Bead Earring Tutorial:
Upcycle your earring in 10 mins!
I was sorting out my jewelry box, and realised that I have quite a few earrings that I love, but not wear much. Most of them are simple stud earrings; although they are easy to match with any outfit, thanks to its simplicity, I just got bored of them because of that after a while. Then I came up with a simple solution; let’s upcycle the butterfly catches! In this way, if I want to wear the original version again, I can just pop on ‘normal’ butterfly catches (or ear nuts). I can also mix-and-match the butterfly catches with other earrings – it’s a win-win upcycle, no?
What you’ll need
- A pair of butterfly catches (I made 2 pairs)
- Beads of your choice
- Headpins or eye pins
- Jump rings (1 per butterfly catch)
- Chain (as long as you wish the ‘drops’ to be)
- A pair of pliers
- A pair of old scissors (cutting chains may damage the blade, so don’t use new ones!), or a pair of wire cutters
1) Add your beads to headpins.
2) Leaving about 1cm above the bead, snip off the excess headpin with the scissors/ wire cutter. Grasp the end of the headpin with the pliers, then twist it in a circular motion until the end of the headpin forms a small loop.
3) Using the pliers, gently open a jump ring by pulling one end. Put it through the butterfly catch. Don’t close the jump ring just yet!
All the parts are now ready to be assembled!
4) Add the chain to the headpin loop, then close the opening with the pliers.
5) Add the chain to the jump ring, then close the opening with the pliers.
Voila! Easy-peasy, don’t you think? I made the gold pair asymmetric in length to make it a little bit more interesting. I cannot wait to make dozens more so that I can mix-and-match everyday!