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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Tutorial: How to make earrings

Step 1
To make earrings in this style you need:-
1. jewellery pliers, these ones are round nose pliers
2. ear wires - these are sterling silver
3. eyepins - lengths of wire with a loop at one end
4. beads - one larger and 2 or 3 smaller ones for a nice shape

Place the beads on a non slip surface like a towel, or a specialist bead board from craft shops - this is just to stop the beads rolling about.

Step 2

Thread the beads onto the eyepins and start to bend the end over with the pliers. Make sure you leave enough length on the eyepin to form the loop. if the stack of beads is too long rethink your design or use a longer earwire.
To form the loop slightly bend the wire over to one side before gripping with the pliers and beginning to make the loop.

Step 3
Put the partly formed loop through the ring on the earwire, and close up with the pliers. Adjust until it is a nice round or oval shape and completely touches the upright section of the wire. Give it a little squeeze with the pliers to make sure its snug.

There is an art to this as you want the wire to just touch at the top of the last bead. If the eyepin is too long you can snip length off with sidecutters.

Step 4
repeat with the other earwire and wear your earrings.
This is an easy way to make earrings to match your outfits and as you only need to have two of each bead means they can often be made when you don't have enough for a necklace.


Sharon said...

Thank you for the tutorial, I've got all the bits just having problems getting started and now you have shown me how. Thank you.

Jen said...

Nice earrings Ruthie. I've done this before, but always seem to bend the loop skew and it sits funny. I suppose it's practice.

SewRuthie said...

Jen, I think the trick is to bend it slightly in the wrong direction first, and only then start to bend it over.