How to Make Swingy, Sparkly New Year's Eve Earrings

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susanstars Susan Beal, contributor
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These New Years Eve earrings are so easy to make and really fun to wear!
Join the bead to the bottom end of the chain with a wrapped loop, and join the earring wire to the top end of the chain with a jump ring (if necessary).
These New Years Eve earrings are so easy to make and really fun to wear!

These New Year's Eve earrings are so easy to make and really fun to wear!

Photo: Susan Beal

I love to make a new piece of jewelry for a special occasion, and a New Year's Eve party is a perfect excuse to whip up something sparkly! Choose two favorite beads to spotlight for this design-I used vintage beads rescued from broken jewelry, but anything you especially like would be perfect.

You'll need:

  • Pliers
  • Two eyepins or headpins
  • Two favorite beads
  • Two lengths of chain (mine were each 3 inches long; I used elongated gold chain for one and delicate silver cable chain for the other)
  • Earring wires of your choice
  • Two jump rings (if necessary to join the chain and earring wires; I used them for the black pair, which has more delicate chain, but didn't need them for the gold ones)

1. Place your beads on the eyepins (or headpins) and create a wrapped loop above each one to turn them into bead dangles. Be sure to slip the last link of each piece of chain onto each loop before completing the wrap by coiling the wire tail. Here's a video I made showing how to form a bead dangle if you'd like a quick 101 for this step!

2. Now join the other end of the chains to your earring wires, using jump rings if necessary. Close them securely.

3. Put them on and wear them out!

Note: I found my gold elongated chain at Dava Bead and both sets of earring wires and the silver chain at Fire Mountain Gems. My beads were saved from broken vintage costume jewelry, but you can use any new ones you like. If you like bigger, poppier beads, I'd recommend using lightweight acrylic, Lucite, or other materials instead of heavier glass or semiprecious.

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Comments (8)

user-7072466 writes: Great Work!!
Posted: 2:57 am on May 31st
atemanli writes: Your earrings are simple but practical.They are beautiful.
Posted: 12:40 am on April 30th
EchoLin writes: thanks for your specific introduction of this project, very helpful for my next project.
Posted: 1:50 am on March 30th
Lola2001 writes: So pretty so cute so adorable so awesome
Posted: 8:08 pm on February 9th
Nodan writes: you earrings are simple but practical. I'm it will be very beautiful when you wear them.
Posted: 2:53 am on January 16th
PaulaQ writes: Same thing. Just buy the blank clip earrings from a craft store. Most of them look a little like the lockback earrings above.
Posted: 5:30 pm on December 30th
RoxiSoccerGirl writes: I like the idea, but what about earings for people who don't have their ears pearced?
Posted: 3:13 pm on June 1st
trusk4u writes: These are really fun earrings! They could really be worn anytime and with pretty much any outfit! Awesome!
Posted: 7:40 pm on January 2nd
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