Welcome to HowToMakeEarrings.net

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Welcome. I hope you will enjoy your visit and will learn some valuable information on how to make earrings. This site will contain content and videos, explaining in detailed, simple steps, how to make earrings.  No prior knowledge is needed.  Believe me… if I can make them, anybody can.

gold amethyst earrings

One of the many benefits of handmaking earrings is that you will have near limitless variety of what you can make and wear.  Since they are less expensive than purchasing retail, you will be able to afford a larger variety of earrings.  You will have a pair to match every outfit you own.

Handmade earrings make excellent gifts for friends, family and loved ones.  Not only do they have value of their own, but they are also like giving a piece of yourself away.  Whomever you grace with the gift of something you’ve made yourself will likely appreciate it even more than if you had merely bought it at a store. They’ll know that your heart and mind went into crafting the earrings.

I will have information on this site on how to make different kinds of earrings, including beaded earrings, hoop earrings and chandelier earrings. Once you get started, there will be no limit to what your imagination can create.

Bookmark this site and return frequently, as I plan to update it often.

Best of luck with your creations,

Rob
~ Jewelry Artist

 

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Scratch Resistant Pliers Tip

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This tip shows you how you can reduce the risk of your pliers scratching softer metals when making jewelry. This tip is ideal for people who don’t have nylon-jawed pliers. You’ll need pliers, of course, masking tape and a sharp blade, such as a pair of box cutters.

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How to Attach an Eye Pin to a French Hook

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This earring making basics video shows two ways how to attach an eye pin to a French hook. You can use these methods to attach any pin, whether it be an eye pin or a head pin to a French Hook. If you want to attach a pin to a ear post loop, you will have to bend open the pin, as ear post loops do not typically bend open.

Tools:

Chain nose pliers

Note: I advise you to wear safety glasses when making jewelry.

How to Make Wire Earrings – Celtic Knot

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In this video, I demonstrate how to make wire earrings using a WigJig Delphi peg board.  These boards make designing amazing looking jewelry, like the Celtic Knot earrings, very easy to do. This pair of earrings is much more detailed to make than the other earrings I make, but they are easy to make when broken down into steps.  You will learn how to wrap the wire into the knot design. You will need to make eye pins and also use head pins.

Materials Needed:

About 15″ of wire
2 head pins
2 light colour 4mm beads
6 dark 4mm beads (I use onyx)
2 French hooks

Tools Needed:

1 pair of round-nosed pliers
1 WigJig Delphi Jewelry Making Tool
Wire cutters
Chasing hammer (light and smooth-surfaced)
Anvil (or hard striking surface)

How to Make an Eye Pin

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This jewelry making basics video from the Jewelry Making Fun site shows how you can easily convert a head pin into an eye pin. In easy steps, I show you what tools you’ll need and how to use round nose pliers to create the loop.

What you’ll need:

wire cutters
wire or head pin
round nose pliers

How to Use a Head Pin

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This video from JewelryMakingFun.com shows how to use a head pin, including two ways to make a loop at the top of the head pin.  The loop is important, because you need to be able to attach the head pin to other pieces of the earrings, such as a French hook or an eye pin.

 

Hematite Hoop Beaded Earrings

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Welcome to the hematite hoop earring project. I am going to take you through the step-by-step directions on how to make simple pair of beaded earrings.  For this project I will be using two inch-long head pins, two surgical stainless steel French Hook earrings and two sets of three different beads.

earring findings

Once you have all of your jewelry findings laid out on your table, you will need a pair of round-nose pliers.  Any pair of round-nose pliers will do, but I prefer the ones with spring back action. These pliers open automatically when you release them. This makes jewerly making a LOT easier to do, especially when you are advanced enough to use a pair of pliers in each hand.

The first step is to feed the head pin through the beads. You will notice how the headpin is fed through the top hole of the hematite hoop only. If the head pin were to have been fed through both holes, you would have been able to see the head pin through the hoop. This way, the hoop kind of floats at the bottom and the head pin is out of site.

head pin inserted through beads

As with any head pin earrings, you need to form a loop at the top to attach it to the ear posts or French Hooks.  To keep this hoop centered, you should first bend the head pin about 45 degrees to the side.

bend head pin 45 degrees

Once it is bent, you can grasp the tip of the head pin with the round nose pliers and roll the pin towards you, back towards the bend. This action creates a round loop at the top of the pin.

head pin loop

Be careful not to close the loop just yet. You have to connect it to the French Hook first!

attach French Hook to head pin

After the French Hook is in place, you can continue to roll the loop closed. You may need to pinch it completely shut, and even give it a small twist or other adjustments to make it look “just right”.  When you are finished, repeat these steps for the second earring.

finished handmade earrings

Congratulations! Once you have finished these instructions, you will have made a wonderful pair of hematite earrings that you can wear yourself, or give away as a meaningful gift.  All the best!

* You can watch the video here: How to Make Earrings

Tip: Organize Your Jewelry Supplies

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 When you first start out making your own earrings, you’ll likely have a manageable amount of supplies. As you get more experienced and aquire more findings, beads, rings, wire, etc, you will need to store them in such a way that finding what you are looking is not a project unto itself. I’m going to share with you how I have my supplies organized. If you have any ideas on how to organize jewelry supplies, I’d love to see your comments. I have my gold and sterling silver wire on top. (I know it’s messy. You can keep them coiled better. I just got a bit lazy)

jewelry materials organizer

I found these large organizers at a local hardware store. I imagine they are designed to hold different shapes and sizes of screws, etc, but I find them perfect to store findings and jump rings of various sizes and metals. I label each with masking tape on the front so that I can easily find what I am looking for. They also have larger bins at the bottom. I use one of them to hold my hematite beads.

bin of hematite beads

For my smaller beads, I have a bead box. The bead box is a tray with a lid that contains 24 smaller containers with lids. I label each of these with masking tape too. I keep my semi-precious small beads in one tray and my glass beads in another. These small containers have a glass top which helps a great deal, as I can see what they contain without picking them up or having to open them.

semi-precious stone bead organizer

Below, you can see my amethyst container close-up.

amethyst bead container

I keep other tools and equipment in a medium sized Rubber Maid tub. I’ve seen handy tool holders that you can keep on your work bench or table. I don’t own one myself though.

Do you have any ideas on how to organize your jewelry supplies? Leave a comment below if you do.

Choosing the Right Beads

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For the first article on how to make beaded earrings, I’ve decided to pick the topic of choosing the right beads. There are literally thousands of beads on the market today that you can use to make earrings. When I pick the beads I want to work with, I usually take a few other things into consideration.

1. The type of metal I’m using.

If I am using stirling or fine silver findings, I will usually pick beads made from semi-precious stones.  I feel it gives the earrings a higher value and keeps them fancy. If I am using surgical stainless steel findings, I am more likely to use fire-polished glass beads or hematite.

2. The occasion.

If I am making earrings as a gift, sometimes, I’ll use the birthstone of the person for whom the earrings are for. Birthstone earrings make a wonderful gift, especially when they are accompanied by a little note describing the stone’s properties. Sometimes, I’ll see a wonderful bracelet or necklace and want to design a pair of earrings to match it.  The closer I can come to the materials used in the other jewelry, the better the earrings will match.

3. The style of earrings.

Different styles of earrings look best with different sizes of beads. For example, chandelier earrings often look best with many smaller beads, while single bead earrings look best with a larger bead.  Sometimes, I’ll use a combination of larger and smaller beads.  

The best part of designing and making your own beaded earrings is that you are only limited by your imagination. I encourage everyone to just jump right into it and make lots of earrings. That way, with practice, you’ll discover what bead combinations you like best. Start simple and before you know it, you’ll move beyond the earring designs that you can learn to do on the Internet, and you’ll be creating masterpiece works of art. Your friends will appreciate the thought you put into their gifts.

Local bead shops or craft shows are wonderful sources of inspiration for choosing just the right beads for your earring designs.