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How to Make Simple Rectangular Dark Blue Glass Swirl Earrings

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

Images 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 Dark Blue Glass Swirl Cut Beads 14mm

Bead Gallery Dark Blue Glass Swirl Cut Beads 14mm

Bead Gallery Dark Blue Glass Swirl Cut Beads 14mm

Bead Gallery Dark Blue Glass Swirl Cut Beads 14mm

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 Headpins Assorted Sizes

Bead Landing Headpins Assorted Sizes

What You Will Need

  • 2 Bead Gallery Dark Blue Glass Swirl Cut Beads 14mm
  • 2 Bead Landing Headpins
  • 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 headpin looks like.

An example of what an headpin looks like.

An example of what an headpin looks like.

An example of what an headpin looks like.

Step One

Find two headpins 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 headpin 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 headpin and a fishhook looped together.

A headpin and a fishhook looped together.

A headpin and a fishhook looped together.

A headpin and a fishhook looped together.

An headpin with a open loop.

An headpin with a open loop.

Step Three

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-dark-blue-glass-swirl-cut-beads-14mm/10427613.html
  • https://www.michaels.com/bead-landing-head-pins-assorted-sizes/10443044.html
  • 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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