How To Make Earrings Out Of Anything

Discover how you can make jewelry out of a variety of objects, without the need for expensive tools and materials.

Yes, you can make earrings out of absolutely anything, except perhaps your kitchen sink and other inappropriately heavy objects. It is amazing how many things you can find that make wonderfully eclectic earrings that will have people asking where you got them every time you leave your home. They will be one-of-a-kind, which is one of the rewards of making your own jewelry, as you never need worry about many other people having the same look. That is, unless you choose to sell your creations. Get creative enough, and you can turn your passion for earrings into a hobby or business!

Some of the things that can be used to make earrings are fun buttons, crocheted flowers, unique beads, fishing lures, and even acorns. All you need is your imagination and a few basic supplies.

Crafts and bead stores generally have a good supply of jewelry findings, as do online jewelry supply stores. You can order gold or silver findings, or make your jewelry with gold or silver-plate findings, which are more affordable. To get started, you will need the findings of your choice, a decent pair of needle nose pliers, small wire cutters and a place to work that is comfortable. If you plan on using objects that do not have predrilled holes, you will need a drill and a small vise.

The basis for a dangling earring is a headpin. You string whatever material you'd like onto the headpin and then fasten it onto the earwire. Make sure that you leave at least 3/8 of an inch of the headpin exposed. Attach the headpin to the earwire by using your pliers to make a small loop on the end of the headpin. Bend the wire to a 90-degree angle, and then roll the small bit of excess wire around itself, which forms the loop. You then gently open the ring on the earwire, string the headpin on, and firmly close the ring again. If you want a shorter piece, simply snip the headpin to the desired length with the wire cutters.

If you would like to hang many things from one earring, simply attach a jumpring to the earwire instead, and string as many headpins as you would like onto the jumpring, also by opening and closing the jumpring with the pliers. Be careful to close the ring completely, while maintaining the shape of the ring. It is easy to become overzealous with the pliers, thus causing the ring to lose its shape. This also holds true when shaping the loops on headpins.

If you find an object that does not have a hole readily available for stringing, you can use a drill with a very small bit. Fasten the object in a vise, and drill a hole all the way through. You will want to use the drill bit that is the next size larger than your wire on the headpin, which will most likely be the smallest one. Some people have had good success using the Dremel tool, as it has very small attachments. You may also want to wrap parts of your object in a soft cloth, so that the vise does not scratch it. Very hard objects, such as stones, should be drilled professionally.

Hoop earrings are especially easy to make. Wire hoops are a common finding, and you simply string the items directly onto the hoop. After you have attached your objects to the hoop, you then bend the end of the wire slightly so that the items will not slide off, and the wire will attach to the other end of the hoop. For some items, you may need to drill a small hole, and insert an appropriately short length of an eyepin (a headpin, only with a loop on the end) into the hole, with a small amount of strong glue to fix it in place. You may then string it onto the hoop.

Post earrings are another type of earring that has many possibilities. Many post earrings that you see in stores are small, with pearls or diamonds attached to the post. However, there are virtually no limitations to what works of art you can make with a post. It is very easy to glue buttons, crocheted flowers, small stones, carved wooden pieces, etc. to a post. Some posts have small spaces for mounting items, while others have larger ones. Be sure to choose a post with a larger area if you will be gluing on an object such as a button. Once you have glued the object to the post and it has dried, you have an earring. This is perhaps the simplest earring of all to make.

You can also purchase posts that have rings attached. You can then attach headpins to the posts, and make earrings that dangle as well.

As a final thought, when making earrings, think about how long you would like them to last. This will affect your choice of findings. Use silver or gold findings if you would like your jewelry to last for a long time, as silver and gold-plated findings can lose their luster after a few months. It is recommended to make a few practice pieces using inexpensive findings, and then upgrade to silver and gold once you have mastered the technique.

Have fun making your own imaginative earrings!

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