Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Simple Pearl Earrings Tutorial

We have another pair of earrings for you today!  This one is just a step up in difficulty from the last post.  If you're interested in learning to make jewelry, this is a great place to start.
I loooove pearls.  And I love pearl earrings.  They match perfectly with an elegant outfit, but can also dress up casual jeans.

For these earrings you will need:

chain nose pliers
wire cutters
round nose pliers
earring findings
and pearls (as many as you're up to)

Start off by stringing the pearls onto your headpins.  It's hard to tell in the photo, but the bottom pearl is larger than the one on top.  I think it looks nice that way.

Next, bend your wire down ninety degrees.

Now we will be making a chain link.  I chose this method for these earrings (instead of simply making a loop), because I like pearls to stay on securely.  To me pearls are special :)  And a chain link is very hard to break.  You can find a video tutorial for making a chain link here.  But I've taken a few photos for you too.  If you like, you could just make the loop :)

Start by grasping your wire with your round nose pliers about a quarter inch from the bend.  (My wire is crooked in the photo because I accidentally bent it into a loop before realizing I had to take a picture.)

Twist your pliers towards your bend until a loop is formed.

Next grab your loop with the chain nose pliers and hold it while you wrap the long tail end of the wire around the loop.  See how safe that is?  Trim the excess wire with the wire cutters.

Now you'll attach your pearls to your earring findings by opening your finding loop.  You'll want to be careful to open the loop by bending it to the side.  Otherwise, if you open it by pulling the loop straight out your circle might go all out of whack when you try to bend it back again. You can find another video tutorial for opening loops here.

Hook on your pearls and close the loop.
Yay!  You're done!  Now go wear those pearls!


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