How to Make Elegantly Simple Drop Earrings

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I have a post for you about how I make simple drop bead earrings that I wrote about in a Favorite Things posts over on Melissa’s blog –  320 Sycamore.

I received many questions about how I actually made the drop bead earrings, so when my youngest daughter was getting ready to go on a two week trip to Utah and needed some new earrings, I whipped up a few pairs for her to go with some of her outfits.

I tried my best to document the process – they are so easy to make, but you do need a pair of All-In-One Jeweler’s pliers to make them.  You can buy a pair at crafts stores in the jewelry making aisle for under $10.

How-to-make-a wire loop for earrings

I made my daughter 3 pairs of drop earrings. In this photo she is sporting a pair made with green glass beads – they are for her casual outfits.


All 3 earrings were made in the same way. I just used different beads.  I got most of my bead stash from taking apart old jewelry I bought at yard sales and flea markets.  I find you get more interesting and unique beads this way than the beads that you buy at the craft store.


How to Make Drop Bead Earrings

supplies needed:

Jewelry making supplies can all be bought inexpensively at your local crafts store.

  • Beads
  • Endpins
  • Ear Wires
  • Jeweler’s Pliers


There are many different types of ear wires to use. These are the types I like. My favorites and the type I used to make the earrings for this post are the style on the far right.


There are many different types of jewelry making tools, but for my needs – this works perfectly.   Some people like to have a separate pair of wire cutters so they can hold the loop with the pliers, and snip with wire cutters.

This is what a pair of all-in-one-jeweler’s pliers looks like.

  • The tip is where you place the wire to make the loop.
  • The middle is where you can press the loop to flatten it.
  • The round area is where you can cut excess wire away.

How to Loop Wire



This is how you make a simple wire loop. There is also a wrapped loop, which is a bit different.

1.  Thread your beads or bead on an endpin.  If the bead has a large hole, you may need to add a smaller bead on the pin first so the bigger bead will not slip off.

2.  Bend the wire with the ends of the pliers as shown,

3. Hold the tips of the pliers right at the base of the bead and wrap the wire around one tip into a circle.

4. Snip the excess wire and then use the plier tips to close the loop. Use the center section of the pliers to flatten the loop if needed.   When making pairs of earrings, make sure to make the loop the same size.  This is easy to do when you use the same area of the plier tips. ( They graduate in size from small to larger.)

5. Using the tips on the pliers, open the loop on the ear wire. Place the beaded endpin loop into the ear wire loop and then close the ear wire loop.  Flatten the loop if needed with the center part of the pliers.   All done.  Easy!

You can find another post I did showing how to make a beaded dangle.  There are many videos online showing how to make wire loops. Fire Mountain Beads has a  quick video showing how to make a simple loop.


For her little black dress and heels…


These are her favorite. She has a teal dress that she plans to wear them with.


This pair will add a little bit of polish when she is wearing jeans and sweaters.

I even made a few pairs for myself. I think I will wear one of them tonight to the conference dinner.


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  1. Thank you Diane. You are a blessing. My mom wanted to learn how to make earrings as gifts and your information will help her immensely. Your designs are beautiful. Have a blessed day!

  2. I’m not sure whee you are getting your info, but good topic.
    I needs too spend some ime learning mych more or undersanding more.
    Thanks for great information I was looking for this information for my mission.

  3. Oh these are gorgeous! I would have never known just quite how to do these till now and your tutorial. I sure want those pliers. Can you use the end pins to form your own ear wires too? My mom used to make jewelry, pretty much necklaces and I was never around when she did them, so I did not have a clue, but she did a good job like you too. I kept all that she did not give away.

    You have very beautiful girls, beautiful smiles and both will be your ‘babies’ even when they are forty something and older. I know.

    1. Hi Sheryll – thanks so much for always leaving me the best comments XO Yes, you could use endpins to form your own ear wires. You just need to make sure the cut tip of the wire that will poke through your ear first is nice and smooth or it will irritate your ear.

  4. Passing along to a friend who just mentioned she wanted to learn how to make some simple earrings. I live in SLC, Utah, hope your daughter enjoys her visit :D

  5. Beautiful daughter, beautiful earrings.

    I think earrings can MAKE an outfit by setting the tone, or adding some whimsy. You’re right about older jewelry having more interesting elements for making your own — unique and thrifty.

    Have a great trip.

    1. Thanks Barb – I got home last night. It was a non-stop event type trip. Fun, but exhausting. It is always so nice to come home. I am taking a little personal day today to try to re-charge.

  6. visiting from Tip Me Tuesday! wow these earrings are exactly my type-not too over the top but awesome for everyday casual wear/night out and the length is perfect! ok so i must go get my supplies soon :) thanks so much for the wonderful tute!

    1. Hi Lisa – thanks. My twin sister and I started making our own earrings when we could not find ones that were short enough. Most of the earrings sold are too long or big. A little DIYingyou get to make them the exact length you like :)

    1. Thanks Yvonne – I never really wanted to go into fashion design, but when I can’t find the clothes or accessories I imagine in my mind when out shopping – I have to become a little bit of a fashion/accessory designer to get the looks I want. :)