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How to Make Earrings: A Handy Beginner’s Guide

Earrings are a beautiful addition to any outfit — you can glam up jeans, add something sophisticated to your little black dress, or be as subtle and dainty as you wish.

The best part about earrings is they’re surprisingly simple to make. Exhibit A: Search Craftsy’s jewelry patterns for “earrings” and you’ll get nearly 9000 results.

But where to start? Don’t worry — we’ve curated a list of beginner-friendly earrings tutorials, plus some helpful tips on how to make earrings — most of which can be completed in less than an hour!

Handmade earrings

1) Wire earrings

Many of the available tutorials for for how to make earrings are for the beaded variety, which don’t fit my basic beginner criteria of being “fast and simple,” so I won’t be pointing many of these out. Instead, I gravitate toward wire. Wire seems like a natural medium for earrings, since the part that goes through your ear is usually wire.

The easiest way to make a pair of earrings is to take a head pin, add some beads, create a loop at the top and add ear wires.

How to Make Earrings - Headpin

If all of that sounds like gibberish to you, you might enjoy my tutorial on the how to make the World’s Easiest Earrings (pictured below), where I explain how to use pliers, how to make spirals, and how to make the earrings.

World's Easiest Earrings

There’s another very similar tutorial called Earrings ‘Eva’ (pictured below) from Craftsy member PorTusManos that I quite like as well.

Eva Earrings

You can also wire almost anything up into a dangle – such as these polymer clay discs with a hole drilled in the top and attach an ear wire. 

How to Make Earrings - Polymer clay

Photo by Gayle Bird

The biggest thing you need to remember when making earrings is to open ear wire loops sideways – never pull a loop open like it’s a mouth or a jaw, but instead twist it to the side. Look out for patterns and tutorials that include this kind of information, especially if you’re a newbie to working with wire.

Here’s what I mean…

Opening Loops for Earwires  

Opening Loops for EarwiresOpening loops for Earwires

The next easiest way to make earrings might be the hoop earring, as evidenced by this FREE hoop earrings tutorial from Craftsy member caronea…

Hoop Earrings Free Tutorial

2) Glue

Recently I’ve been exploring how to make earrings and other jewelry using glue. You can glue, well, anything (buttons, bottle caps, pearls, feathers, polymer clay sculptures, beads, to name a few) to a pair of stud blanks and they’re done in the length of time it takes for glue to dry (I recommend e6000 for MOST jobs, which does take a whole day to dry strong). 

Check it! Some clip-on earring blanks:

How to Make Earrings - Clipons

Some e6000 glue and a couple of matching button sets: 

How to Make Earrings - Glue

Merely add a few drops of glue to the back of each item and gently press them together. Use some gentle spring clamps to hold the earrings overnight. 

How to Make Earrings - Glue & Clamp

After a day, remove the clamps, and voila! Simple, beautiful little earrings. 

How to Make Earrings

The best part about making your own earrings is that you can get really, really complicated, or stay totally simple, or find any combination in between. Just have fun!

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Barbara J Holbrook

They all look good. I’m making a mother’s day one.

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