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Making Earrings


Beginners Guide to Making Earrings


It is so cheap to make your own jewellery that everyone should have a go some time, and earrings are a simple project to start with.

The results can look really professional and it means you can design them exactly as you want, using your very own selection of beads. You can even bend wire into circles or buy ready-made 'chandelier' bases to which you attach a number of beads, as in the blue example above.

As well as beads and wire, you will need a few special tools in the form of jewellery pliers, but these are really useful to have in the house as it means, for example, that you can mend broken necklaces or bracelets using exactly the same techniques.

There are three main types of pliers that you will need:



- Round-nose pliers have long tips that you use to twist wires into loops






- Flat nose (or alternatively chain nose) pliers are for general holding and flattening






- Cutters (often referred to as side cutters) are needed to cut wire to the correct length.





Sets of pliers can be found on Amazon or eBay for between £3 and £8.


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Making earrings - Part 2

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