Basic Earring Beading Tutorial

Basic Earring Beading Tutorial

In this step by step basic earring beading tutorial we will have you creating lots of varieties of projects and accessories.

You will be applying the single or plain loop to head pins, as your main finding, for this second of the two simple beading techniques.

Remember, what you are actually creating is a dangle first. Then depending on the type of finding the dangle is added to will determine the accessory just created.

In this specific example for this tutorial learning the single/plain loop we are making earrings. But this same technique is used to create many different type of accessories.

So if you are ready to begin let's take all the supplies and jewelers tools and make a pair of earrings....


Then, let's get busy with the...

Basic Earring Beading Tutorial

Step 1: String Beads onto Head Pin

Begin by stringing the desired pattern of beads onto the pin.

Make sure the hole of the bead is large enough to slide onto the headpin but not too large that the bead will slide completely off of the pin.

Beading Tip:

If the hole of the bead is too large, begin with a smaller bead like a seed bead, 4 mm round bead or a flat rondelle bead. 

This serves two purposes;

  1. Keep the bead from sliding off.
  2. Provides additional decorative style.

As shown in this example. 

Step 2: Create a Right Angle

Once you are satisfied with your beaded pattern, with your chain nose pliers, press firmly on the head pin just above the top bead...

...bend the wire to create a right angle... should look like this.

Step 3:  Trim Wire to 3/8"

Using the wire cutters, trim wire down to 3/8". Please be careful in this step, the wire being cut will become air born so take precautions for yourself or anyone around you while you are cutting wire. 

Beading Tip:

Here is a tip to get a good 3/8" measurement.

Hold the flush side of the wire cutter to your first finger's nail, as shown above and below, do not angle the tool, hold it straight flush using your nail as a guide.

You will get very close to 3/8" every time.

Please Exercise Caution When Using Wire cutters!

  • The wire cutters are sharp and will cut flesh.
  •  Use Safety Glasses. [it says so on the tool]
  • The wire cut off will become air born.

[I share from experience on all accounts stated above either from myself or someone attending a class. Safety first keeps this fun and productive. Thank you for your attention to this detail.]

This has been a public service announcement. Now back to our regular programming.

Step 4: Create the Loop

Using the round nose pliers grip the wire between the jaws. Rotate the wire back in the opposite direction...

...continuously rotate the round nose pliers... 

...forming the wire into a circle...

...until the cut edge meets the opposite end creating a full round loop. You may have to release the pliers and rotate them, for hand comfort, to complete the full circle.

Now you have a completed dangle with a single plain loop. The dangle is now ready to receive the earring finding.

Beading Tip:

When making the loop, placing cut end of wire flush to side of pliers will create a round loop.

Placing the cut end of the wire tip outside the round nose pliers, will create an oval loop.

Step 5: Attach Earring Wire Finding

Using the chain nose pliers again, open the loop by rotating it up.

Using a fish hook earring wire, slide onto the opened loop.

Use the chain nose pliers to close the loop by rotating it back down.

Your project is finished! You made your first earring!

Admire a job well done!

Step 6: Repeat Steps 1 through 5

Now repeat steps 1 through 5 in this basic earring beading tutorial to make another earring and complete the pair. Practice makes perfect or at least to feeling more comfortable.

A Word of Advice and Encouragement...

...from someone who has 'been there, done that'.

You have seen, in this basic earring beading tutorial, an illustration from someone who has been creating these single loops for several years.

Mine did not start out like this.

I'll share a secret just between us, I had a hard time getting comfortable making these loops. I disliked making them very much, in the beginning. 

I had actually resolved myself that I would not try to teach this technique because I didn't think I would ever get it.

The motion was awkward and finding the sweet spot took lots and lots [and I mean lots] of practice. But that was me.

Now? is one of my favorite techniques.

Your first few attempts at making a single plain round loop may not turn out like the example above, but don't be discouraged. It may take you lots of practice as well, lots of trial and error to reach the point of satisfaction. 

Here are a few examples of some early attempts from others that have taken this class.

Mine were worse.

Even though they aren't bad for first attempts they still need more practice.

I encourage you to keep trying and trust you will find your comfort zone and your sweet spot for creating simple plain loops. 

Just a few more beading tips to consider as you begin and continue to practice mastering what you have seen with this basic earring beading tutorial.

More Beading Tips:

Beading Tip:

Practice makes perfect. Lots and lots and lots of practice.

Beading Tip:

When practicing making loops, make sure to have at least 2 or more beads on the pin, it will make it easier to hold in your hand.

Beading Tip:

A visual secret to keep in mind is that you are trying to create the look of a lollipop.

The circle needs to stand up vs. laying on it's side.

Beading Tip:

Buy a bulk package of base metal head pins approximately 3" to 4" in length.

They are affordable.

Beading Tip:

Get the feel for making circles with wire around the nose of your round nose pliers.

Hold the wire with round nose pliers and just curl the wire around the nose of the pliers making a continuous circle.

These don't have to be pretty, just practice to get accustom to the maneuver.

Have a Tip to Share?

These are not the be all, end all of instructions for making loops. There are a few variations. Share a tip with us that you would add to the basic earring beading tutorial if you have one. We all benefit from learning from each other. 

You can share you tips below.

Where to Go From Here?

If you worked through this project and completed your first basic earring beading tutorial then congratulations on working through the task of learning the basics to beading!

Where do you go from here?...

Learn a new technique or learn about more beading supplies. 

Have you completed the basic necklace beading tutorial?

Have you completed the basic bracelet beading tutorial?

Have you read on beading designs?

These are a few options to move onto or look through the navigation bar and see what else may interest you. Share a comment below and let us know how you did in your process.

Either way just move forward in your journey of learning how to bead and...

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