Gearrings: Steampunk Earrings




Steampunk earrings made from watch gears make a fun addition to any steampunk outfit, or a nice subtle pair of earrings for everyday wear.

These are pretty inexpensive to make, and you can put them together in about half an hour if you've made jewelry before. But be warned, it's kind of a loosey goosey process, so you might need to try a few different configurations until you're happy--the final product for this Instructable were my third try!


Step 1: Supplies

Here's what you'll need:

Watch gears (try Ebay--I got a little tin of about 50 gears for $12)
Earring hardware: ear wires, posts, jump rings
Tools: assorted jewelry pliers, wire clips

Step 2: Start Your Post

Bend a ring onto the end of your post and attach your first gear.

Easiest way to bend a ring: about 1/4" from the end of your post, bend the wire into a right angle. Then use round pliers to grasp the end of the wire and bend it back into a ring.

Step 3: Add Gears

Keep adding gears, hands and other bits. I did this by bending the post into more rings and adding each bit, then tightening the ring. Experiment to see what you think looks best.

You can also thread watch bits onto the post by using jump rings (or creating jump rings by bending a ring from a wire post and clipping it off).

Step 4: Attach to Ear Wire

When you're done adding gears, bend a final ring into the post as an attachment point. Then take your ear wire, bend it open, and slip the post onto the ear wire. Close and tighten.

Step 5: Make a Match

Make your second earring to roughly match your first.

Step 6: All Done!

That's it! Enjoy your stylish new earrings.

Since these were for the gift exchange, I made a little cardboard/paper backing for them to look presentable. Just find a picture you like, glue it to some cardboard and poke holes for the earrings.



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    4 years ago

    Fabulous off to take to bits my old broken watches, glad xxx now I kept them


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I have made a handmade collection of unique watch part earrings. My site is called or visit DecoGear at facebook.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    i love watch parts. (: but they are so small that it is difficult to work with them and also to find projects that show them off because of how small their detail is

    Fayrine Nina

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Woahh!Its really cool! Thank you very much for sharing it! Can you tell me where did you get the earring hardware(except ebay)

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    izzyinsfFayrine Nina

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    The watch parts came from eBay, the earring hardware itself came from a couple of local bead shops... in SF, General Bead is great. No matter where you live it shouldn't be too hard to find a craft or bead shop that sells ear wires and posts.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! I'll definitely be making some! Thanks for sharing!


    Nice, this gives me an idea of making some steampunk hair decorations for my dreadlocks.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Those are really cool, my wife and I have both started getting into the steampunk style and I am sure she'll get a kick out of those. Thanks for sharing!