How to Make Fake Earrings

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Fake earrings allow you to add a stylish fashion accessory without the hassle or pain involved in having your ears pierced. You can make a pair of clip-on earrings in less than a half an hour, or make a dozen or so pairs to match every outfit you own. You can also make a pair of fake, clip-on earrings for a little girl who does not want to have her ears pierced, but still wants to look all grown-up during dress-up time.

Things You'll Need

  • Thin-gauge jewelry wire
  • Long-nose pliers
  • Large crystal beads
  • Small crystal beads
  • Crimp ends
  • Lever-back clip-on earrings with open bottom ring
  • Superglue (optional)
  • Imitation gemstones (optional)
  • Cut four pieces of thin jewelry wire. Make two of the wire pieces 3 inches long and two of the wire pieces 2 inches long.

  • Use the pliers to bend over approximately 1/8 inch of the wire at one end of each piece of wire. This will stop the beads from falling off the wires.

  • Thread a large crystal bead onto each wire and push the beads down to the bent ends. Use the pliers to push the bent wires firmly against the bead.

  • Add smaller crystal beads onto the remaining length of each piece of wire, stopping approximately 3/4 inch from the ends of the wires.

  • Attach a crimp end to the end of each piece of wire. To do this, insert the wire into the hole in the bottom of the crimp end. Use a pair of tweezers to grasp the threaded end of the wire and insert it back through the hole in the crimp end. Pinch the crimp end closed with a pair of long-nose pliers. Do the same to attach a crimp end to the other pieces of wire.

  • Thread the crimp end of one of the 3-inch and one of the 2-inch wire pieces into the open bottom ring of one clip-on earring. Pinch the ring closed with pliers. Do the same with the remaining two pieces of wire and the other clip-on earring.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the clip-on earrings have a flat front, apply a dab of superglue or another strong adhesive to the flat front of the clip-on earrings. Press a gemstone with a flat back firmly against the glue on the earrings. Hold firmly in place for at least 30 seconds.

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