Friday, March 20, 2015

how to make simple earrings

Happy first day of Spring!! It's snowing again, but I believe the cold days are numbered (please!). I have some hopeful girls making more spring earrings as I type. Trading beads and designing their jewelry is the latest obsession around here. My daughter is happy to show you in pictures just how easy they are to make. 

You will need these supplies:
  • needle nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • beads or charms
  • headpins
  • earring hooks


HOW TO:



Thread beads onto headpin.

Snip off excess wire if your head pin is long(they come in various sizes) and save the discarded wire for other jewelry projects. You'll need enough wire to twist a loop at the top.
Using pliers bend top into a loop.
It will look like this.
Make a pair.
Open the loop on the earring hook.
Connect beads to hook. Slide them on to hook from the opposite side that you just opened.
Pinch the hook opening closed.
viola!

There is no limit to the design possibilities with this simple technique. My ten year old daughter and her friends could make these by the thousands… the only limit is their allowance! Find supplies at your local bead stores, Michael's and Jo-ann's. 
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