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How to Make Simple Amber Round Shell Earrings

Andrea is a handmade jewelry designer and is an aspiring jewelry design student at Ashworth College and New York Institute of Art & Design.

Image of the Design

Article Summary

This is a tutorial explaining how to create a simple pair of earrings that are not too heavy in weight and are not too long. The design is also beginner-friendly for all ages and is made by hand plus it does not require much effort or time to make.

Materials Needed

Bead Gallery Amber Dyed Shell Round Beads 6mm

Bead Gallery Amber Dyed Shell Round Beads 6mm

Bead Gallery Amber Dyed Shell Round Beads 6mm

Bead Gallery Amber Dyed Shell Round Beads 6mm

Bead Landing Fishhook Ball Coil Earring Wires

Bead Landing Fishhook Ball Coil Earring Wires

Bead Landing Clear Flower Earring Backer

Bead Landing Clear Flower Earring Backer

Bead Landing Eyepins Assorted

Bead Landing Eyepins Assorted

What You Will Need

  • 4 Bead Gallery Amber Dyed Shell Round Beads 6mm
  • 2 Bead Landing Eyepins
  • 2 Bead Landing Fishhook Ball Coil Earring Wires
  • 2 Bead Landing Clear Flower Earring Backers


Tools Needed

Jewelry Pliers Toolset by Bead Landing

Jewelry Pliers Toolset by Bead Landing

Round Nose Pliers.

Round Nose Pliers.

(30.48cm) 12 Inch Clear See Through Ruler.

(30.48cm) 12 Inch Clear See Through Ruler.

Round Nose Pliers

Round Nose Pliers (it is the white one in the image above)
The toolset in the image above is similar to the one that I have been using since I started making jewelry in 2014. The reason why I bought that toolset is I liked the price and I thought that the toolset looked beginner-friendly for me. The set in the image above looks beginner-friendly and has an awesome price for those who are starting. The pair of Round Nose Pliers that are pinkish-purple in the image above are the ones that I use. They are from an older toolset. The other tools will be used in future tutorials.

6 Inch (15.24cm) To 12 Inch (30.48cm) Ruler

6 inch (15.24cm) to 12 inch (30.48cm) ruler to measure the eye pins/headpins. I prefer to use a clear ruler to measure the eye pins/headpins, but a wooden ruler works as well. Some of the best places to find them are Walmart, Target, Office Depot, and of course Michael's Arts and Crafts Stores.

How to Make Them

An example of what an eyepin looks like.

An example of what an eyepin looks like.

Step One

Find two eye pins that look like they are about one inch in length. Measure them to see if they are one inch in length or close to it. If they are not about one inch keep going until you find two that are about one inch in length.

Step Two

Put the beads on an eye pin that is around one inch in length. Repeat for the other earring. Leave some space at the top for making the loop in Step 3.

Some Reference Images

A eyepin and a fishhook looped together.

A eyepin and a fishhook looped together.

A eyepin and a fishhook looped together.

A eyepin and a fishhook looped together.

An eyepin with a open loop.

An eyepin with a open loop.

Step Three

3. Once that is done, using a pair of round-nose pliers to make a loop at the top for the fishhook and place the fishhook in the hole. Repeat for the other earring. To keep it in place in the ear use a backer to keep it from coming out for both earrings. See photos above for reference.

Important Tip

You can make each earring longer by adding more beads and use a longer eye pin/headpin if desired. In addition you can also use three inch eyepins/headpins. The images for them are below. I chose silver for the project but you can try copper, gold, or just about any color. Get creative with it!

Images of Three Inch Eyepins/Headpins

Three Inch Headpins.

Three Inch Headpins.

Three Inch Eyepins.

Three Inch Eyepins.

I hope that you enjoyed the tutorial and are going to try to make the earrings.

All supplies are found online and in stores at Michael's Arts and Crafts Stores. Also, my images are screenshotted online from the Micheal's Arts and Crafts Store Website. All photo credits go to Michael's Arts and Crafts Stores. The images that are mine are the pictures of what the designs look like, the tools, and the supplies used. They are watermarked with @andreasfreelancewriting. That is the Instagram account that I created mainly for my freelance writing work.


Product Links

  • https://www.michaels.com/bead-gallery-amber-dyed-shell-round-beads-6mm/10447938.html
  • https://www.michaels.com/bead-landing-eye-pins-assorted/M10443105.html?dwvar_M10443105_count=90
  • https://www.michaels.com/bead-landing-clear-flower-earring-backer/10443118.html
  • https://www.michaels.com/bead-landing-fishhook-ball-coil-earring-wires/M10185338.html?dwvar_M10185338_count=60
  • https://www.michaels.com/3in-silver-eye-pins-by-bead-landing/10443041.html

  • https://www.michaels.com/3-in-headpins-by-bead-landing/M10185333.html?dwvar_M10185333_size=3%20in&dwvar_M10185333_color=Silver
  • https://www.michaels.com/jewelry-pliers-tool-set-by-bead-landing/10334538.html

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Andrea Partanen

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