Originally published March 6, 2018
Happy Tuesday, everyone! I sincerely hope your morning started out better than this:
And yes, for those wondering, that is permanent marker. She has Crayola markers, but it had to be Sharpie. Of course.
Anyway, onto the meat of this post: I’m going to give you a step-by-step tutorial to make your own earrings. Why? Because I don’t believe in hoarding creativity – if you want to give it a try, go for it! Plus, I think being transparent in the artistic process helps the general public understand why handmade items are priced so highly compared to retail. Making jewelry is a hobby, but it also takes a lot of practice!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
A pair of small needle-nosed pliers
Wire cutters or scissors
Beading wire (I like 28 gauge, because it’s nice and flexible)
2 earring hooks
2 round beads
An assortment of seed beads
Any other beads you want to include
Decide how long you want your earrings, keeping in mind that you’ll need extra wire to tie off the ends. Double that length before you cut – you’ll need 2 strands to create the seed bead halo.
Feed the cut wire onto an earring hook, folding it at (or at least near) the halfway mark.
At this point, I fed both strands through a couple of beads I wanted near the top. At the very least, thread both strands of wire through one of your round beads.
Once your round bead is in place, separate the two wires and feed an equal amount of seed beads onto them. You may have to experiment with the numbers to get the right-sized halo – I started out with 8 on each strand, but had to bump it up to 10.
Pull one strand up and around the round bead, securing this half of the halo by wrapping the wire once at the top.
Do the same on the other side, completing the halo effect.
Take one strand of wire and feed it back through the hole in the round bead.
Using the strand you fed through to the bottom of the round bead, add a final bead to cap off the end. Wrap the wire several times, cut off any excess, and pinch the end in to hide it as much as possible. This is where those needle-nosed pliers come in handy!
Take the other strand of wire and once again, wrap the wire several times, cut off any excess, and really pinch that wire closed.
Now you have a completed earring!
Take a moment to really look at your work. Do you like it? Is there a combination you’d like better? I always like to check in with myself after the first earring is made, because it’s much easier (and less depressing) to rip out one earring and start over than it is to rip apart both. I ended up liking this set, but I’ve been known to try three or four different designs before moving onto earring #2!
Once you’ve repeated the steps for the second earring, congratulations! You made your own pair!
If any of you try this tutorial, I would LOVE to see your results. Also, if you’ve fallen in love with this particular pair, it can be found in my Etsy shop. 🙂