How to make simple bead earrings
Handmade jewelry is not only a great way to spend your free time and learn something new, but also to express yourself creatively. And you're unlikely to meet another person with the exact same jewelry as you - handmade jewelry is unique!
All the necessary materials for jewelry making can be purchased at specialized stores that sell jewelry supplies, as well as on the internet such as ebay, aliexpress and etsy, as well as specialized online stores such as beadstore, firemountaingems, beadaholique and many more. All you have to do is enter the words "bead store" in the search engine and choose the one that suits you best, both in terms of supply and cost.
To make these simple bead earrings, you will need:
1) beads (2)
2) headpins (2)
3) decors or spacer beads (2) - if you want
4) ear hooks (2)
a) chain-nose pliers b) round-nose pliers c) wire cutters
1. Slide a bead and spacer bead onto a head pin:
2. The free end of the headpin must have a certain length - about 12 mm (~ 0.5"). If the headpin is too long, cut the excess with a pair of wire cutters.
3. Just a bit above the beads bend headpin at the angle of 90 degrees using round nose pliers:
4. Grab the end of the headpin with round nose pliers and wrap it around the pliers to make a partial loop (to understand this motion - your wrist should turn away from your body).
Then grab the end of the loop again and continue wrapping the wire of headpin around the round nose pliers to form a complete loop. It should look like this in the end of this wrapping process:
Trust me - it takes a lot of practice! :)
Now you need to attach the ear hooks. You can do this in three different ways:
1) by opening the headpin loop
2) by opening the loop of the ear hooks
3) attaching it to the partial made loop (then you won't need the chain nose pliers)
This time we will use the second way.
How to open the loop
It is very important to do this right, otherwise your loop will lose its shape:
Take chain nose pliers and use a "twisting" motion to open the loop (something similar as you would open a door):
Slide on your beaded headpin and close the ear hook loop using the same twisting motion.
And you are done! Congratulations with your first handmade earrings!