Skill Sharing: Earrings

Forum: Jewelry Making

Share your tips, tutorials, questions, and support … regarding the creation of earrings.
What have you learned from your experiences and your research?

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Madalynne Homme ...

Earrings can be very simple to elaborate. I found when wearing a larger necklace, I prefer a smaller earring to go with. If I’m wearing large earrings, I choose either not to wear a necklace or a very dainty necklace.

Earrings are a quick gratifying experience but not if you go with the more detailed kind. Learning to do a few basic wire working techniques will enhance your earring designing. For starters making a wire wrapped loop, jump rings and ear wires. You can forgo the last two as you can buy these, but the first is a must. There are so many free online tutorials that you can take advantage of. All of your bead magazines show how to make a wire wrapped loop. The sky is the limit…………reach for it!!

Debbie Pribele ...

stunning earrings and wonderful tips!!
thanks for sharing.

Madalynne Homme ...

My pleasure Debbie!

Becca Ross ...

I hate making earrings LOL

I have a really hard time with duplicating what I’ve made, so sometimes I just make a set of non-matching earrings, and instead of having them identical or mirror image identical, I just do them around the same theme, or with the same colours/components, just done in a different way. Like these. It’s actually a set of 4 earrings, which can be worn in multiple different combinations. :)

Debbie Pribele ...

well aren’t you the smarty-pants! What a fantastic idea.

Lesli Chang ...

seriously Debbie nice design & simple to elaborated..

Marta ...

Becca, did you know that you are seriously up on what some of the fashion people/designers are doing? At the Oscars one of the actresses wore mismatched earrings and that fashion designer Betsy Johnson does that. I think It’s a great idea! And a whole lotta of fun!

Becca Ross ...

No, I didn’t, but that’s pretty cool! I don’t really follow fashion trends and stuff.. if anything, I’m always ahead of my time LOL

Terrie ...

I was going to say the same thing Marta I just said. Matching mismatches are quite the trend, nowadays! I bought my daughter in law a set of the most adorable Betsey Johnson mismatched earrings for Christmas. I’m one of those people who has to be absolutely symmetrical and balanced, but even for me, I thought those earrings were so adorable!
Becca, your idea is fabulous! I really like the way you’ve made those earrings, and the idea of interchanging them. Very clever! And of course, as always, your workmanship is exquisite!

Terrie ...

Debbie, in your introduction to this forum, you asked the question “what have you learned….?” Well I can tell you, I’ve learned that I really like earrings, and I have way too many of them, now that I know how to make my own jewelry. LOL! Seriously… I have so many earrings now, it’s just ridiculous. But I have also learned, now that I’m making my own things, that I’ve become a little bolder and like larger, more sassy earrings, than the conservative ones I always found myself buying. Like plain, simple, gold hoops. Really? How many pairs of those can you buy?! Now that I’m making my own, I find myself making some really sassy and expressive stuff. And it’s great fun. It has really helped me to step out of my box a little bit. I’m also learning, that all of a sudden I have lots of friends! Seems like everywhere I go, people are asking me to make earrings for them! LOL! Hmmmmm……

Debbie Pribele ...

lol
that’s interesting re: “new friends” ;)

Terrie ...

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Madalynne Homme ...

I too have way too many earrings! And I still don’t have enough! I missing a few colors……….LOL

Terrie ...

I do, too! And I keep making more, because, like you, I don’t have the right colors for everything. I’m running out of space on my 3rd earring display (about 75 pairs on each one!), and STILL don’t ever seem to have the right ones. Plus, they’re so quick & easy, for the most part…quick gratification! Lol!

Mary Stubley ...

I’ve learned when making post earrings to use my ball burr to make a little divot to put the solder in. It stays where I’ve marked it and usually doesn’t flow over the back if I don’t use too big of a pallion. Less clean up! Also when making hooks, to make them in pairs at the same time, I love a small sharpie for forming.