Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Earring Tutorial - Turquoise Beads

This past weekend I made a new pair of turquoise earrings from a necklace that I made several years ago...and NEVER actually wore.

 Would you like to learn how to make a pair? Read on!

You Will Need

Beads (you choose the color)
Beading Pliers
Earring Hooks
Beading Wire
Crimp Beads
Metal Loops (IDK what these are actually called but you'll see what I mean)

Here is the necklace...

I wanted to reuse all of those beautiful beads so I just snipped it with a pair of these...

Beading Pliers
...and then I started my project.

Step #1
Straiten/flatten the loop on your earring hook so that you can remove the existing bead(s) and add one of your "new" beads.

Step #2
Using the flat part of your pliers, bend the wire backwards and then, using the round part of your pliers, recreate a loop at the base of the earring hook.

Step #3
Take the metal loop and link it to the earring loop (you will have to open it slightly and then clamp it back together so that there is no space/gap. If you leave a space/gap then your link will easily break causing your earrings to fall apart).

Metal Loop

Step #4
String colorful beads of your choice onto the beading wire (this may look thick but it actually very thin and very flexible and easy to work with). I used 5 beads for the inner loop and 9 beads for the outer loop (depending on the size of beads that you are using you may want to use more or less).
Note: You can find beading wire at most craft stores and sometimes at Wal-Mart.

Step #5
Take your crimp bead and string all (4) of the wire ends through it.
Note: You can find crimp beads at most craft stores and sometimes at Wal-Mart.

Crimp Bead

Step #6
Now string all (4) of the wire ends through the metal loop, bend them around the loop and back through the crimp bead.
Tip: When stringing them through the crimp bead for the second time, it helps to push each wire through separately rather than all at once...it's a bit of a tight fit.

Step #7
Using the flat part of your pliers, squeeze the crimp bead flat over all the wires.

Step #8
Cut off all of the loose ends as close to the crimp bead as possible.
Tip: I have found that you can get a closer cut with a sharp pair of scissors than the wire cutter on the pliers.

Taa Daa!!!

 I just love the way they turned out and will be wearing them all Spring and Summer! I am planning to use the leftover beads to make a matching, double strand bracelet. 

Don't you think these would make a fabulous gift?

Happy jewelery making!


  1. You're gorgeous! Love the earrings!

  2. Hi Detta,
    I just wanted to let you know that I'm launching a new site that's a collection of different jewelry projects, www.AllFreeBeadedJewelry.com, and that I linked to this project:

    I would like to know if I can link like this to you, including a photo, in the future. Or if you would be willing to allow me to post projects in full on the site - full credit will always be given to you, of course. It would be yet another source of traffic to your blog.

    Please let me know, I would love to work with you further.
    Maggie Kmiecik

  3. Maggie, I am flattered that you want to use my tutorial on you site. Of course you may use it (pics and full tutorial). I just ask that you link it back to the original blog post.

    <3 b

  4. These look like they have a nice swing to them. Cool!

    Jewelie Dee

  5. Wow you are great and have done the great job. Now I can Easily made the Turquoise beads earrings for my love.Thanks a lot...

  6. I really appreciate you allowing AllFreeBeadedJewelry.com to link to your tutorial (which btw is precisely how I landed here ;-). I'm new to the Jewelry making community and am quite frankly very intimidated, self-doubting and all-around scared as can be. I stumbled upon AllFreeBeadedJewelry.com and am so thankful for such a wonderful resource…after all, it lead me to APlaceEmbracedByHarmony.com – thank you for Earring Tutorial - Turquoise Beads, they’re beautiful…in fact, I am going to attempt to make them just as soon as I post this message ...I only hope they turn out somewhat close to yours =)


  7. i would use a crimp bead cover to cover up the ends. it would look neater and more professional. thanks for the tutorial!