Coffee Bean Earrings





Introduction: Coffee Bean Earrings

Peak up your ears with super-cute coffee bean earrings : )

Step 1: Materials and Tools

I'm not always a fan of shiny silver jewelry, but in this case, bright silver sets off the coffee bean more nicely than a matte or gunmetal finish.

2 Coffee beans
2 Crystal beads (4 mm)
2 Silver hook wires
2 Silver bails
2 Silver headpins or wire (20 gauge)

Shellac (or another type of finish if you prefer)
Denatured Alcohol

Dremel with 1/32" bit
Rounded pliers
Wire cutters
Metal file

Step 2: Drill Beans

Use Dremel to drill tiny holes close to the end of each bean.  Even if you are very careful, plan on having a few break!

Step 3: Shellac

Adding a finish to the beans will not only add a shine, but will also preserve and strengthen the little guys.
  • Mix shellac with denatured alcohol, stir and allow to sit for a few hours before using.
  • Hang each bean from a thin wire and dip into shellac
  • Allow to dry for 20 minutes and dip again
  • Repeat 3 - 5 times

Step 4: Crystal Bead

  • Use round pliers to shape one end of a headpin into nearly a complete circle
  • Add crystal bead
  • Cut
  • File end if needed
  • Shape other end - leaving the circle a little bit open for the next step

Step 5: Assemble Earrings

Simply connect all the pieces...
  • Place piece from Step 4 on hook
  • Attach bail to the other end
  • Hold bail with pliers and line up with the hole drilled through the coffee bean
  • Gently close bail with pliers, leaving enough space to allow bean to move a little



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    These are so cute!! :D I wanna try making them for my mom, but I can't figure out about the bails, do you know another name for them or something? I'm Danish, and I really can't figure out what they're called... Can't even find the right things when I look at English sites?

    they are called pinch bails and you can find all kinds on ebay

    The earring are really cool! I know a few people who will love them. But I have to say, I love the mug! Good to see other supporters of Democracy Now!

    Here the are ! The are awesom thanks for sharing !


    This is such a cute idea!

    What a great idea! They are so cute!

    Rather than the expense of shellac try clear nail varnish - even comes with a brush!

    That would be easier, I just like shellac : )

    If using nail polish, I'd hang them up to dry rather than set them out, so they won't stick.