Whenever I meet people in shows, inevitably I get asked how long it takes to make my jewelry.
These earrings actually whip up super fast — during the busy season, I would easily crank out about 15 pairs of these elegant freshwater pearl earrings in an hour. (But don’t be alarmed if it takes you more than four minutes. When I first started making these it would take me about 15 minutes a pair.)
(Which, by the way, is faaaaaaaar less time than it takes to actually put this tutorial together. That actually takes me hours — so you’re welcome!)
For the longest time, these were my bread-and-butter jewelry. I always had a stand full of them at my shows and they were always one of my best sellers, if not the best seller. It still makes me smile when I see someone I know wearing a pair of them.
Here is what you will need to make these gorgeous 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
- Flush cutter
- I’m a huge fan of the Xuron flush cutter
- 1 pair of ear wires
- You can use an earwire with or without the little balls, depends on your preference
- 6 large jump rings
- I use 7.0 mm inner diameter sterling silver rings
- 6 smaller jump rings
- I use 4.5 mm inner diameter sterling silver rings
- 2 small jump rings
- I use 3.5 mm inner diameter sterling silver rings
- 2 small freshwater pearls
- I recommend about 5-6mm round pearls
- 2 ball head pins
YOU CAN PURCHASE MOST OF THESE MATERIALS ON FIRE MOUNTAIN GEMS OR YOU CAN PURCHASE THE KIT THAT INCLUDES EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS (MINUS THE TOOLS).
How to make the earrings:
Make four sets of mobius spirals: 2 sets with the 7.0 jump rings and two sets with the 4.5 jump rings (to see how to do that, check out my tutorial on how to make a pair of simple spiral earrings).
String one of the freshwater pearls onto the head pin.
By the way, can have I told you how amazing the airbrush tool on PicMonkey is? For whatever reasons my hands look all gross and dried out when I do my photos for these tutorials, but thanks to the magic of PicMonkey they don’t look half bad.
(But I won’t be closing down my business anytime soon to try my hand as a hand model. Har har har.)
Ok, back to the tutorial. Trim off the ends so that there is about 1 cm of pin sticking out above the pearl.
Bend the pin at about a 90-degree angle.
Wrap the hand pin around one nose of the round-nose pliers to form a head pin. (If you’ve never done this, I recommend checking out this video.)
Take one of the 3.5 mm jump rings and loop it through the large spiral and through the head pin you just made.
Carefully add on the smaller mobius spiral, and gently close up the jump ring holding them together until they make a nice click.
Add on the ear wire and adjust the earrings if need be so that the pearl is in the front. Repeat with the other parts and tada — your own elegant freshwater pearl earrings!
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