I don’t think I’ve ever told you this, but years ago I used to make my own earrings, necklaces, bracelets… you name it. It was fun and I ended up with quite a collection – especially earrings, I had one in every color to match every piece of clothing in my closet. I never wore bracelets or necklaces, but earrings were a must for me. Fast forward a few years, and I started getting alergies/rashes from wearing them. Now I don’t wear any accessories at all, except a bracelet from Tiffany’s and a watch.
For the wedding though, I knew I wanted to wear earrings even if my ears start itching after a while, and I definitely wanted to make my own! I won’t be wearing a necklace because of the neckline of the dress, so besides a headband (this one from Anthropologie) and my trusted watch & bracelet combo, the earrings are the only accessory/jewelry I’ll have.
After looking rummaging through my old jewelry making supplies and finding the necessary pliers, I went to a nearby store and bought the beads I’d need. I wanted something similar to pearl earrings with added sparkle, so I settled on (fake) white pearls and white and yellow small swarovski crystals. This picture doesn’t really do them justice, but here they are!
They were very easy to make, so I’ll show you how to make them in case anyone is inspired to make their own earrings. Gather your supplies…
- Rosary pliers (the round ones) and needle-nose pliers (the flat ones)
- 18 smallish pearls
- 16 swarovski crystals
- 32 short pins (they’re special pins used for jewelry making) and 2 longer ones (you build the earrings around the longer ones)
- 2 earwires (the piece you put through your ear)
And here’s how to make them:
In case you can’t read the instructions with the pic, here’s a recap: The first step is to insert a pearl into a short pin. Even if the pin is short, you’ll need to cut most of it using the needle nose pliers. Then, use the rosary pliers to twist it and form a loop. Repeat this step for all the pearls except for two, (so for 16 pearls) and for all the swarovski crystals. Using the remaining two pearls and two longer pins, insert a pearl in each pin. Then, using the loops you have just created, insert a row of 4 crystals into the longer pin, then a row of five pearls, then four crystals, then the remaining three pearls. Using the rosary pliers once again, twist them to create a loop and loop them into the earwires. You’re done!
What do you think of my 10€ bridal earrings? Have you ever tried making your own jewelry? I’d love to hear your tricks!