Simple Earrings




Introduction: Simple Earrings

About: I'm a total perfectionist who loves making things. (Unlike everyone on Instructables, right?) I just might put my creations up here, and I appreciate any feedback you can give me. Don't be shy!

     In this Instructable I will teach you how to make earrings with beads.
It is fairly easy, and you can do many variations. No soldering involved.

Step 1: Get the Materials

For the earrings I'll show you how to make in this instructable, you'll need:

Jewelry pliers (any kind works, but be sure they are small enough, and mine have wirecutters that you'll need)
beading wire (I use 28 gauge)
at least one color of seed bead
a bigger bead for the bottom
earring holders (for this pair we'll be using ones without backs)

Step 2: Start Making Them

We will start by cutting two pieces of wire from 2-4 inches long. The longer the better. You can do this with the wire cutters inside your jewelry pliers. (Or your separate wire cutters) They may seem a bit long, but you can always cut the wire. Then, make a small closed loop on the end of the wire. Grab a large bead with your pliers, and string it on the wire. It should slide all the way down the wire, and stop at the loop. If it doesn't, your loop hole is either too small, or too loose.

Step 3: Keep Threading

Once your large bead is in place, start threading seed beads. I would string about seven. After that, comes the trickier part. (See next step)

Step 4: Attach the Wire

Once you have all of your beads strung on, you need to attach the earring back to the wire. To do this, you need to get out your earring backings. There are many ways to do this, but one of the easiest is to string the wire through the hole on the backing, and fold the wire over on itself. Then twist it around until it looks as secure as you want it. (And remember, if you need to, cut off extra wire.)
You're done!!

Step 5: Variations

 There are many variations of this pair of earrings, including the double earring. 

In this variation, make two or more of the same earring to form a more complex look.
Once you get the hang of it, you can make up your own designs really easily.

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    7 Discussions


    7 years ago

    Pretty! Great job!


    9 years ago on Step 5

    How did you get the seed beads in the inside of the big circle bead??


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Well, actually, though PuzzleJenn's comment was valid, I just bought those large blue beads as they're seen in the instructable. So if you see a seed bead inside it, I bought it that way. ;)


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

    It's really easy to explain, actually. You push the wire through the first hole in the big circle bead, then through the seed beads, then through the other hole in the big circle bead. I usually use a flocked bead board to hold them in place to slide the wire through, or just balance them on my index finger or thumb. Pinching them between thumb and forefinger may work as well, if the seed beads and 'big circle bead' are the same or similar thickness. The tricky part is lining up the holes in the seed beads with the hole in the big circle bead. :) Good luck!


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 5



    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great instructable! I like the beads that are shining from the camera flash! XD