Because why not? Making your own jewelry, especially something simple like earrings are fun and inexpensive. Plus, when someone compliments them or asks where you bought them, it’s very satisfying to say you made them and the other person is all “What?! No way!”
If no one asks, you can just pepper it into your conversation:
You: Hey what did you get up to last night?
Coworker: It was good! Decided to go for a nice meal at Mendy’s but then I decided I wanted to save the nice meal for another time and just get soup.
You: Sounds fun. So anyway, I made these earrings! Pretty awesome eh??
Not only that, but you can customize to whatever you want – colour, style, bead type. If you’ve ever looked up beads on eBay, you know that the options are literally endless. ENDLESS.
It can also inexpensive. Just buy the materials and spend a nice relaxing afternoon catching up on the Food Network (or whatever other people watch) and make your own earrings. You’ll just need a few tools, which you can buy at Michael’s with a coupon for under $20. You definitely need the snipper tool as well as the round-nose pliers.
Make Your Own Earrings
Earring hooks or thin wire
In this tutorial, I have these dangling earring hooks, but you can use something a bit more simple or create your own shape from wire. The important thing is to have a loop at the bottom in which you can attach your beads to.
Add a bead (or beads) to your metal pin, and at the base of the bead, bend the pin 45° with your round-nose pliers. Then grab the top point of that pin with the same pliers and loop it back around to where the pin originally was, but instead of being straight, it’s looped into a circle. Now you have a stand alone bead that can be added to the loop of the earring hook.
With my earrings, I bought these awesome blood red Swarovski crystal beads and wanted to create a cluster. For this, I clipped my pins to varying lengths. When I had enough, I attached them to a metal loop, which I then attached to the loop of the earring hook.
I feel like I’m saying loop and pin a lot, but I’m not a thesaurus and that’s what these materials are called, so figure it out.
You can buy the materials at Michael’s like I said, or there are beads and wire at different dollar stores. Or you can do my quick hack of going to eBay and looking what’s available for free shipping that is “Buy it now”. Usually they’re beads from China and area – super cheap but it takes forever to arrive and can be a gamble sometimes (i.e. turn out to be shitty).
Here is my finished product, but like I said, there are tons of different materials you can use to make tons of different styles. Just don’t over do it – your hand will cramp up the next day from prolonged sessions of beading off. True story.