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July 18, 2011

DIY Earrings

Because I'm not dans le (in the) townhouse right now, I have been forced to abandon home-related projects temporarily.  But idle hands make me fidgety, so I whipped up some jewellery this weekend.  What can I say?  I am DIY obsessed.  I even attended a wedding and still found time to craft (and yard sale!) 

Throwing any shred of modesty to the wind, I am now going to brag and tell you that I am often complimented on my DIY'd baubles but no one believes how easy it can be to make jewellery.  So I'm giving away my jewellery making "secrets" and outlining, step-by-step, how to make a pair of earrings.  You won't even need special tools - I use the same needle-nose pliers I use around the house!  


Supplies:
  • 2 straight pins (a straight pin has a flat end)
  • 2 eye pins (an eye pin has a loop at one end)
  • 4 swarovski beads
  • 2 flat shell beads (coin pearls would also work)
  • 6 donut shaped beads
  • 2 earrings hooks
  • Pair of needle nose pliers (some people use round nose pliers)

Supplies.

Thread the beads for the top section onto the eye pin.



Using wire cutters (or needle-nose pliers), trim the excess wire.


Using needle nose pliers, bend the wire 90 degrees right above the beads.  This helps create a nice round loop (see next step) instead of a squashed loop.


Holding the beads firmly in place, gently shape the wire into a circle, working away from the 90 degree angle you just created. 


Before closing the loop, hook the eye pin to the earring hook.  Once attached, gently close the loop.


Repeat the process for the second part of the earring.  Before closing the loop, attach to the first section of the earring.



And that is it!  The hardest part is "designing" the earring.  I can agonize over bead selection for hours but the process of assembly is pretty quick and easy.


The same technique can be applied to make various styles of earrings.  Beads and findings can really change the look.  I made a pair for a friend that looks totally different (for Christmas - how crazy am I?  I don't celebrate Christmas but my friend loves the gift exchange so I make an exception for her).


Already in a gift box and everything.


Another pair I made for myself.  I am trying to wear bolder earrings because my hair is so long it hides the dainty styles I previously made, unless I wrangle my hair into a pony-tail.


One last tip: try an independent bead shop because you can buy smaller quantities and individual stones.  I handpicked many of the stones I used and only bought the two I needed.  Sometimes big boxes craft stores demand that you buy a whole string or bag of beads which can be costly if you only need a few.
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10 comments

  1. Wow, that's great! Well done. I love the blue-grey beads.

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  2. Thanks! I didn't like the grey at first - I have had the glass beads forever. But they really suited the orange shell, I thought. I'm trying to slowly add a bit more colour to my wardrobe and accessories are the best way!

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  3. I love the tutorial. I made a couple of necklaces a while back, but will definitely be trying these earrings. Thanks for the detailed tutorial.

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  4. Thanks Beatrice! I made a necklace using this same technique that I plan to blog about this week or next.

    I would love to see the fabulous jewellery that you whip up! I know it will be something spectacular.

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  5. I love this tutorial! Super easy to follow and the teacher couldn't be lovelier.

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  6. WOW!!! I love this, I have been wanting to make earrings and other jewelry for a while now. I have the stuff to do it but it looked like it would take so long. Now you showed how easy it can be and fun!!! I'm so excited to start now, thank you so much for sharing they are all beautiful!!!!

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    1. I'm so happy this tutorial for useful for you! I think you'll find that it's really easy and lots of fun. Happy crafting (and if you want to show me what you've made, that would be totally awesome!)

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  7. Lovely DIY earrings. Thanks for the tutorial.
    I shared this article on my site.

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