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Getting Started - Earrings

Sample Shopping List for Beginner Earrings:
  • Sterling Silver French Hook Earwire with Ball and Coil (SS-EAR09)
  • Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Erinite (5000-ERIN6)
  • TierraCast antique silver small Turkish heishi spacers (SA-0425)
  • 1½ inch Head Pin, 24 Gauge (Sterling Silver)(SS-HP4X)
  • Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
  • Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-108)
  • Ergonomic Side Cutter - Semi Flush (TOOL-128)
  • Our Artbeads Starter Sets for Bead Stringing (SET001), Earrings (SET002), and Jewelry-Making Tools (000-TOOLSET001) include components that are also great for making beginner earrings

Making a Simple Pair of Earrings

Step 1
Thread one spacer onto a head pin so the spacer rests on the flat end. Thread one Swarovski crystal bead and then another spacer onto the head pin.

Step 2
You will now make a simple loop to finish the head pin. Using chain nose pliers, bend the head pin to make a 90 degree angle just above your design. Cut any excess wire using side cutter, leaving a tail that is about one third of an inch long. Face the tail towards you, gripping the end with round nose pliers. Wrap the wire away from you by turning the round nose pliers to create the loop.

Step 3
Take the chain nose pliers to gently twist open your simple loop from side to side and attach it to the small opening at the bottom of one earwire. Repeat all three steps for a second earring. If you need extra help, be sure to read our Handy Tips available in the Learning Center.

Bead Jargon

Swarovski crystal bead: the colorful round bead
Spacer: the silver rounded ring with bumpy edge
Head pin: the silver piece of wire that looks like a thin nail
Earwire: the long, hook-shaped piece with a ball and coil at the bottom
Chain nose pliers: the pliers with smooth jaws and tapered tips at the end with slightly rounded edges. If these pliers were lying on a table, the tips would look like triangles
Round nose pliers: the pliers with thin jaws and round tips at the end. If these pliers were lying on a table, the tips would look like cones.
Side cutters: the pliers with short fat jaws and pointed tips

Handy Tips & Videos

How To Make a Simple LoopSimple Loop Handy Tip VideoJump Ring Handy Tip Video

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