How to Make Earrings With Beads

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Use your favorite beads to make your own earrings.
Use your favorite beads to make your own earrings. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Making beaded earrings is a straight-forward, simple project that is perfect for beginners. The most challenging part is perfecting the wire loop, but once you've got that down you'll be able to make a pair of earrings in a matter of minutes. You will also be able to use the same techniques used to make earrings to make charms for bracelets, pendants for necklaces, and dangles of all shapes and sizes for cell phone charms, key rings and numerous other crafts.

Things You'll Need

  • Beads
  • 2 headpins
  • 2 ear wires
  • Wire cutters
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Flat-nose pliers

Create a design for your beaded earrings. String beads in different configurations on a headpin to find a design you like.

Use the needle-nose pliers to make a 90-degree bend in the headpin fairly close to the top.

Use the round-nose pliers to make a loop, or circle, by bending the long, straight end of the headpin around the pliers.

Snip the excess wire where the loop crosses to create a simple loop (not wire wrapped).

Open the loop on the bottom of the fish hook ear wires slightly, moving the loop wire back using the flat nose pliers. Do not make this opening too wide.

Attach this loop to the ear wire by slipping the dangle's loop through the ear wire loop. Close the ear wire loop using the flat nose pliers.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your two earrings don't exactly match, don't sweat it. No one is going to get that close to your ears to examine them!
  • Make charms for all sorts of things using this technique.
  • Beading is addictive!

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