So, as some of you may know, I’m a jewelry instructor at Michaels, and yesterday we held a meet and greet at the store. I had to make some samples of the things that we make in the classes, and I wore a pair of earrings that I had made a while back. Every time I wear these, people are so impressed and absolutely love them (sometimes that’s how I get people to join my classes! lol). While on my honeymoon in Hawaii (I know, I talk about it all the time, but go to Hawaii, and you’ll be the same way!), I came across these earrings, but they were $80! Although on vacation, and my honeymoon nonetheless, I couldn’t get myself to spend that much money on something I knew I could easily make. So I snapped a pic, and when I got home, I made them. And I’m so glad I did, because I LOVE them, and wear them all the time!
Here’s what you’ll need: (All of which I purchased at Michaels btw!)
- A pair of round pliers
- A pair of flat nose pliers (mine has a cutter at the end of it, but you may need a pair of wire cutters if yours doesn’t)
- 2 teardrop beads (I used pearl teardrops)
- An 18in chain (I use gold plated)
- 2 2.5in flat head pins (I used gold plated for these as well)
- 2 2.5in (or longer depending on how much wrapping you want to do) pieces of wrapping wire (I just used flat head pins and snipped the flat end off)
- 2 French ear wire fixings
I put that aside, and started wire wrapping my pearl teardrop bead. I put one of the flat head (or in this case round head, because it’s all I had) pins through my bead and made a loop at the top. You want to leave some room to wrap the excess wire around underneath the loop.
Did I not say they were easy!? Now, the ones in Hawaii were a liiittle more intricate, but I’m more of a simple kind of girl, so I scaled them down a little. I love my version, they’re perfect for some beachwear, and I also made them with faceted glass teardrop beads for a more dressier look. Hope you try them out, you’ll get a lot of compliments, and the best part is when you say “I made them myself”