Here’s an easy way to make customized earrings on a budget! First head to a store specializing in beads or custom jewelry. We went to Bead It! Kaimuki which is about 10 minutes away from campus by bus. Bead It! has a wide selection of beads and jewelry hardware. For $15 or less, you can make something out of gold, crystal or pearl instead of paying $10 at Forever 21 for jewelry that tarnishes.
These are the supplies you will need:
- A pair of earring wires
- Soft thin wire (ask the employees about this)
- Wire cutters and roundnose pliers (if you dont have a wire cutter and roundnose pliers you can use toenail clippers for cutting wire and a small metal nail to make little loops or anything skinny and cylindrical; it will take a little manuvring but it’s completely possible!)
We chose to use smoky topaz briolletes (the teardrop shaped beads that have a whole drilled through the top) with chocolate brown fresh water pearls. This look can be changed by picking different chains, chain lengths, earring wires, or top drilled beads.
Step 1. View the video below with two different options on wrapping your beads. Option one is clean, simple and classic. If you want a more luxurious look, pick option two. Make sure you stop before you close your loop we still need to add a few more touches!
Step 2. Before you close the loop, add your small bead on the short wire then add your chain. It should look like this.
Step 3. After that, you should have a bead attached to a chain. Next, add your earring wire by opening the small loop. Be gentle because you don’t want to bend it out of shape!
Step 4. Close up the earring wire loop by gentlely pinching it shut. The finished product should look like this!
This is another look you can create using option one in the video!
Now, you’re ready for Spring Break with new earrings! Enjoy!