Tutorial: Dangle Earrings

by Sam

in Tutorials

This project is a great one for summer, or any other season really. I made mine in shades of blue using beads I had in my stash so that they will be perfect to wear at the beach or pool. Choose any colors you would like to match any fun summer outfit you love.

Tools:

Round Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters

Materials:

4 Pairs of Beads
2 Kidney Ear Wires
6 Eye Pins

Gather your materials.  I chose different sizes of beads to use so that they would hang in a nice cluster. You can find the kidney shaped ear wires at your local bead store. I usually find them sold in sets of two.

Start by slipping one of your beads onto one of your eye pins. Make sure the hole is not too big so that the bead doesn’t slip off the pin.

Bend the pin at the top of the bead at a 90 degree angle as shown. Using the wire cutters clip off the end of the pin, leaving about a half an inch to use to make a loop.

Start making your loop with your round nose pliers by grabbing the end of the pin and twisting.

Keep twisting until you have a closed loop at the top of your bead.  This may take some practice if you’ve never done it before. Don’t worry, it gets easier.

Repeat this process for each of your 8 beads, creating a loop for each one. You will end up with 4 pairs of beads to use on two earrings.

Slip the beads onto the earring wires by squeezing the wires to open them. These hooks really are simple to use, and it’s easy to switch out whichever beads you may want to. Have fun with these!

 

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