Adrianne here with you today, and I’ve got a simple and inexpensive jewelry idea to share that’s got a Southwestern flavor. The color combinations and patterns are practically endless when you make these teardrop DIY beaded earrings.
You don’t need much in the way of supplies, just some basic jewelry tools, seed beads, wire, and findings! I’ll share the colors and finishes that I used on this exact DIY beaded earrings project, but feel free to experiment with the colors you love to wear! One note before we dive in: size 10/0 seed beads are about the smallest beads that will work for this design, and it’s what I’ve used today. Seed bead sizing can be a little confusing if you haven’t encountered it already – but feel free to try larger beads like size 8/0 or 6/0. 2/0 might be a little too large, but hey – try it if you want to! But don’t buy size 11/0 beads, thinking that they’re a size larger than 10/0.
First, cut a length of wire about 4-5 inches long. It will be more than what you need but it makes it much easier to manipulate when you have extra length to work with. Add a crimp bead onto one end, and feed the short end back through the crimp, creating a small loop. Use your crimp pliers to crimp it securely to the cord. Crimp pliers allow just enough room that it won’t cause the crimp bead to cut into the wire at all, weakening it.
Trim the short end so that it’s very short – but don’t cut it all the way off. A length between 1/8 to 1/4 inch is ideal.
Begin stringing beads. The pattern I chose today is as follows:
But absolutely feel free to create your own DIY beaded earrings pattern! You just want to aim for a finished length between 3-4 inches long. When you get to the end, add another crimp bead, loop the end of the wire through the crimp bead AND the additional top 2-3 beads. Use your crimp pliers to secure the crimp bead in place.
You will now have a flexible beaded length with a loop on each end. Connect the loops together with a small jump ring, and attach that jump ring to the ring on your earring wire. Jump rings are easily twisted open and closed again with pliers.
And that’s it! Quick and simple, right? I also love that while these DIY beaded earrings do dangle freely and give the appearance of being large, they’re very lightweight, so they give your ears a break!