Monday, October 21, 2013

How to Make Easy Dangle Earrings and Necklace

How to Make Easy Dangle Earrings and Necklace

Today I'm going to show you how to make some super easy dangle earrings and matching necklace. You can probably make the whole set in 10 minutes or less. I love projects like that.

I used to think that making jewelry was too hard and not something I could ever do. My sister showed me the basics about two years ago. Things like opening a jump ring and forming a loop. Two of the most basic, but often used parts of jewelry making. I realized that it wasn't really that hard. Well, to be honest, at the time I had long fingernails and it was kind of hard to hold onto those little beads. But the techniques weren't hard at all. So if any of you have wanted to try to make your own jewelry, but have been intimidated, I encourage you to try. You may surprise yourself like I did. 

 This is part of my October challenge with Prima Bead. We answered a survey and we each got our own unique box of supplies tailored to us. It's been fun to see the different stuff we all come up with when we get the same thing. It's going to be really exciting to see all the projects this month.

Our coordinator, Laura, put a lot of time and thought into what she sent. My favorite color is green. Now I have plenty of different shades and styles of green to add to my creations. I was glad to see the bronze findings, since I only had silver.  Do you see those cute little sewing charms? And I was especially touched by the mom charms, with the little boy and girl. I feel that being a mom is my most important job and somehow Laura picked up on that. Thanks again Laura!

How to Make Easy Dangle Earrings and Necklace

Lets get on with the tutorial.
How to Make Easy Dangle Earrings
1. Supplies needed: earwire, head pin, 3 jump rings, bead, and a two hole connector bead/charm.

2. Form a loop using a head pin.

3. Attach a jump ring to the earwire.

4. Using a jump ring, attach your bead to the first jump ring. I've learned from experience that you need two jump rings in order for the bead to face the forward and not twist to the side.

5. Attach your end bead with a jump ring.

That's it!  Super easy! Now just repeat for your other earring.

For the necklace, follow the same process, but instead of having two jump rings attached to an earwire, you will just use one large jump ring and slide it onto a chain. You can make your own chain or use a ready made one. To make your own chain, attach a clasp with a jump ring on one end of your desired length of chain. Add another jump ring to the other end of your chain.

I also made a coordinating bracelet.

How to Make Easy Dangle Earrings and Necklace
This is just as easy. Basically you form a loop, using eye pins, on each of your beads. Then attach them all together with jump rings. Add a clasp and you're done.

I hope this inspires you to make some jewelry.

 I am a Prima Bead Blog Team Member. I receive product from Prima Bead. In return, I create jewelry pieces from that product, and share about them through my blog and other social media outlets. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.