of your wire wrapped loops uniform for this project, click here.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

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.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

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.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Wrap the headpin around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

The loop will not be centered on the top of the bead, so we’ll fix that now.

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around once and while doing that pull the bead out straight.

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Wrap around 2 more times.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

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.)

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.  (Tucking in the wire tip.)

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Repeat to make 16 bead dangles.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

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.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

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.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Place the jump ring you just closed into an open jump ring.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Add a bead dangle to that jump ring and close it.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

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.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Open an earring wire.  It’s similar to opening a jump ring.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Add the last jump ring to the loop in the earring wire and close the earring wire.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Repeat all the steps for the second earring!

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings


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ECT TV Episode 57: Beaded Earrings with Wire Wrapped Knot

ECT TV Episode 57

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:

ECT TV Episode 57

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are step-by-step photo instructions of the exact same tutorial that’s in the video.

ECT TV Episode 57

Materials and Tools:

  • Gemstone chips (or two matching beads)
  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire, any metal
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Ruler
  • 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.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 57

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.)

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 57

Bend the wire about 2″ from the end.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 57

Pinch the bend closed with chain nose pliers or I like to use a crimp tool.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 57

ECT TV Episode 57

ECT TV Episode 57

Hold the bend in chain nose pliers and bend up the shorter wire.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 57

ECT TV Episode 57

Wrap the wire around making a fake knot.  You can be as messy or neat as you like.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 57

Trim off any excess wire with wire cutters, making a flush cut.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 57

Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end is not sticking out.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 57

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.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 57

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.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 57

Use your chain nose pliers to make a little bend in the end of the wire.

ECT TV Episode 57

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 57

Use a wire rounder or jewelry file to round the end of the wire.

ECT TV Episode 57

And those are the completed earrings!

ECT TV Episode 57

ECT TV Episode 57

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ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Bead Earrings

ECT TV Episode 53: Sided Drilled Beaded Earrings

Hi and welcome to another episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I’ll teach you how to wire wrap side drilled beads and then make a fun pair of earrings!

Here’s today’s video episode:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are step-by-step photo instructions of the exact same tutorial that’s in the video, except in photos.

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 4 Beads.  I used beads from Michaels, but you can use any beads that are side drilled.
  • Earring wires or make your own earring wires
  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Slide a bead on your 20 gauge wire.  Leave about 3″ of wire on each side of the bead and cut the wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Center the bead on the wire.  Cross the wire over in the top, middle of the bead.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Twist the wire once.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

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.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Wrap the wire toward you and around the pliers in between the twist and the pliers forming a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

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.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

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.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Make sure your wire ends are not poking out using your chain nose pliers to make sure they’re pushed in.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Repeat for all 4 beads.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

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.

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

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