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Nothing spices up your look quite like a pair of dangling earrings. They can be cool, elegant, hip, trendy, or just plain original! Making your own hanging earrings is the perfect way to express your creativity and to put together the perfect earrings you've always wanted.
- 1Select your beads and gather the earring hooks, head pins, needle nose and chain nose pliers. These tools and materials are all essential. See the picture for further detail.
- 2Arrange the beads the way you would like them, placing the bead you would like at the bottom on first and so on.Advertisement
- 3With your pliers, bend the excess head pin over 90 degrees on both earrings.
- 4With the steel cutting pliers, cut off the pin until it is only 1 centimeter (0.4 in) long. Alternatively, attempt the "Jump Ring" Technique below.
- 5Get your earring hook and with the chain nose pliers, bend the head pin around in a circle. Notice in the picture that the pins are not bent all the way around.
- 6Slide the hook onto the half bent pin and then bend the pin all the way around so there is no way the hook can slip off and earring fall apart.
- 7Slip the earrings into the holes of your ears (you must have pierced ears to wear these earrings) and show them off!
Method 1Method 1 of 1:Alternative "Jump Ring" Technique
- 1Follow instructions 1 to 3 as above, but skip step 4 above by not cutting the pin yet.
- 2Bend the head pin all the way around, then wrap it several times around the pin where it just comes out of the bead. Cut the excess and tuck the end in so that it does not stick out. This creates a closed, secure loop.
- 3Open a "jump ring" (basically a circle of wire that's not entirely closed) and slide on the head pin with beads and the earring hook. Close the jump ring securely.
- 4When opening a jump ring, do not pull the ends apart directly away from each other (such that they are still in the same plane); this weakens the ring. Instead, slide one end past the other (perpendicular to the plane of the ring) to open, and slide back in the same manner to close.
- QuestionWhat size jump ring would you suggest?Community AnswerHere they are using a pretty big jump ring, about 10 mm. I tend to use 4 mm or 7 mm jump rings for connecting things like this.
- For a polished look, replace the silver ball at the base of the coil on the earring hook with a coordinating seed bead.
- Hanging earrings are very easy to catch and pull on clothing or hair. Be careful when wearing them, as one hard pull is enough to rip at your ear, and possibly cause serious injury to you.
- Keep earrings out of reach of small children and animals, as they could swallow them.
Things You'll Need
- Chain nose (round nose) pliers
- Beading wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
- Head pins
- Earring hooks
- Jump rings