Maybe you’re like me and Valentine’s Day isn’t really your thing. The great thing about these earrings is they make really cute everyday earrings as well or a sweet gift to give your sister, daughter, niece, or best friend.
Although you know what I could really use this Valentine’s Day — or really any day of the week? Some really good hand cream. Man, are man hands dry and yucky looking. (Just a little heads up with the photos –I may plan a hand model in my product photos, but I can’t say the same for my tutorial photos!)
What you need to make these DIY heart post earrings
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- 20 gauge wire
- I usually buy dead soft wire sterling silver wire, but unless you tumble your earrings, this wire will be too soft so I recommend something a little harder unless you are using stainless steel which is harder to work with
- rubber Earring backs
- 2 pairs of flat nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Flush cutter
How to make your own earrings
Using your flat nose pliers, bend a piece of wire a little under half an inch from the edge of the wire at a 90-degree angle. This is going to be the post of the earring, or the part that goes through your ear. (Don’t worry if it’s a little long, you can always trim it down later. Better to be too long than too short!)
Now take your needle nose pliers and hold them parallel to the post part of the earring and perpendicular to the part you just bent. Wrap the wire halfway around one section of the plier. (Just a little side note, I’m not using needle nose pliers in my demo, but I don’t expect most of you will have these type of pliers at home. But if you do, feel free to use them!)
It should now look something like this:
Using your flat nose pliers again, make a 90-degree bend in the wire at the bottom, about 1/2 centimeter from where you just made the half circle, pointing the wire back up in the direction of the post. (FYI, I am now holding the wire upside down from how I was holding it in the above photo)
It should now look something like this (turned back right side up):
Using your needle nose pliers, wrap the wire in a half circle again, this time back toward the beginning f the heart
It should now look like this (almost there!)
Using your flush cutter, trim off the extra wire right where the wire meets in the middle of the heart
File down any sharp edges, use your flat nose pliers to straighten out anything that’s crooked, put on the earring backings and your cute little heart earrings are ready to be worn or gifted!