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beaded earring instructions Earrings by Aleah
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Beaded Earrings


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Cost Effective Earrings


These easy-to-make earrings had a per pair cost of under $1.00 (your cost will depend on type of beads used). They are so fun to make, you'll want to make several. Coordinate with clothing, or use holiday colors.

Supplies

NOTE: Use sterling silver for head pins and ear wires, if possible. I recommend purchasing your supplies from a reputable bead supply store. Cheaper pins and wires tend to break after being bent a few times, and are more difficult to work with. Prices listed on this page were what I paid in September 2004.

Head Pins: These are straight pins with a small flat head, made for earrings. Beads are fed onto this pin. My pins came in a bag of 100 (enough for 50 pairs of earrings) for $8.00.

Ear Wires: Choose a style you like. I bought a bag with enough for 10 pairs of earrings for $5.70.

Beads: Choose your own colors and styles, but be sure the holes are small - just large enough to fit over the head pin. The beads shown on this page came in a bag - the entire bag shown below was only $1.05. Beads range in price, of course, depending on quality and type. Hand blown glass beads, for example, would be much more expensive.

Wire Cutter: A good wire cutting tool is a must. It is used to cut the head pin to the correct length.

Wire Twisting Tool: I prefer the style that has round ends (rather than with one flat edge); use whatever style you are comfortable with. The wire is bent around this tool.

bead earring supplies head pins and ear wires for earrings
head pins and ear wires

Directions


1.  String Beads

Place beads onto the head pin as shown at right. The flat "head" of the pin will hold the beads on the pin. Continue adding beads until you have the desired earring length. Repeat with the second earring.
feed bead


2.  Cut Wire

After your beads are on the head pin, cut off the excess wire, leaving enough to curl around a couple of times.
cut wire earring directions

3.  Twist Wire

Using your wire twisting tool, twist the straight wire into a small circle. This works best by gripping the wire at the top, curling it over once, then repositioning the tool and curling it again, etc. Do this a few times until the wire is curled up into a small circle. NOTE: See step 4 for photos of different sizes of the circle. The size you make depends on your own taste.
earring making beaded earring directions


4.  Open Ear Wire

Using your wire twisting tool, gently open the end of the ear wire (the end where the earring attaches). Pry it out a bit so that you can slip the circle end of the head pin through it.
open ear wire

5.  Finish the Earrings

Slip the curled end of the earring's head pin through the ear wire. Use the wire twising tool to tighten the opening of the ear wire around the earring head pin.

NOTE: In the earrings on the right, one pair was made with a very small circle on the head pin, and the other was made with a larger circle (not twisting the wire as tightly - see step 3).
finished earrings

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