How To Make Swing Style Earrings

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Flexible beading wire is used mostly for making necklaces and bracelets, but here I’m using it to make simple, modern, swing style earrings.

First, remember that when you thread beads with the wire still on the spool instead of cutting the wire in advance it makes the wire less likely to kink and helps to eliminate waste.

homemade swing style earrings

What You Will Need

swing style earring supplies
Swing Style Earring Supplies

How To Make Them

Step1 Slide a crimp bead onto the spool of beading wire, followed by 16 seed beads, one 9mm bead, and then 16 more seed beads.

Slide beads onto beading wire

Step2 Take the tail of the wire and thread it back through the crimp bead, making a teardrop shape approximately 3/4in (2cm) wide, and 1 1/4 in (3cm) long under the crimp bead. Take up any slack from the spool end instead of the tail end to conserve wire. Leave the wire tail about 3/4in (2cm) long.

making a teardrop shape

Step3 Hold the earring between your fingertips right under the crimp bead. Turn the tail of the wire under the back through the crimp bead, forming a loop.

Pull so that the loop measures about 1 1/2in (4cm).

Forming a loop

Step4 Put the crimp bead in the crimping pliers parallel to the loop. Crimp the bead, and then trim the excess wire.

Crimp the bead

Step5 Repeat steps 1-3 for the second earring.

Step6 To finish, attach the loops to ear wires, using chain-nose or bent chain-nose pliers to open and close the jump rings.

Homemade Earrings

When learning the basics of how to make homemade earrings, size and weight need to be considered, but apart from that, anything goes.

There are jewelry findings to attach any type of earring, bead, or pendant to any ear wire.

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