How to Make Beaded Earrings


Handmade beaded earrings are a hip way to change up your look.
Handmade beaded earrings are a hip way to change up your look.

Though beaded earrings are simple to make, they add quite a lot to your look. Short or long, sparkly or colorful, small or large -- design the earrings any way you like. You can even lay out different outfits to think about the colors and shapes you'd like for your personalized, handmade beaded earrings.

Click the links below to learn how to make some cool beaded earrings:

Hang Loose Earrings

These fun and easy-to-make beaded earrings are perfect for those days when you're hanging out with your friends.

It's Very Clear Earrings:

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but these delicate crystal earrings are the next best thing.

On the next page, learn how to make some earrings that hang as cool as you do.

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Hang Loose Earrings

Cinch the earring hook with pliers.
Cinch the earring hook with pliers.

These Hang Loose earrings are fun to make -- and simple. After you've learned how to make these pairs of danglers, use other types of beads to make your own unique beaded beauties.

What You'll Need:

  • 8 inches of light-gauge, silver beading wire
  • 10 seed beads in various colors
  • 8 bugle beads in an assortment of colors
  • 1 pair of silver hook earring wires

Tools:

  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers

Step 1: Cut a four-inch length of beading wire.

Step 2: Alternate threading seed beads and bugle beads onto the wire until you have four seed beads and three bugle beads.

Step 3: Shape the beaded wire into a triangle, and twist together the two strands of wire that meet at the top of the triangle.

Step 4: Now string one bugle bead and one seed bead onto the twisted wire, and clip any excess wire 1/2 inch above last bead. Use the needle-nose pliers to form a loop at the top for hanging.

Step 5: Slightly open the loop on an earring hook with the pliers. Slip the loop of the beaded wire into the earring hook loop; close the loop with the needle-nose pliers.

Step 6: Repeat all steps for the matching earring.

On the next page, learn how to make another set of sparkling earrings.

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It's Very Clear Earrings

These crystal-clear drops sparkle like diamonds.
These crystal-clear drops sparkle like diamonds.

Make your feelings crystal clear with a pair of it's very clear earrings. Put them on and watch them sparkle.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 strands nylon line, 8 inches each
  • 4 silver-lined seed beads, 2mm
  • 4 plastic crystal rondelle beads, 6mm
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 small jump rings
  • 1 pair ear wires or posts

Tools:

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors

Step 1: To make the first earring, string one silver-lined seed bead, one crystal rondelle, and another ­silver-lined seed bead onto one strand of nylon line, sliding them down until they are centered in the middle of the strand.

Step 2: Bring the ends of the nylon line together to form a loop, and string on a crystal rondelle and a crimp bead.

Step 3: Attach both ends of the strand to a jump ring with a crimp bead. To do this, slide a crimp bead and then a jump ring onto the end of the nylon line. Thread the nylon line back through the crimp bead, and pull it tight so the crimp bead is close to the jump ring.

Step 4: Using needle-nose pliers or crimping pliers, flatten the crimp bead so it stays in place. Using a sharp pair of scissors, trim the excess line as close to the crimp bead as possible, but only on the short end. Obviously, you need to leave the long end in order to string the beads. Before crimping down, adjust the length of the drop until it is as long or as short as you desire.

Step 5: Using needle-nose pliers, attach the jump ring to the ear wire or post.

Step 6: Repeat steps 1 through 5 to make the second earring.

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