Free Earring eBook and 2 Easy Ear-Wire Designs

Dec 23, 2009
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Puttin’ on the Glitz
This past weekend I was getting ready for a holiday party. I had on a snazzy new outfit, but of the hundreds of pairs of earrings I own, I couldn’t find a single set to wear. Sound familiar? Luckily, we’re beaders. We can whip up a pair of earrings in a flash, not only to match our clothing, but our moods, the weather, or the headline story of the day. That flexibility is one of the big reasons we do what we do! So before I headed out the door, I sat down and made myself this pair of crystal dazzlers that went perfectly with my black pumps and black velvet slacks.

Make Your Own Unique Ear Wires
Designing special ear wear is easy by customizing the dangle, but have you also thought about customizing the ear wire itself?
Here are two ideas for making totally unique ear wires.

    Head-Pin Ear Wires    
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Use the tip of round-nose pliers to form a loop at the end of a decorative head pin.   Wrap the straight part of
the wire around a pen.
  Use chain-nose pliers to form a slight bend near the end of the straight wire. Slide the loop of your dangle onto the ear wire.
Eye-Pin Ear Wires
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Slide one bead onto an eye pin. Use your fingers or chain-nose pliers to form a 90-degree angle at the top of the bead.   Wrap the straight wire
around a pen.
  Use chain-nose pliers to form a slight bend near the end of the straight wire. Use a jump ring to attach a dangle.
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5 Free Jewelry Projects

5 FREE earring projects!

It’s easy to make a pair of earrings like mine by just sliding beads onto head pins, forming loops, and hooking them onto ear wires. But sometimes you want to be inspired by other ideas, too. One way is to download this free earring eBook from Beading Daily, with 5 inspirational ideas for beadwoven, fringed, and wire-worked earrings. Another source of ideas is to look through other jewelry you’ve created and “borrow” elements. For example, make a couple extra coils when forming a wire-worked bracelet or stitch a couple more triangles when creating a beaded necklace. Hook these components onto ear wires, and you’ve got something totally new and unique, not to mention an ensemble.

Do you make your own ear wires? Do you even know how many earrings you have in your jewelry box? Please share your thoughts on Beading Daily!

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RhondaK@12 wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 12:34 PM

I love Beading! I've downloaded lots of projects, and the instructions are always clear and easy to follow. My favorite earring pattern is Crystal Corona, one of the ones featured in your e-Book. Here's a fun holiday twist. Make them in green crystals (with size 15/0 clear silver-lined seedbead)s. However, when you add your final set of crystals, substitute red (every other bead on the outside will be red), and you've got a cute set of Christmas wreath earrings.These work up very fast. I've made these for myself and given a few as gifts to friends, and they love them!

beadinstyle wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 2:04 PM

I believed that when making your own earwires, that it was important to round the end off with a burr tool. A jeweler told me once that many so-called ear sensitivities and problems with earrings and metals were actually from trauma to the ear caused by rough ear hooks.

Has anyone else heard this?

on Oct 30, 2010 7:00 PM


I have been wire wrapping for 8 years and I know how to make my own earring wires. I just like to see if there are other ideas to be had. Did you know if you bought a jig you make your ear wires that way to. That seens to be what's comforable for me. Great idea using a PVC pipe to make ear wires.