Basic Beaded Earrings

Basic Beaded Earrings

The technique for basic beaded earrings is not just for making earrings.

If you're interested in learning how to make jewelry then learning this technique is essential to all your future designs. 

It is one of the two techniques that you need to learn to master the basic skills of bead stringing.

You do need to learn both.

Beyond the two techniques, it's just a matter of learning the variety jewelry making supplies.

Combine that with manipulating the huge assortment of beads in different ways with give you countless projects and different looks waiting for you to design.

The technique for making earrings is called a single loop or a plain loop.

It's not the technique itself that makes an earring, an earring.

What you are actually creating is called a 'dangle'.

The only thing that makes a pair of earrings, a pair of earrings is an earring finding called an 'earring wire'

Attaching the earring wire to the dangle, then and only then, gives you a pair of earrings.

Create the same technique, single or plain loop...

...add a different type of finding, then the dangle may become a bookmark or a key ring or even a zipper pull.

Now use the same technique again...

...add the dangle to a chain or cord and it is now a pendent necklace.

Are you starting to see the value of this technique?

So here is what we will cover in basic beaded earrings segment.


Shown here are the supplies you will need for your first basic earrings.

There are actually only two components you will need to accomplish this project.

Two earring findings.

That's it.

  1. headpins
  2. earring wires

Plus you will also need some decorative beads of your choice. If you haven't read basics of beads I encourage you to read it now just be sure to come back and finish this page.

Simple. Basic. Introduction level. 

Next we'll cover...

Basic Jewelers Tools

Discussed in the basic jewelers tools section, only 3 pliers are needed for any beginner project. 

For the basic beaded earrings we will be using all three of the basic tools.

  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters

Visit that basic jewelers tools now if you missed it, need a recap or just a refresher on this topic.

You will see each tool in use during the...

Basic Earring Beading Tutorial

The basic earring beading tutorial will be one of the steps to learning the two simple and basic beginner beading techniques.

I will take you step by step through the process.

This technique sometimes takes a little practice.

I won't lie, for me it took a lot of practice and I'll share more when we reach that point.

But let me assure you, the more you practice the easier this technique becomes. You will be whipping them out before you know it.

If you are ready let's go through that process of actually learning to create the single or plain loop first by unfolding the basic construction of the dangle and understand what goes behind it.

 Let's look at... 

Jewelry Anatomy 101
Basic Beaded Earrings

Jewelry Anatomy 101 was a method I created to help those in my class to break down the process looking at what goes behind putting this jewelry together.

I found it to be a helpful tool, allowing you to catch the 'concept' of how jewelry is made...only working backwards.

So we begin by looking at a finished piece of jewelry and dissect it.

It's been rather effective in the classroom so I want to share it with you here.

I have found it to anchor the whole process.

Let me start by asking...would you think these two items are made in the same way?

chandelier earrings

pendent necklace

Would you be surprised to hear they are created in the exact same way using the exact same process?

So here's the next question?

How do you go from this... this?


Let's look at that, shall we?

The beads are strung onto something, a jewelry component called a finding. Then a closure needs to be created to hold the beads in place.

But...what does that look like?

Beads are strung

Single Loop secures the beads in place.

It is now a dangle.

Then, depending on the finding added to the dangle will determine what the item becomes. Since we are talking earrings...

 ...we add a fishhook style earring wire to the dangle... it is an earring.

Here's my next question to you...

Do these basic beaded earrings look do-able or does it look too hard?

I'm hoping you answered do-able and that is what I intend to help you with. The step by step process of learning how to make the single/plain loop to make your first pair of earrings.

What's Next?

If you are now ready to move on...let's first learn and understand each component needed, found on the next page...

Basic Earring Findings

See you there...

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