Essentials of Earring Making

If I knew now what I didn't know then…that's how I feel about everything that I've learned about earring making since I started beading over thirteen years ago. While I spent my time doodling beaded necklace and bracelet designs in my notebooks throughout college, ideas for beaded earring designs didn't come so easy to me.


Then a few years ago, I decided to challenge myself for the new year, and in January, I vowed to make one pair of beaded earrings every day for an entire month. It was terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time, and when I was finished, not only did I have over two dozen pairs of earrings for gifts for friends and family, I also had much more confidence in my own earring making skills.

Want to jump-start your earring making projects? Here are a few suggestions to get you going!

Ideas for beaded earring projects. Beaded necklace and bracelet projects always came pretty easy for me, but beaded earrings? Not so much. Fortunately, as I progressed in learning how to bead and picked up new jewelry-making skills along the way, I started seeing how lots of these techniques could translate into easy earring projects. It's true: sometimes, the best ideas for earring making projects really are the simplest.


Learn how to make your own ear wires. This seemed like the most intimidating aspect of earring making for me, but really, learning how to make my own ear wires has opened up an entire world of possibilities for me! Wouldn't it be fantastic if you could customize your ear wires using matching beads and colored wire? It's really easier than you think. You can either make your own ear wires using nothing but a thick Sharpie marker, or if you want to churn out perfect wires every time, it might be worth investing in the Easy Ear Wire Maker.

Asymmetrical earrings by Jean Campbell

Let Your Imagination Run Wild. Who says that earring designs always have to match? Michelle Mach doesn't think so, and neither does Jean Campbell! Earring making can be a ton of fun — and a great learning experience — when you just let your beaded earring designs do whatever they want to do. Surrender to the beads, and see what you can come up with! Mix and match your beads, color of ear wires, and dig through your craft supplies for things like ribbons, feathers, and vintage sequins for truly unique beaded earrings.


You'll always find great earring making projects in every issue of Beadwork magazine. For over 15 years, Beadwork has been bringing us innovative, artistic, and beautiful earring making projects. If your collection of Beadwork magazine is missing a few issues, now's the time to fill in the gaps! Check out all the back issues of Beadwork magazine on sale in the Beading Daily Shop — including some digital copies, too!

What would your best advice be to someone just getting started with earring making? Would you recommend a particular beading tool, or a particular technique for making easy earrings? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your thoughts, tips, and advice with us!

Bead Happy,


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