Jewelry Lessons: How to Create a Simple Loop and DIY Wedding Earrings

Thursday, April 19, 2012 |

I'm back with another Jewelry Lesson!

Today I'm going to share one of the most important techniques (well at least I think) in jewelry making: how to make a simple loop.  And it really is simple to do - here it is in five easy steps!


Put your bead onto a head pin.  Bend it at a 90 degree angle right above the bead using needle nose pliers.  Trim most of the wire off using wire cutters, leaving only a short tail.  Grab the end of this tail using round nose pliers, and then bend the wire around the pliers into a circle.  Now you have a beaded charm ready to use to make jewelry!

You could also put more beads on the head pin and use it to make simple earrings like I showed in a previous jewelry lesson. 

For this situation though, I wanted a bunch of little bead charms to put on chain to make into earrings for my friend Caitlin to wear on her wedding day!


Pretty! (Want your own pair? I also have them for sale in my etsy shop)

 Here's a quick tutorial for how to make your own:

Supplies
8mm Pearls, 6mm Pearls, 6mm crystals, chain, earring hooks, head pins, needle nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters.

Steps

Step 1: Put all of the beads onto heads pins and make into charms as shown above using the simple loop technique. 

Step  2: Cut a piece of chain about 2 inches long and attach it to the earring wire.  To do this, open up the loop on the bottom of the earring wire using needle nose pliers, put the chain on the loop, and close the loop back up with the pliers.


Step 3: Attach your bead charms to the wire by putting the simple loop through the chain links.

Step 4: Close the simple loop back up using needle nose pliers. 

Step 5: Keep attaching beads on the chain until it is all filled up, and they will end up looking like this!


A very pretty pair of wedding earrings if you ask me! So what do you think, will you give the simple loop a try??

 I'll be linking up to these parties:


23 comments:

MiMi said...

Those are gorgeous!

Alison said...

Oooh these are gorgeous! I must get some chain so I can try this, I have swarovski crystals just sitting waiting for the perfect project and I think this might just be it:)

Alison
x

Christine said...

Cute earrings! Thanks for the tutorial. I am new to making jewelry and I haven't mastered this technique yet.

Christine @ Projectsaroundthehouse.blogspot.com

Sugarr2518 said...

I love all of your tutorials:) Keep them coming! I have yet to make me some jewelry, but I should because I have lots of different beads and chains now. Love the earrings and I'm pinning these for later! Thanks Rebecca:):)

Jennifer@frombehindthepicketfence.com said...

This is my favorite style of earring, and I wore some similar to yours on my wedding day. I will definitely try this. Thanks!!

Nethmi said...

woow ! Thank u a lot for the tutorial!! im gona make these for sure!!

Shannon said...

Beautiful! I may make these for my mom. She loves "dangle-y" earrings. Thanks for the tutorial :O)

Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It said...

Those earrings are absolutely beautiful! I feel so stupid I never figured out how to make the loop before. lol I'm definitely trying it out on my next project!

Shannon said...

I love these. I just made a pair of them for my mom for Mother's Day (as pictured) and thinking about making me a pair. What was even better was I just happened to have everything to make them (except the earring wires). I have some dainty glass purple hearts that I may try on mine.

Tanya said...

Those are beautiful!

Lori Stokes Wright said...

Very Pretty, thanks for sharing the tutorial. I found your gorgeous earrings at Weekend Wander.

Mindie Hilton said...

Very pretty earrings.

Chessa @ Antsi-Pants said...

So pretty! Thanks for the step by step. Very helpful!

Michelle said...

These are gorgeous! And what a great tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing!
Hope you have a great day!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.com

Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) said...

Such a sweet idea for the DIY bride! Thanks!

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

These are gorgeous! You make it seem so easy with your instructions too. Thanks!

RubysNPurls said...

Love these!!! I need to make myself some jewelry, thank you for the great tutorial!

Natural-Nesters said...

so cute!! Thanks for the tips!! I would love for you to stop by and link this up!

http://natural-nester.blogspot.com/2012/04/naturally-nifty-linky-party-11.html

Crystal said...

These are gorgeous earrings! :-)

Karen at Bargain-ista.com said...

Wow! These are beautiful and look expensive! Thanks for the tut :)

Becca said...

I had been looking everywhere to get this tutorial, and found it nowhere but here!!!!! I'm so excited to have found your website, I'm starting to make jewelry and this is the perfect place where I can get support. Thanks :)

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samanthacreed said...

Thanks so much for this little tutorial! I've been trying to imitate my favorite accessories for a week now, I just couldn't figure out how they make the loop. Why didn't I think of that?

- Samantha Creed

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