Mama Carrie Makes

Friday Craft, Tutorial 2: Charm and Chain earrings

This is a variation on the Simple Earrings from last week.  Chain is a very easy way to create unique earrings with minimal supplies.

What you will need to make one pair of Charm and Chain earrings:

round nose pliers  |   chain nose pliers   |   wire cutting pliers

length of jewelry chain   |   5 or 6 2″ headpins   |   assorted beads   |   2 earring hooks

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Clean and straighten out your headpins.  Clean your earring hooks too.

Play with your beads until you have a combination you like x2.  Of course, your earrings do not have to match. In this piece, I couldn’t tell if I wanted to use 3 charms per earring or 5. So I made both so I could see the final product. (I liked the 3 charm version.)

Choose how many links of the chain you wish to use per earring. I’m using a chain with large circles, and find that 3 links are good for statement earrings that aren’t too long for most customers.

Using your round nose pliers, bend the head pin 90 degrees just above the top bead.  Repeat this step with the other head pins. (For consistency’s sake, it’s important to take each step with each charm at the same time. This way they all come out the same length!)

Now bring the long tail of the head pin over the pliers. Repeat this step with the other head pin.

Insert the bottom chain link into the loop you’ve just created, then use the round nose pliers to hold the loop firmly and the chain nose pliers to wrap the remaining wire around itself just above the top bead.  Repeat this with the two other beads. Repeat this step with the other earring.

Open the bottom loop of your earring hook, and insert the top link of your chain. Repeat this with the other earring hook.

Viola!

Next Time: Crafty Books!

MCM

Part I   |   Part II   |   Part III   |   Part IV   |   Part V   |   Part VI   |   Part VII   |   Part VIII   |   Part IX   |   Part X

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Author: mamacarriemakes

Wife, mother, friend, crafter/artist, rad fattie, nerd, administrative superstar, adoptee, caregiver, humanist, tattooed nose-ring bearer.

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