For your set you’ll need:
a pair of hoop earrings
ribbon or fabric
wire – I used 26 gauge
thread or glue
some basic pliers
I don’t do much in the way of jewelry making – but I did invest in a little pliers set. I think it was $20 and it zips up and has pretty much everything I need.
I started with an old set of hoops. I am sure you have an old set lying around that has tarnished but you haven’t gotten rid of them. Maybe in the back of your jewelry case. I bet you do. :)
I actually have two pairs haha. I used the larger set for these because my pearls were a little too big for the small set.
To wrap around the earrings I cut about 18″ of ribbon in half – so one side would be raw edges.
I cut about 5 inches of wire and started wrapping the pearls on the hoops. The 3 pearls on the outside are wrapped on the outside of the hoop and the three pearls on the back are wrapped on the inside of the hoop.
(Yes. I need a manicure. And some lotion. Embarassing. Don’t you love my backdrop? It’s a pillow. We’re seriously fancy here.)
Just keep wrapping and put a little space between the pearls for the ribbon.
Once the pearls are wired on, you can begin wrapping the ribbon. I stayed away from glue because clumsy and car bound don’t mix, but you could do that. I sewed the ribbon on tightly and then started wrapping it around the hoop.
Keep wrapping and overlapping the ribbon until the hoop is all covered. I then knotted and sewed down the end but you could also glue it.
Before you get too far on the second hoop – take a break and have some fake oreos. Don’t want to overexert yourself.
Ahh. Better. Now we can get back to wrapping.
Aren’t they cute?
Ok – enough of girly – let’s get to geeky.
Here’s the materials:
I found these great beads at Michael’s and fell in love with them.
I don’t claim to be a jewelry expert by any means – so if I can do this – you can. And there’s probably better ways to do this but this is how I did it. :)
Start with your head pin – that’s the one with the end on it – and thread on the small beads.
Wrap the head pin wire around the rounded pliers to make a loop.
Trim of the end and open up the loop sideways. Slip on the large bead and close the loop.
Open up the loop on the earring wire – again sideways – and slip on the loop on top of the bead.
Close the loop and your earring is finished! Can’t get too much easier. :)
Repeat for the other earring – and then you’re all done! Two sets of earrings for two different moods. Love it,