How To Make Beaded Earrings

Here is an illustrated tutorial on how to make beaded earrings. I taught myself to do this many years ago, enjoyed it ever since, and have even sold a few pairs along the way. I can't say for sure that everyone makes them the same way i do, but this method has always worked well for me.

Materials Used

  1. Nylon thread
  2. Beading needles
  3. Seed beeds
  4. Bugle beads
  5. Earring wires (fish hook style)
  6. A lot of patience
  7. Passion for what you do

Getting Started

The first thing i do is take a long piece of thread. The length of both my arms stretched out is usually enough, maybe even a bit longer just to be sure. Thread the needle and figure out where the halfway point of your thread is. This is where you will begin your foundation row.

The Foundation Row

The foundation row can be made with seed beeds or bugle beads. When i use seed beeds i like to use three at a time, so actually i am ending up with something the same size as one bugle bead. That is totally up to you though. Here is how it's done.

Step One

Place 6 beads on thread and pinch together to look like this
Place 6 beads on thread and pinch together to look like this

Step Two

Finished Foundation Row

Whether you use bugle beads or seed beads makes no difference. The technique is the same. You can make your foundation row as wide as you want, and you will end up with a row like you see in the image below. Now you will begin beading the top part of your earring.

3 bead foundation row
3 bead foundation row

Top of The Earring

Pick up two beads and position them so that they lay flat side by side as shown above. Take your needle and bring it under the thread between the second and third bead, and then on up through the bead above.
Pick up two beads and position them so that they lay flat side by side as shown above. Take your needle and bring it under the thread between the second and third bead, and then on up through the bead above.
As you are adding the last two beads on top you could add the ear wire. Some people will add 5 or 6 beads at the top to form a loop for the earwire also.
As you are adding the last two beads on top you could add the ear wire. Some people will add 5 or 6 beads at the top to form a loop for the earwire also.

Continuing On

When you are beginning a row, always pick up two beads first as shown above. After that, you continue on but this time only picking up one bead at a time, until your row is finished. When you are done the row, turn your work and begin a new row. This technique is known as the brick stitch.

When you have finished and attached the earwire, simply weave the remaining thread down through some beads till you are sure it is nice and secure, Snip any thread remaining.

Time to add some fringe. We are almost done!

Adding The Fringe

This is the easiest part of making beaded earrings. After you finished the top of the earring, and worked in the remaining thread you should notice you have a long tail of thread below the foundation row. (Remember that's why we started the foundation row midway up our length of thread)

Thread your needle with this thread. Add as many beads as you prefer. Some people like short earrings, some people like long dangly ones. Follow the diagram to the right. Weave in remaing thread when you are done.

The Finished Piece

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Jacobb9205 22 months ago from Gloucestershire

Looks awesome, thank you for the tutorial!


ab 4 years ago

huh?


Tawnia 4 years ago

I thought step 2was the top where you put the earring hook on, after that I am lost. Made these types of earrings long ago have lost my pattern and still can't find the easy pattern I was taught.


Dee 5 years ago

I'm having trouble with it, what do you do after step 2 on the foundation row?


5 years ago

this looks confuseing as hell i like my loom better


S Barker 5 years ago

I love to loom bead just have trouble finding wide ends to put on braclets etc.


Tabetha 6 years ago

This is awesome! I have been working on earrings with 3 base strands and I couldn't for thelife of me get the earrings to look right... This explains why lol thank you so much for the great illustration, cant wait to try out these earrings :)


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karpouzian 7 years ago from Iowa

http://www.easybeadpatterns.com/

This is going to make writing hubs for you much easier!


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linjingjing 7 years ago

How To Make Beaded Earrings

This is a good idea


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C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

I never did this kind of beading and must admit my eyes are not up for the strain.You did a good job presenting this work. C.S.


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glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

Beaded items are so fun to make! I think they look great. Thanks for the tips!


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Night Writer 8 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks Zsuszy. I have way too much time on my hands, and i like to play with paint programs. :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Nightwriter your hub looks really great...the way you've got the beads set up...just gorgeous

nice HUB regards Zsuzsy

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