Earrings are my favorite projects. I created my first pair using Indian glass beads and base metal findings.
Usually, the jeweler's first project is making simple ear accessories; mostly from Swarovski crystal beads and other expensive glass beads.
Why is this so? One reason is because they are easy to make, fast to complete and do not cost much since all you need are the basic jewelry making tools; cutters, pliers, beads and silver findings.
Another reason is because they enhanced our facial features and, in my opinion, make us look so much better. Most women and even young girls wear earrings everyday. Some women, myself included, feel incomplete without them.
Just ask yourself or your girl friends! Get permission to peek into their jewelry boxes, and you will find numerous pair of ear accessories; every color and style to compliment their wardrobes.
In short, they are fashion accessories we must have so why not make them ourselves. Go on! Make a pair for each outfit you have.
They are great for gifts for your girl friends and female family members. (Now even men are wearing them - a different kind of design though.) So make a few extra pairs and store them in your jewelry box.
Then whenever you need to send a gift quickly, just look into your jewelry box, pick a pair, wrap them up, then make a card and write a personal note in the card. The lucky person will surely love your gift.
There are different kinds of ear fasteners - ear stubs or posts, ear hooks and ear clips, etc.
Ear hooks are the most common ones. I personally tend to use ear hooks more than other jewelry findings.
There are all kinds of designs that you can make. For example, I love wearing my dangling and chandelier earrings for special evening events. And for everyday wear, a pair of simple pearl or bead ear stubs are my favorites to go with jeans and other casual outfits.
Below is a list of projects that you can make. Included in each project are the jewelry making tools and supplies needed and step-by-step jewelry making instructions. I have also included photographs to help you visualize them.
Before you proceed to work on any of the projects below, you might like to click here to read the basic rules for making a comfortable pair of ear jewelry.
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