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.
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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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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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September has been Earrings Every Day Month here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials. Each day we’ve been making a pair of earrings. I’ve been showing you what I’ve been making (links below) here on my blog.
The end of a month long project is always so bittersweet, isn’t it?
On one hand, I’m proud of all the earrings I’ve made. I had so much fun and creative inspiration the entire month.
On the other hand, I’m sad it’s over. It’s become such a part of my daily routine to make earrings each day.
Simultaneously with this project, I’ve been doing a daily scrapbooking project as well this month. And it feels so weird that both are over.
But the thing about it is it doesn’t actually have to be over. I can keep making jewelry every day and I can keep scrapbooking each day, too. And I just might do that. 🙂
I wanted to share my last couple of earrings from Earrings Every Day Month/Earrings eCourse.
Day 29: Chain and Bead Teardrop Earrings
These earrings were a new edition for the 2015 Earrings eCourse and so much fun to make!
The beads are beads are from a necklace that I took apart that I got at a used jewelry sale. (I used beads from the same necklace for these earrings, too.)
I made my own earring wires as usual. That’s something I’m finding I did more often this year. I think I used earrings I made myself for all of the earrings this year instead of using any store purchased.
I chose to just use a variety of randomly colored beads, just pulling out beads from a bag of multicolored beads I had.
I used brass wire and, of course, made my own earring wires.
Well, that concludes Earrings Every Day Month for another year!
If you are in Earrings eCourse, you have continued access the the class and can keep on making earrings with the tutorials. And if you are an Earrings Every Day participant with either the paid (Earrings eCourse) or free version and feel “behind,” just keep on going. You can still make earrings. Don’t feel behind.
If you missed out this year, don’t worry! There will be Earrings Every Day Month again in September 2016!
We’re in the home stretch of Earrings Every Day Month! If you missed it this year, I’m so sorry, but you can watch for it again in September 2016!
The idea is to make a pair of earrings each day for the month of September. (Sorry that the daily inspirational email is closed now to new participants, as well as the Earrings eCourse that goes along with it with tutorials every day. These will reopen next year!)
If you still want to participate, you can simply challenge yourself every day for a month. It doesn’t have to be earrings necessarily, but earrings are (usually) quick to make and you can feel creative in a short period of time.
Day 27: Weaving
This isn’t particularly what you think of when you think of weaving wire, but people do call this technique weaving, so that’s what I’m calling it.
I repurposed these beads from an old necklace I got at a flea market a while back. It was a long necklace, so it had lots of beads. I chose the colors because it’s autumn and I’m trying to embrace it. (It’s difficult for me. I am a summer person.)