Basic Loop Earring

These simple but spectacular basic loop earrings will add an exciting pop of color to your wardrobe! Using the basic loop technique, you'll create a single beaded dangle that hangs freely from the ear wire. The dangle in our design features several beads, but you can easily make these earrings with one single bead instead.

These elegant earrings were made with Olivine Swarovski Elements Crystal beads, antique silver plated pewter heishi spacer beads and silver plated base metal ear wires. If you prefer to use different colors when you make these earrings, feel free to customize the pattern as desired and truly make it your own! Our beginning beading designs are meant to be a springboard for your creativity, so let your imagination go wild!
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Round Nose Pliers

Round nose pliers have smooth, tapered, conical jaws that are used to create loops with wire. The conical nose enables you to shape the wire around it to create perfect circles.

Chain Nose Pliers

Chain nose pliers have smooth, tapered, flat jaws for gripping, bending and manipulating wire. The tapered nose is ideal for reaching small spaces and maneuvering wire with precision.

Wire Cutters

Wire cutters have sharp blades that will cut wire with a close, flush cut. The flat side of the cutters should be closest to where you want to cut. Using the tips of the cutters will help you make a more precise cut.

Beads

These earrings were made with a colorful mix of Swarovski Elements beads and pewter spacers, but you can personalize the earrings with different colors, shapes or materials of your choosing! When choosing alternate beads, be sure to check that the hole is drilled straight through the center of the bead. Beads with off-center holes will not sit correctly on the wire.

Head Pins

Head pins are straight pieces of wire with a flat, round or decorative end. Slide one or more beads onto a head pin. The head keeps the beads from sliding off. Head pins come in different gauges (usually 20-26 gauge) and lengths.

Ear Wires

An ear wire is the wire hook that goes through a pierced earlobe. You can dangle beads, charms, chain and more from ear wires by attaching them to the loop at the bottom of the ear wires. Ear wires are available in an array of precious metals and base metals, and come in a wide variety of shapes and styles.

Step 1

To begin your earrings, string one 8mm olivine bicone, one beaded heishi spacer and one 5mm olivine bicone onto a head pin.

Step 2

Using wire cutters, cut the wire approximately 3/8 inch above the beads. If you want to make a larger loop you will need to leave approximately 1/2 inch. If you want to make a smaller loop you will need to leave approximately 1/4 inch.

Step 3

Using chain nose pliers, grasp the wire directly above the bead. Bend to a 90° angle using chain nose pliers. If the head pin is made from fine gauge wire, you can push the wire over the top of your bead with your finger instead of using the pliers.

Step 4

You will use round nose pliers to make the loops. When you use round nose pliers, work close to the tips of the pliers to create a small loop. Work close to the handles of the pliers to create a large loop. The diagram gives you an idea of the size of the loop depending on where it is formed on the plier jaws.

Step 5

Grasp the end of the wire with round nose pliers so the wire is flush with the plier jaws.

Step 6

Turn the pliers, pulling the wire around and beginning to form a loop. The top jaw of the pliers will be very close to the bead.

Step 7

Open the pliers, pivot the upper jaw away from the end of the wire without removing it from the from the loop. Close the plier jaws.

Step 8

Continue turning the pliers until the loop is completely formed and the end of the wire touches the wire above the bead.

Step 9

You have successfully created a dangle with a simple loop! Next, you’ll connect it to an ear wire to finish one earring.

Step 10

To finish the earring, find the side of the loop on the ear wire with the opening and grasp it with your chain nose pliers. Open the ear wire by bending this side towards you.

Step 11

Slide the open loop of the ear wire into the loop of the dangle.

Step 12

To close the ear wire, grasp the open side of the ear wire loop with your chain nose pliers and bend it away from you. Make sure the end of the wire touches the side of the loop and is completely and securely closed.

Step 13

Your ear wire is now securely attached. You have finished one earring! Repeat steps 1-12 to make the second earring. Congratulations! You have finished your basic loop earrings!

         

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