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Pearl earrings are easy to make, yet they convey elegance and sophistication. Whether you're making them for yourself, giving them as a gift, or starting your own little jewelry business, you can make these earrings quickly and easily yourself.
Part 1Part 1 of 2:Preparing Your Pearls and Equipment Download Article
- 1Choose beautiful, real pearls for your earrings. Real pearls should have a slightly rough surface that creates friction. They will also not be perfectly round. However, it is almost impossible to tell if a pearl is real.XResearch source Make sure the pearls you are using are the size and shape you’re looking for. They’ll also need a hole to run the pin through them.
- 2Use clean pearls. If you need to clean your pearls, there are effective and easy ways of doing that without damaging the pearls. You’ll need designated jewelry cleaner and a soft cloth. Avoid ammonia, harsh chemicals, ultrasonic cleaners, toothbrushes and other abrasives. Use only jewelry cleaners specifically labeled as safe for pearls.Advertisement
- 3Make both earrings step-by-step together. This is not absolutely necessary but very helpful. Assembling both earrings together will make it easier for you to do each step, particularly when you’re new to the process. This also tends to make each step for one earring consistent with each step for its matching earring.
- 4Prepare your equipment, including safety equipment. Don’t forget to wear safety goggles as well to protect your eyes. You’ll also need two headpins, two French hook earring wires, round nose pliers, and wire cutters. Headpins and earring wires are available at craft stores or art supply outlets.
- Headpins are straight pins that have a ball or a flat circular surface at one end to stop a pearl or bead from sliding off. Decide whether you want a flat or balled end, and whether you’d like a silver or brass/gold-colored pin.XResearch source
- French hook earring wires are long, curved hooks that go through the ear and hang on their own; they don’t require an earring back.
Part 2Part 2 of 2:Assembling Pearl Bead Earrings Download Article
- 1Slide the pearl onto the headpin. It should not slide off the other side, but be held in place by the flat head or ball head of the pin. So, let the pearl slide to that side of the headpin.XResearch source
- 2Bend the headpin. Bend close to the pearl, just about a half centimeter above it. Use your hands to bend the pin above the pearl at approximately an 80 degree angle.XResearch source
- 3Hold with round nose pliers. Grip the bent wire with round nose pliers directly above the pearl.
- 4Make a loop. Start making a loop by bending the headpin clockwise around the tip of the round nose pliers. Adjust your pliers if you need to.XResearch source
- 5Bend the wire until you have a complete loop. The loop should not be very large. It should wrap nicely around the round nose pliers so that it’s just the circumference of the end of the pliers.
- 6Cut off the excess wire. Use wire cutters to cut off the extra wire that does not form part of the loop. Cut above the loop so that just the loop is remaining. Always protect your eyes with safety goggles when cutting wire.
- 7Open the loop slightly. Using your round nose pliers, open the loop just enough to slide the French hooks onto the loop.
- 8Close the loop. Re-close the loop completely to prevent the hooks from slipping out. All finished!
- QuestionCan I use paper clips?Community AnswerIt will hurt more, and be more uncomfortable. They're also harder to bend, so it is best if you do not use paper clips.
- QuestionCan I make them with fake pearls?Community AnswerYes. Those are a lot cheaper and still very pretty. Fake pearls come in stands in oodles of metallic colors (or you can just stick with the classic white or cream).
- QuestionWhat can I use instead of wires?Community AnswerYou can make your own earring wires out of plain wire instead of buying them pre-made, but it's best to just use something made of metal, like a paper clip.
- QuestionWhat do French hook earring wires look like?Community AnswerOn one side, there's a line of metal that is at a slant. The slant curves slightly upwards, almost straight, at the end (the back of your ear). On the other side of the slant is a half circle shape, which drops down into a loop you can attach the pearls to with a jump ring (or directly when you're making the head pin loop). You can look up "French hook earring wires" on Google if you want to see pictures.
Things You'll Need
- Two headpins of 2 inches (5.1 cm)
- Two or more pearls of your choice
- Two French hook earring wires
- Round nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Safety glasses