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How to Make Funky Bead Earrings

Updated on February 23, 2014

Simple Bead Earrings

Bi-pin with one large focal bead.
Bi-pin with one large focal bead. | Source
Wire with small beads atop cool charm.
Wire with small beads atop cool charm. | Source

Funky Bead Earrings

If you are looking for a quick jewelry making idea, earrings are just the thing to make. It only takes minutes to make a pair of beautiful earrings, and you can be very creative with a unique design as well. Earrings can contain one incredibly funky bead each, and be perfect just that way, or they can be an assortment of funky beads, and be larger in size, for more effect. You can use headpins, hoops, or wire, with a straight pattern or a curved one. Below I have a few examples along with instructions on how to make some funky bead earrings.

Materials You Will Need

  • Earring hooks: these are easy to add curled headpins to. These can be sterling silver, sturgical steel, and gold.
  • Earring hoops: these are easy to add beads to and are very inexpensive. They can also be used for wine-glass charms.
  • Jewelry grippers: use these to hold onto beads or wire without slipping.
  • Jewelry cone-shaped pliers: use these to curl headpins.
  • Flush cut snippers: use these to cup wire and headpins.
  • Crimp tubes: these are used to hold wire together.
  • Crimp tool: use this tool to squeeze crimp tube closed.
  • Jewelry wire: use wire to create earring loops.
  • Assortment of funky beads: create a pattern with large and small beads.
  • Crimp covers with loop: these are used to cover crimp tubes.
  • Jewelry glue: great for holding beads in place.

Beads on Wire Loop Earrings

Tools and wire.
Tools and wire. | Source
Crimped wire with cover.  Use glue to reinforce closure.
Crimped wire with cover. Use glue to reinforce closure. | Source
Finished loop wire earring.
Finished loop wire earring. | Source

Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings, bi-pins, beads.
Hoop earrings, bi-pins, beads. | Source
Large bead with bi-pin.
Large bead with bi-pin. | Source
Large bead with curled bi-pin.
Large bead with curled bi-pin. | Source
Hoop with beads.
Hoop with beads. | Source
Add glue to keep beads in place.
Add glue to keep beads in place. | Source

Beaded Loop Earrings

Beaded loop earrings are fun to wear. They have an alternative, modern flare. The tricky part is getting the crimp tube tight against the beaded portion, while holding the two wire ends still.

  1. Cut a 3 inch piece of wire.
  2. String beads, leaving 1/2 inch of wire exposed on both ends of each wire.
  3. Bring ends of wire together and thread both ends through crimp tube. Using crimp tool, squeeze closed.
  4. Trim wire down close to crimp tube. Place crimp cover over wire ends and crimp tube.
  5. Place dab of glue onto crimped tube. Squeeze closed, covering crimp tube. Allow to dry.
  6. Insert earring loop into end of crimp cover loop and close.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 for second earring.

Beaded Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings are probably the easiest to make. Hoops can be completely covered with beads or partially left exposed, like the one pictured here. All the beads can be the same or can vary. You can be creative by adding bi-pins to beads, giving them a dangling effect. Glue is optional, however, you are less likely to lose beads, if you use the glue to keep them in place.

  1. Bend "L" portion of wire so that it is straight. Place beads on hoop.
  2. Use bi-pins to create beads that dangle. Place bead on headpin, bend pin at 90 degree angle, curve with cone-shaped pliers, into a cirlcle.
  3. Place beads on hoop in a pattern. Here, I used 4 smaller beads placed in between the larger dangling beads on headpins.
  4. Bend end of hoop wire back to an "L" shape.
  5. Place a dab of glue onto last bead on each end of pattern.
  6. Allow to dry.
  7. Follow steps 1-6 for second earring.

Simple Beaded Earrings

Simple bead earrings are very easy to make. Choose a large funky focal bead as your main bead. Embellish it with a smaller accent bead or two. Charms and clasps can also make interesting earring accents. Use wire to thread beads, with curved ends, to attach to the earring hook and to the charm.

  1. Place large focal bead on headpin. Place accent beads on top.
  2. Bend wire 90 degrees at bead opening.
  3. Trim end to 1 centimeter in length.
  4. Curl end into circle.
  5. Open circle end on earring hook.
  6. Place beaded headpin onto open hook and close.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 for second earring.

More Funky Earring Ideas

Turquoise nuggets.
Turquoise nuggets. | Source
Gemstones and butterflies.
Gemstones and butterflies. | Source
Crystals | Source


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      Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

      Glass-Jewelry, thanks for reading. I agree, it would add interest to give some ideas for earrings such as using Murano glass which is absolutely beautiful. I will try to spruce it up with that information.

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      Marco Piazzalunga 5 years ago from Presezzo, Italy

      Hello Rosie,

      the information you gave are very useful and are focused on different ways to build the skeletal structure of the earring, that is the medium in which the various components are added.

      But it would be interesting to add what types of components you can use to create an earring attractive and elegant, such as Murano glass beads with their richness of colors featuring a strong personality to the earring itself.

      Beautiful and voted interesting!


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      Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Glimmer Twin and Wonder wool!

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      Priyanka Estambale 5 years ago from United States

      Lovely Jewellery..!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Another cool jewelry hub. Love the pair that looks like it has dots on it. Pinned so I can give it a try some time.

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      danielleantosz 5 years ago from Florida

      Cute ! I love using bead from broken jewelry to make earrings!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Your earring designs are fun!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I have yet to try making jewelry but this makes me really want to. The photos and explanations are so clear!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This looks like fun. I've made anklets and bracelets, but never earrings. Thank you for the step by step instructions!

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      Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

      Earrings are a great jewelry item to sell, as they take very little time and money to make. However, finding a good place to sell them can be challenging. Thanks for reading!

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Interesting. I keep telling myself I should make something like this to sell, then go back to the grind.