Anthro Knock-Off Earrings

I'm doing my very first Anthro knock off today! I decided to do what I know best: jewelry!

Edit: These are now available for sale in my etsy shop! Check out the listing HERE. 

I found these earrings online for $38 dollars. Sheesha! 38 bucks for just a couple pieces of wire??

I had everything I needed to make them lying around. And you can too! Here's how!

Supplies
 -Wire: I used 16 gauge and 20 gauge. 
-Jump rings
-Small silver seed beads
-Earring Hooks
-Needle Nose Pliers
-Round Nose Pliers
-Wire Cutters

This project requires some wire work, but don't be scared! It's really very doable. The most intense tools you will need are the hammer, hole punch, and anvil. I linked up to Amazon for very affordable versions of all of these tools. If you are really interested in jewelry making, these tools will take your work to the next level!! wire work. Believe me, it's addicting!

Steps:

Step 1: Cut out various size pieces of 16 gauge wire . Mine ranged from about half an inch to two inches.

Step 2: Use the largest side of your chasing hammer to flatten out the piece of wire on an anvil. Watch out for your finger on the small pieces! You can use tape to hold the wire in place if you would like.

This pictures shows the process of texturing the wire. The first one is the original piece of wire. The second I hammered using the largest side of the chasing hammer. The third I textured with the smaller side of the chasing hammer. 
 The original anthro earrings had a texture more like the middle version, but I decided it to texture it a little more because it makes the silver "sparkle" more and I think looks prettier to wear!

Step 3: Finish hammering all your wire pieces and lay them out how you want it on each earring.

Step 4: Use a wire hole punch (LOVE THIS TOOL) to punch a hole on the top of each wire piece. Set aside.

Step 5: Cut two pieces of 20 gauge wire about five inches long. Create a loop at one end by using needle nose and rounded nose pliers.

Step 6: Gently bend wire into a tear drop shape. Hammer the form lightly with the large side of the chasing hammer so it keeps it shape better,

Step 7: String your earrings with silver seed beads and your hammered wire pieces. Use a small jump ring to connect the wire piece to the earring form.

Step 8: After you are finished stringing on all your pieces, for another round loop on the end of the earring form. (sorry for the blurriness...)

Step 9: Connect it around the original round loop on the other side to close the earring forms.

Step 10: Use two more small jump rings to attach earring hooks onto the earring form

And then you're done!

I had all the supplies laying around, so it didn't cost me anything. If you don't have craft wire on hand, it's really not too expensive if you get aluminum wire (which is what I used)


They look pretty dang similar, eh??

I'll be sharing this with all the link parties in my header including Today's Creative Blog and Christina's Adventures
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87 comments

  1. Very similar, and actually I like yours better. Great job!

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  2. Amazing. I wish I could have anthro style for $0!! I may need to start making jewelry

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  3. And you're putting them up in the shop, yes?

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  4. Great job, girl! Very cute and I do like your pounded wire better.

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  5. Holy frick, I love these! I wish I had wire hole punches! Seriously so cool!

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  6. Holy Moly, you are so impressive!!

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  7. Love this! I'll have to try it :)

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  8. I love these! I think they turned out better than the inspiration!!! Great job!

    xoxo, Ashley J @ mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com

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  9. Very Cool! And very easy too!

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  10. Wow I'm impressed. You are such a pro at this jewelry making business.

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  11. wow brilliant!! love your version, great knock off!

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  12. Coolness! I love the texture you made on the wire strips!

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  13. I had no idea you could flatten wire like that! Your tutorials make me think that I could actually do this. Now to get an anvil...lol.

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  14. Those are awesome. I would have never thought of flattening wire. And that hole punch is an interesting tool.

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  15. So, can I just buy a pair from you? These are seriously beautiful, love them!

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  16. ok seriously. i love them. so great!

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  17. Great job, and congrats on the feature:)

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  18. Truly DIY.... I like yours better than those.

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

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  19. Yours are fab, so silmilar but much nicer than the originals!!

    Alison
    x
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  20. I want to try copper! Yours are much better than Anthro's. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  21. Metal hole punches are the greatest thing since sliced bread! Love this tutorial as it shows how easy it is to make small metal strips from heavy wire! Okay to feature and link in a future blog post so others can come visit? Pearl

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  22. Your version is definitely WOW and I'll pay more than $38 for it!

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  23. Saw these on Ucreate! I love them! Excellent job!!! Thanks for the great resource for jewelry supplies, too!

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  24. Wow. These are so cool! I love these earrings. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from tip junkie.

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  25. Those are awesome! I don't make jewelry, but your tutorial got me interested in trying. Very gorgeous :) Visiting from tip junkie.

    Linda

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  26. Found your blog through the link up on Vintage Wanna Bee. Love these! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I actually like your version of the earrings better! :-)

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  27. You did an amazing job! They do look like the originals! That is so clever! I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I'd love to have you! Check it out under the "Stashe Party" page on my blog: mylilpumpkinpatch.blogspot.com

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  28. Good job! I actually like yours more! You might want to check my blog out... I think you would like it!

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  29. Love them!!! I like yours better as well :)

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  30. how awesome! i love the colours on yours! xx

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  31. Wow this is so neat! I like your version better :)

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  32. I like yours better! Much prettier! Thanks for sharing how to make them. I probably won't, but I might use the idea on a bracelet someday.
    Hugs,

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  33. You did it again, Rebecca! So cute!!! Thank you so much for linking up!

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  34. You've been featured on Fabulousity Friday at Sweet Tea Serendipity. Come & pick up your award here: http://sweetteaserendipity.blogspot.com/2011/08/fabulousity-friday-7.html

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  35. I'm so glad there are other people out there who don't like to spend so much either!! Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing it!!

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  36. Hey sweety, i love the detail & tutorial..how smart!! thanks for sharing with us, love it..keep rocking with more tutorials :)

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  37. These are soooo cute!! I love the style and you did a great tutorial! I'll have to pick up some wire next time I'm at Michaels!

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  38. too cute! I like yours better,
    thanks for sharing @ catch as catch can
    gail

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  39. I'm so impressed by your jewelry-making skills!! You're awesome!!

    I featured this on my blog today :) Come grab a "featured" button!

    http://christinasadventures2010.blogspot.com/2011/08/sunday-features-32.html

    I also "pinned" it on my Pinterest board!

    http://pinterest.com/christinasadven/20-below-features/

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  40. Beautiful! If you get a chance I would love you to link your earrings up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/
    Hopefully I'll have some projects up by Wednesday to linkup to Your Girlish Whims.

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  41. Love it! I featured you at my Hookin Up with HoH party this week! Congrats.

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

    xoxo

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  42. Found you on Hooking Up with HOH #61. The earrings are super cute! Great idea to flatten out the heavier gauge wire! <3 them!

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  43. Thanks sooo much for linking these up to Think Pink Sundays!! I featured you today in my Crush of the Week post! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/08/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-18/ :)

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  44. Terrific and easy to follow instructions! Will be grying these this weekend! And GO PHILLIES!


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  45. I'm gonna make these today...awesome!!!

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  46. beautiful! wonder if you could do these with copper wire? I'm not really a silver girl

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  47. I like yours way better!

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  48. These are soooo cute! I'm featuring them today on Salvage Savvy's "My Followers Rock" post!!

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  49. So beautiful, I like yours much better. Thanks for sharing the diy!

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  50. Looks fantastic- Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter!

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  51. The moment I get my ears RE-PIERCED for the 4th time ... I am so going to make these!

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  52. Jewelry making is a craft I have yet to explore. You make it look so simple! Good work. Good luck on American Crafter!

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  53. Great tutorial! Very well done! And I, too, like yours better :-)

    I've been doing some bead jewelry and wire work but don't have (nor can afford) the chasing hammer, anvil and maybe even the hole punch (have one that will go thru stuff like the thin decor buckets but not sure would work here). Do you have any ideas of alternatives to these tools or are there none? Thanks for your reply in advance! :-)

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  54. Hey Pkae! You can try a regular hammer, and just find any metal hard surface. also, you can use a nail to hammer a hole into the wire. It won't be as pretty and will be more difficult but it can work!

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  55. Just visiting via U Create blog. ♥ these!!! wow, you did an amazing job :)

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  56. This is truly incredible!! fantastic job!!!LOVE them
    Anne

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  57. wow! so inspiring-never would have guessed you did this by hammering wire-pinning this and want to try someday soon!

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  58. They're beautiful and I'll be doing this, but it's not really fair to say the cost is $0, is it? There's the cost of your materials (and tools if you don't have them yet). Also, artists who are trying to sell their creations have to include the cost of their time...

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  59. They're beautiful and I'll be doing this, but it's not really fair to say the cost is $0, is it? There's the cost of your materials (and tools if you don't have them yet). Also, artists who are trying to sell their creations have to include the cost of their time...

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  60. We liked this so much over at Copycat Crafts that we featured it recently! You can view it here
    http://www.copycatcrafts.com/anthro-knock-off-earrings/

    We'd love it if you'd like to display a featured button! You can grab your button on the right hand side of your post. Thanks!

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  61. These ROCK!!! I'm so making these, thank you for sharing! Great job :)
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  62. I love them and I think that yours look a million times better. I like the texture and color of yours. I would more than likely get you to make them for me since I wouldn't make more than one pair and wouldn't need the tools for any other projects (or would I?). What other colors can you make them in?

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  63. If you don't have the wire punch you can also use round needle nose jewely pliers to "roll" the edge of the strip over & thread the wire through. (if that makes sense) :)

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  64. Your are BETTER!

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  65. Great job! They are a lot alike, but I like yours better. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

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  66. I actually like your earrings WAY better than the anthro ones. The amazing detail you did with the hammer makes them look so much more lavish! nice tutorial hun!<3

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  67. Hermosos, me gustaron más los tuyos que los de Anthro :)

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  68. For those of us without the wire hole punch, wouldn't it work to use pliers to make a loop in the end of the wire BEFORE hammering it, then just don't hammer that part? Or another idea, fold over the top of the hammered wire to form a kind of loop to run the other wire through? Just a thought. I'm planning to try these myself. Thanks so much for the great tutorial- they are beautiful!

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  69. How fabulous and creative. And to think I buy accessories like this on thrift stores whereas I can actually make them myself!

    -Bethany Morrison

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  70. your is so much better,keep the good work and thank"s for sharing

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  71. love them! and I like yours much better!!! I am making them now, but my ends seem to being sharp what do I do about that,, I must be doing something wrong,,,,, thanks,,,

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  72. @Jenn Wordern I just hammered the ends extra to make them not quite as sharp!

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  73. @Rebecca , I'm new to this jewelry making... these will be my first. Could you tell me what size wire hole punch? And where did you get the beads? Do you have an online supplier you prefer?Thank you!

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  74. @Christy I used 1.25mm hole punches, there is a link to the set I used up in the supply list. I got the beads from www.fusionbeads.com. They are good and so is www.primabead.com

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  75. Thank you @Rebecca for the info and the inspiration! Yay!

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  76. Hi, I'm new to this also, what kind of wire do I use and where do I get it?
    Thanks so much!

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  77. Lovely tutorial, thank you Rebecca for sharing it.

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