Introduction: Head Pin Branch Earrings
These fun, dangly earrings have a lot of movement when worn and look much harder to make than they really are. Depending on the materials you choose, you can make them very cheaply. Or you can make a special pair of more expensive, elegant earrings. You can easily change the look by using different head pins and beads.
Step 1: Video Instructions
Step 2: What You Need
Head pins - 10 per pair
Beads (make sure they fit on the head pins) - 10 per pair
Seed beads if needed - 10 per pair
Ear wires of your choice
Round nose pliers
Flat nose pliers
Wire cutters (only if your head pins are too long)
Step 3: The First Branch
String one bead on to one head pin. Make sure the bead doesn't slip over the head. If it does, you can fix this by stringing a seed bead on first, as shown.
Then bend about 8mm of the head pin tail end at a 90 degree angle.
Use your round nose pliers to make a loop out of the "tail" and use the flat nose pliers to fine tune the loop.
Step 4: The Second Branch
String a second head pin the same way as the first.
Put the end of the second head pin through the loop you just made.
Hold by the end of the unlooped head pin.
Bend the second head pin at a 90 degree angle while still attached to the first head pin.
Proceed to make a loop just as in the previous step.
Step 5: The Rest of the Branches
Continue making branches until you have used 5 head pins.
When you pick up the chain of branches, they will hang in a zig-zag pattern.
Step 6: Add Ear Wires
Open one ear wire loop by grabbing it with your flat nosed pliers and twisting to the side. Just a couple of millimeters will do. Attach the last branch loop and close the ear wire loop. One earring is done!
Repeat the whole process to make the second earring for a fabulous pair.
Step 7: Experiment
Here are some ideas:
Try different beads and head pin sizes.
Try adding more beads or mixing up beads on different branches.
TIP: Pearls look amazing with this technique.
Change the earring length by adding or subtracting branches.
Try different ear wires.
Above all, have fun!
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