Find out what earring making supplies and findings beginners need to make earrings with beads in no time!
You can purchase supplies or findings to make earrings from many jewelry making suppliers.
Of course, most of us do wear earrings. But when it comes to making earrings we may be a little unfamiliar with earring parts, or findings.
Here, you'll find pictures and a brief description of some common earring findings and earring making supplies.
The part of an earring that goes through your ear is called an earwire. There are several types or styles of earwires. Most of us have a favorite!
Lever backs open with a hinge and have an open ring at the bottom. Open the ring with chainnose pliers as you would jump rings. Add a plain or wrapped wire loop dangle to make beaded earrings.
Earnuts help to hold post and sheppard's hook style earwires on our ears. Some earnuts also offer extra support in holding heavier earrings in the proper position on our ear.
Use rubber earnuts with sheppards or fish hook earwires to help keep the earwire on your ear.
Earring frames are very abundant. They make a great starting point for making homemade earrings. Why? Because you don't have to make the entire earring! Chandelier and hoop earring frames are two popular options. Just add beaded dangles and charms to make them your own!
Chandelier earring findings are wonderful. Half the earring is already made for you...Just add beads!
You can find a wide variety of hoop earring findings in the jewelry making supplies section of most jewelry making suppliers. Just pick up a few and add beads!
Bead caps cup or sit on top of beads, dressing them up. They add style to handmade earrings.
Closed Jump Rings
Jump rings are either open or closed (soldered) and are used to connect one bead unit to another or as decorative spacing within a design. Jump rings connect separate bead units together, making earrings longer or wider. Jump rings come in various shapes and sizes. They can be very decorative, adding style and pizzazz to your homemade earrings!
For making earrings, the most common types of wire used are sterling silver wire and gold fill wire. Wire allows you to make individual bead units and connect them to one another.
If you like wire jewelry, you may want to make the entire earring of wire (wire earrings) or make your own earwires.
Use 20 or 22 gauge wire to make earwires. Anything larger may not fit the hole in your ear and smaller gauges will bend too easily. Depending on the size of the earrings, use 22, 24 or 26 gauge wire as the wrapping wire when making wire wrapped earrings.
Learn more about jewelry wire.
Choose from an almost limitless selection of jewelry making beads for making earrings. Be sure to choose light weight or small size beads though or your earlobes will be weighed down and stretched!
You'll need an earring making tool or two to manipulate and cut wire to make earrings. If you need to, review here what jewelry pliers you'll use to make your own beaded earrings.
Now, make your own homemade earrings! For you, I've put together an entire section on how to make earrings of different types.
You'll find easy beginner instructions for making earrings... Make fashionable earrings, fun earrings, cool earrings, funky earrings and sexy earrings!