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.

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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.


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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Introduction to Making Earrings

Jewelry Making Quick Tip: How to Use Wire Cutters

Using Wire Cutters

Have you ever had the problem that your cuts are always pointy?

You’re not alone because I get this question a lot.

The answer is so simple.

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New eWorkshop! Decorative Bead Dangle Bracelet

Decorative Bead Dangle eWorkshop

I have a brand new eWorkshop!  The Decorative Bead Dangle Bracelet eWorkshop.

You’ll learn how to make a fun decorative bead dangle and then put them together to make a unique bracelet.

This workshop is great for building your confidence in your wire wrapping abilities because you’ll be repeating the process over and over again with the bead dangles.

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Gemstone Nugget Pendant

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Make this quick and simple pendant, add it to a cord or chain and you have a beautiful necklace.

I like to make my chain long for an easy, flowing look.  You can use a shorter chain to really show off the pendant more.

You may remember this technique from the Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace Tutorial that I shared previously.  If you’re looking for more of a challenge or a bigger project, check that out.

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Tools and Materials:

Step #1

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Cut approximately 10 inches of wire.

If you use the same gemstone nuggets I linked to above, you will need about 10 inches.  The length will vary if you use a different size than I did.

Step #2

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1 1/2 inches from the top.

Step #3

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the short end around one barrel of round nose pliers.

Step #4

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Take the wire off your round nose pliers.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #5

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The loop will be off-center at this point and we want to center it.  To do this I wrap the short end of the wire around the longer one and at the same time pull the longer wire out straight, which centers the loop.

Step #6

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around two more times.  Keep your wraps straight and close together.

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hint:  If your wraps are not close, use chain nose pliers to pull them close to each other.

Step #7

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Using chain nose pliers, push in the end to make sure it’s not poking out.

Step #9

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Slide a large quartz nugget gemstone onto the wire.

Step #10

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Pull the wire back up across the bead.

We’ll just have wire on one side of the bead, so choose which side you would like to have as the front.

Step #11

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around the previous wraps you made a few times.

Step #12

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut and make sure the end is not poking out.

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Simply slide this onto a cord or chain of your choice and you have a necklace!

Hint:  Use your chain nose pliers to position the loop on top so that the pendant hangs correctly on the the chain or cord.

Alternatively, you could use a jump ring to attach the pendant to a chain, which is what I did.  You can either attach a jump ring and slide the jump ring over the chain or attach it with the jump ring to a link in the chain.

Have fun and be creative!

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ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

See my beach inspiration from an art journal page to a piece of jewelry and learn how to make a beaded hoop pendant. You can make it beachy like I did or use any beads you like!

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

Materials and Tools:

  • Beads of your choice **
  • 20 gauge half-hard, round wire, any metal you like
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Something cylindrical to form your hoop around.  I used a small candle, but you can use anything that’s the size you’d like for your pendant to be.  You could use a large size on your ring mandrel.
  • Cord or chain to put your pendant on

** I used beads from a thrifted necklace.  They were small wooden beads.  This will work with any beads you like.

Beach Themed Art Journal Page

I took my inspiration for this pendant from the colors and theme of the art journal page I shared last week.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Wrap the wire around your cylindrical object.  Leave a total of 3 inches or more excess wire.  (1 1/2″ on each side past the point where the wires cross.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Add beads to the wire.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Twist the wire once.  Make sure that the beads are close to the bend so that it looks like a continuous hoop of beads.

Toubleshooting:  In the video I actually messed up this part leaving a break in the beads and fixed it, so if you have any problems make sure to watch the video.

Hint:  At any time if your loop gets out of shape, just put it back around your cylindrical object to make it a circle again.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around to form a loop.

Hint:  If one of your wires is longer than the other, use that wire.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  The loop may be off center, so straighten it as you wrap the wire around once.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Wrap the wire around 2 more times. Wrap the other wire around a couple of times.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the ends are not poking out.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Use your chain nose pliers to twist the loop so that you can thread a cord or chain through and wear your new pendant.

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Other ideas:

  • Make a pair and make earrings!
  • Use any beads you like.
  • Try any size hoop.
  • Try other shapes.

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ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial