Basic Earring Tutorial for beginners

Supplies:

Some type of pliers. You will see what I used from the photo, but for the basic stuff you really can you a variety of types.
Pliers to cut the wire (this is small wire so for beginners you may be able to find stuff around the house cheap, use coupons, or even harbor freight or in the hardware section as very similar tools)
Beads of your choice
Earring hooks
Wire (gauge and color/type is of your choice, I usually use around 18-22 gauge.
Felt square (optional but great way to keep the beads from rolling away!)

Directions:

1.  Lay-out your earring design on the felt square first.  This is a lot easier to do before you put the beads on the wire. It is best to always use a small bead for the bottom or a pendant/charm of some sort that has a hole on the top.

Designed laid out on felt square

Designed laid out on felt square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Cut a piece of wire about an inch or so longer than your bead strand (you may want to go longer for your first few times.

3. Now there are a few ways to do the bottom of the bead row.
a. Create a loop on the end of one wire large enough for the last bead to not go through it.
b. Make a loop around the bottom bead. To do this put the bead about 1/2″ from one end of the wire, bend the wire up over the bead and then twist the end of the wire over the wire that is through the bead. Your next bead should be able to go over where the wire is twisted so you don’t see this part.
c. Have a pendant or some type of bead/charm that has a hole on the top of it. Put the end of the wire through the hole and do the same thing as in “b”.

Option "a". Create a loop with the wire larger than the hole of your bottom bead.

Option “a”. Create a loop with the wire larger than the hole of your bottom bead. *not recommended*

Option "b", use a small bead on the bottom and loop then twist the wire above it.

Option “b”, use a small bead on the bottom and loop then twist the wire above it.

Option "c", loop the wire through a hole on a 'pendant' and twist the wire tightly above it.

Option “c”, loop the wire through a hole on a ‘pendant’ and twist the wire tightly above it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Place your beads on your wire as you laid them out.

Add your beads after you have the bottom bead well anchored in place.

Add your beads after you have the bottom bead well anchored in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Grab the wire about a 1/4″ above the top bead and bend the wire down at angle.

Grab the wire 1/4" above the top bead and bend the wire down.

Grab the wire 1/4″ above the top bead and bend the wire down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Keep your pliers where they are, as this becomes the loop for the earring hook to go in, and twist the wire end around the wire that is between the top bead and your pliers.

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Wire end twisted on the wire between the top bead and the loop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Snip off the end of the wire that is left (if any) and tighten to the twist.

8. Slightly open the bottom of the earring hook and insert the loop you just made into the earring hook, then close the hook. Now repeat for the second one and you’re done! Put them on and admire your work!

9. If you want to make a matching necklace pendant follow the same steps but just don’t attach your earring hook to it. I like to just us a long piece of thin ribbon for most of my sets. I also usually make the pendant slightly larger than the earrings if possible. To see how to make seashells you find on the beach into earrings and necklace view this blog post: Turn your seashell beach findings into jewelry

Matching necklace pendant using a larger seashell.

Matching necklace pendant using a larger seashell.

Earrings and matching flower necklace set using ribbon for the necklace.

Earrings and matching flower necklace set using ribbon for the necklace.