The earring is stylish and elegant.You can buy lots of different types at the store, but if you really want a unique pair, why not make them yourself?There are many different ways to make your own chandelier earrings.You can become an expert earring maker with a little practice.
Step 1: Pick your wire.
Decide how you want the earring to attach to your ears is the first step in making your own earrings.Straight posts, shepherd’s hook, and even clip-on varieties of ear wires are available at craft or beading stores.You can choose which design you prefer.Attach your earring to them with a loop.You can make your own shepherd’s hook if you’re good at bending wire.If you choose the shepherd’s hook design, it is a good idea to use plastic earring stoppers to prevent the earrings from falling out.
Step 2: Purchase wire, pins, chains, and rings.
The materials you need will be determined by the design of your earrings.If you want to experiment or make multiple pairs, you should get all of them.Different gauge jewelry wire is suitable for different applications.The thicker the wire, the smaller the gauge.20 gauge wire is ideal for bending into a simple chandelier design, but you may want to opt for a thinner wire if you plan on doing a lot of weaving or coiling.A head pin is a piece of wire that is used to attach beads to earrings.One end has a flat head.Eye pins are similar to head pins, but instead of a flat head, they have a loop on one end which holds the bead in place and allows you to attach another bead to it.If you don’t want your earrings to be completely rigid, you can hang beads from jewelry chains.They come in many different thicknesses.Small metal rings are used to connect beads.Unless you want to go for a mixed-metal look, all of these materials are available in different metal finishes.
Step 3: Pick your beads.
There are so many different options to choose from, and beads are probably the most exciting part of chandelier earrings.You can choose from materials like crystal, glass, ceramic, and plastic.They come in a variety of shapes and colors.If you are buying beads online, you should consult a size chart so you know how big the beads will be.Large beads can make your earrings uncomfortable.All of the beads that you find at a beading store or in the jewelry section of a craft store should have a hole that goes all the way through the bead, which will allow you to attach it to your earring.If you want less conventional add-ons, make sure you have a way to attach them.If you want to add a little more personality to your beads, you can buy bead caps, which are metal pieces that sit on top of the beads.If you don’t want to buy beads, you can make your own using materials like glass, paper, or clay.You might want to focus on learning one thing at a time since making beads is a separate skill.
Step 4: Get the right tools.
You will need a few simple tools to make jewelry.You may be able to get by with the tools you already have around the house if you are just getting started.A pair of rounded needle nosed pliers is a must for earrings.If you plan on working with thick wire, you should get a larger pair.If you need to make a sharp turn in your wire, you can use flat nosed pliers.If you bend a lot of wire, it’s helpful to have two pairs of pliers.You will need a pair of wire scissors.You can get away with using nail clippers if you are working with very thin wire.It is important to have a pair of safety glasses.
Step 5: Buy a chandelier.
If you want to start out small, you should buy a pre-made chandelier.The metal part of the earring is often very elaborate.You can find many different styles of chandelier findings by adding your own beads.
Step 6: You can use a wire jig.
If you want to make your own chandelier findings, you can bend your jewelry wire into a shape using a wire jig.The jig has small pegs that you can use to create loops and shapes.Wrap the wire tightly around the pegs.Wrap the wire around a single peg or multiple pegs to create larger shapes.You can either follow a template or use your imagination to come up with your designs.
Step 7: Take the wire and weave it.
weaving is an option for creating your own chandelier findings.This method is more complex and difficult, but it is also very versatile and beautiful.You can find a pattern in a book or online.You will need at least two frame wires, which are thick pieces of wire that you will use to bend the weaving wire around, in order to weave wire.The frame wires should not bend easily.You can use more than two frame wires if you want a larger design.Attach the frame wires with masking tape.You need to be able to manipulate your weaving wire between them.Depending on the intricacy of your pattern, the distance between the frame wires will be different.If you want the wires to be parallel or just at one end, they can be taped at each end.To create different patterns, use your pliers to wrap a thinner piece of jewelry wire between the frame wires.Depending on the look you are trying to achieve, you can coil the wire multiple times.After weaving your design, you will need to bend it into a shape for your earring with your pliers.
Step 8: You should plan out your design.
Before attaching the various parts of your earrings, it is a good idea to lay everything out and make sure you are happy with the design.
Step 9: Attach beads with a loop.
If you want to make a simple loop with your earrings, you can use your pliers.Attach an eye pin or head pin to your bead so that there is no excess wire in it.To bend the wire at the top of the bead, use a pair of pliers.Cut off any wire that isn’t needed for your loop with your wire shears.The amount you cut depends on the size of the loop.Take the end of the wire and bend it towards the bead, creating a loop.You can hook it over the loop on the chandelier finding if you leave it open.To close the loop, use your pliers.
Step 10: Take a look at the wrapped loop technique.
If you want your earrings to be more secure, use your pliers to create a wrapped loop.You need to be able to open the loop on the chandelier in order to attach your bead.Start by threading your bead with your eye pin or head pin.Make sure the wire is resting against the bead and there is no excess wire jutting from the bottom of the beads by grasping it with one pair of pliers.To create a 90 degree angle, use your other pair of pliers to bend the wire over the first pair.Reposition one pair of pliers on the horizontal part of the wire near the bend.To create a complete loop, bend the wire all the way around the other pair of pliers.Wrap the remaining wire around the loop several times and then use your wire cutter to trim off the excess wire.
Step 11: Use chain.
Chain can be used to add movement to your earrings.Chain can be incorporated into your design in many different ways.Chain can be used between the ear wire and the chandelier to allow more movement.You can use a chain to connect two findings.If the top piece is larger than the bottom piece, you can hang beads from both pieces.Multiple pieces of wire can be used to suspend beads.You can hang one or many pieces of wire directly from the ear wire.You can hang beads from the bottom of each chain.
Step 12: Other materials should be included.
Don’t feel like you’re limited to wire and beads because the sky is the limit when it comes to jewelry design.Feel free to experiment with other materials, like fabric, feathers, or rhinestones.