Jewelry 101 – Bauble Earrings

A bauble is a shiny trinket, so when I make earrings that are just a simply shiny bead hanging from the ear, I call them bauble earrings.  These earrings are very easy to make.

3-in-1 pliers

These pliers can cut wire, create eyes, and pinch crimp beads.

Materials

3-in-1 jewelry pliers

2 Fish hook earring findings

2 Jewelry end pins (also called head pins)

2 pretty beads

4 seed beads

Getting started

end pin and eye pin

The one on top is an end pin, the bottom one is an eye pin.

There are two types of jewelry pins–end pins and eye pins.  End pins look like the end of a sewing pin, and eye pins have a loop at one end.  Choosing which you need for a project is easy when you think about the purpose of each type.  An eye is meant to be connected to another eye, such as in making a chain or connecting to a clasp.  And end pin is used when nothing is connected to the end, and a bead needs to be prevented from sliding off the pin.  When using an end pin, you’ll need to create an eye on the opposite end using jewelry pliers so you can connect the pin to the jewelry.

Placing the beads

forming the eye

The pliers are tapered so you can make larger or smaller eyes.

Sometimes the hole is a bead is too large for the end pin.  To make sure that’s not an issue, I almost always include a seed bead in between the end of the pin and the central bead.  Then I put another seed bead on top so it looks symmetrical.

Cutting and forming the eye

Keeping all the beads on the end pin, trim any excess metal with the cutting function of the 3-in-1 pliers.  This takes practice to know how big you typically form your eye, but it’s better to err on the side of cutting off too little rather than too much.  Then clasp the cut end of the pin between the round parts of the pliers, and roll the pliers to create a circle.  Do not close the circle entirely yet.

Finishing the earring

finished earring

Close up the eye and you’re done!

Take the fish hook finding and look your mostly finished eye through the eye of the earring.  Keeping the two eyes linked, use the round pliers to finish closing off the eye you created on the cut part of the end pin.

What’s next?

Next I’ll write a two-parter about baby blankets.  One blanket is super easy and very quick to make, the other took a long time but looks more unique.

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