Imagine it: you’re walking down the aisle of your favorite craft store and you wander upon the jewelry aisle. Looking at all the supplies and materials, you have this sudden urge to design your own jewelry.
However, you feel overwhelmed. What tools should you buy first? What supplies do you need? Do you buy wire or string? Beads or jump rings or both?
Believe me, I know, because I’ve been that person.
But don’t worry, we’re going to ease into it. Today you are going to learn how to easily make your own earrings, a beautiful pair of simple spiral earrings, with minimal supplies and only one tool. Ok, technically two, but it’s two of the same tool, and if you follow this blog you will see you will use two pairs of flat nose pliers over and over again.
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- 2 pairs of flat nose pliers
- 6 large jump rings
- I use 18-gauge 7.0 mm inner diameter sterling silver rings
- 6 medium jump rings
- I use 18-gauge 4.5 mm inner diameter sterling silver rings
- 2 small jump rings
- I use 18-gauge 3.5 mm ID sterling silver jump rings
- pair of fishhook ear wires
YOU CAN PURCHASE MOST OF THESE MATERIALS ON FIRE MOUNTAIN GEMS.
How to make your own earrings:
To get started, take three of the largest jump rings (7.0 mm) and close one of them (you know it’s closed well when it makes a nice click and the two ends are flush). Take a second one and loop it through the first jump ring and close it. Take the two looped jump rings and hold them so that there is a space between where they overlap. Think of it as you are making a very small venn diagram with your jump rings. In that space, loop the third jump ring and close it up. You’ve got the first spiral
Repeat the previous steps with three of the smaller (4.5 mm) jump rings. Now you will have two sets of spirals in two sizes. Open one of the small (3.5 mm) jump ring and loop it through the larger spiral like so:
Connect the smaller spiral by looping the small jump ring that is already looped through the larger spiral and loop it through it through the smaller spiral as well.
Once the two loops are connected by the small jump rings use the pliers to close it up tightly. It should look like this:
Take one of your ear wires and open the loop at the bottom and string it through the smaller spiral then close it.
Repeat the steps with the remaining jump rings and tada! A pair of lovely of simple spiral earrings.
How easy was it to make your own earrings?
A version of this post originally appeared on A Dish of Daily Life.
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