Fast Gift Idea: Easy End Cone Earrings

Happy endings—

Oh no! It’s (insert impending occasion) . . .  and I still haven’t made a gift yet!

That thought used to send panic through my veins, but not lately. I can whip up some earrings pretty instantly now, and I have a secret ingredient that makes even simple earrings look extra special—end cones.

With end cones and a few other items you're bound to have on hand, you can make unique earrings in minutes—especially the last minute!

  Collect end cones
The variety of material and shapes and their afforable prices make cones the perfect finding to stock up on. You can buy new ones at every LBS or show without going broke, and feel satisfied that you've brought home something great for your stash. Buy in pairs, of course, but if there are different sizes, try one larger one, because end cones also make great single pendants. Shown here clockwise from top: cast silver, Sonoran glass, craft-store copper, my own coiled Parawire, grooved Thai silver, Kabela Designs brass filigree, Nina Designs floral silver.

Here are just four of the easy and fast techniques I use to make earrings with end cones:

1: Stop bead and head pin dangle
String a seed bead as a stopper bead on a head pin. Thread on several fine chains of varying lengths. Pull the head pin through your cone from wide end to small end to snug the chains into the cone. Add another bead if needed to fill the small cone hole; make a wrapped loop on which you can now attach an ear wire. Add small wire-wrapped dangles to the ends of the chains, or use jump rings to add other charms. 

2: Head-pin-loop dangle
Similar to the way I make a fine chain dangle, this method works for larger links of chain or capturing other jump ring components. Make a small closed loop with the head of a head pin, capturing your chain links or other dangles. Thread through the cone, snugging your chains inside the cone. Make a wire-wrapped loop with the remaining wire protruding out at the small end of the cone.

3: Fancy head-pin drop
String beads onto a decorative end head pin. I’ve used a large crystal pearl to fill the wide end of my cone. Pass your head-pin wire through the cone to protrude from the small end. Make a wire-wrapped loop that will snug beads against the wide end of the cone.

4: Eye-pin charm dangle
Open the eye of the eye pin and capture the loop of a charm. Thread enough small beads on the pin to fill the pin length within the cone and leave the charm dangling below the cone, and have enough wire protruding for a wrapped loop at the small end of the cone. Pass the beaded wire into the wide end and out the small end. String another small bead if needed or desired on the protruding wire. Make your wire-wrapped loop to snug the dangle inside the cone.

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Leslie Rogalski, born and bred in Philadelphia, holds a degree in illustration and design from the University of the Arts, and has been “making stuff” since childhood. She was editor in chief of Step by Step Beads before becoming editor of Beading Daily in 2009, and is currently busy making her own designs, teaching, making videos, and writing. She's contributed original designs to Step by Step Beads, Beadwork, Creative Jewelry, and many Interweave books including 101 Wire Earrings and Chain Style. A teacher at many Bead Fest shows, she's a featured presenter on the PBS TV series Beads, Baubles and Jewels. Her lessons, called DoodleBeads©, were first created as videos for Beading Daily, and are a method of drawing thread paths that makes learning beadstitching easy. DoodleBeads is available on DVD. Leslie is known for playing with different materials, though seed beads remain top of her list. Prior to all this Leslie was a freelance writer, illustrator, and sold her original art clothing at national craft shows. She loves all things beady, making iMovies, tap dancing, her wonderful husband, illustrator, book designer, and owner of Eyewash Design, Mike Rogalski, and especiallybeing a stage mother to her Broadway-bound daughter.

5 thoughts on “Fast Gift Idea: Easy End Cone Earrings

  1. NOW you’re talkin’! All those bead cones I’ve collected over the years, truly intending to make delcious necklaces from clusters of beads. Now the weather has turned steamy already, protending a hot summer, and the idea of making kicky dangles with bead cones seems far preferable to something to put around my sticky neck. Which bead box has my cones…..

  2. I’m glad you like these! You’ll have fun using your end cones and now you can buy new ones with earrings in mind. Keep your eyes open for really amazing and different ones from artisans. They really are becoming one of my favorite bead shop and bead show “souvenirs” to have!

  3. Love the idea, however I have several trays with different projects on and one of those is a multi strand with cone ends. I have tried it with a string and now am attempting it with wire, what is your preference for stringing strands together? Would love to finish the piece.

  4. I’ve never bought a cone, always just make my own out of wire. Made a lovely seed beed multi strand bracelet on nylon with hand made wire cones and clasp in copper. Looked lovely!