On an average day, your jewelry is simple and understated. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, my friend. On a typical day, the jewelry I wear is what I would describe as simple elegance.
But on other days you want something that’s a little more daring. Something that makes a bit of a statement and is bolder, while still remaining classy.
(You are, after all, a lady.)
That’s where these gorgeous easy to make earrings come in. They are long and carefree but feature a freshwater pearl for a feminine touch.
(And the best part is knowing you made them yourself!)
Here is what you will need to make these DIY freshwater pearl dangle earrings. For your convenience, I have included affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here.
- 2 pairs of flat nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Pair of needle nose pliers
- Flush cutter
- 6 large open jump rings
- I use 16 gauge 9.5 mm ID sterling silver jump rings
- 4 small open jump rings
- I use 18 gauge 3.5 mm ID sterling silver jump rings)
- About 8 inches of 19 or 20 gauge wire
- I use 20 gauge sterling silver dead soft round wire (soft wire = wire that it easier to work with)
- 2 ball head pins
- 2 round freshwater pearls
- You can use a different type of small bead. Just make sure your bead is about 5-6mm
HOW TO MAKE DROP EARRINGS:
To get started, follow the first two steps in this simple DIY pendant necklace tutorial to make to sets of spirals with pearls in the center. (Stop before you get to the point where you are connecting the pearl to the spiral and return to this tutorial.)
Next, with the flush cutter, snip your wire so you have two 4-inch pieces. (You can make the wires long or shorter, depending on how long you prefer the earrings to hang.)
Using the round nose pliers, create a little loop on one end of each piece a wire. Grip the end of the wire between the pliers and gently roll the wire around them until it meets back with the rest of the wire.
Place the pair of needle nose pliers in the middle of the wires and gently bend the wire over the pliers to form the ear wire.
Don’t worry if it isn’t exactly halfway — it can be a little longer or shorter on one side. The most important thing is you bend the wire in the same place so that the ear wires match each other.
String one of the small jump rings through the loop and close it up nice and tight.
Take another small jump ring and loop it through the spiral, the loop above the pearl, and through the jump ring hanging from your ear wire.
That’s it! You’ve now learned how to make drop earrings with beads that are beautiful, feminine, and super easy to make. Amiright?
A quick note: if you find it easier, you can always make the spirals with the pearls attached and then use the other small jump ring to attach them to the ear wire. There’s no “right” order to making these.
A couple recommendations:
To give the ear wires added strength and shine, I recommend tumbling them in rock tumbler mixed with steel shot, water, and a drop of Joy dish detergent for about 30 minutes. If you do this, make sure you do this step before you add on the pearls (though you can do it with the spiral added on.)
You may also need to file down the other end of the wire, especially if it’s a little jagged. Don’t want it cutting up you ear! Tumbling it will also help smooth out any rough edges.
Personally, I love having a tumbler because I can throw any piece of sterling silver jewelry in there to clean it up when it gets tarnished. You can also easily clean your jewelry at home with supplies you already have at home.