How to make pearl earrings

Learn how to make pearl earrings that look super complicated and fancy but actually whip up super fast.

Back when I had my jewelry business, I would easily crank out about 15 pairs of these elegant DIY freshwater pearl earrings in an hour during my busy season. (But don’t be alarmed if it takes you more than four minutes. When I first started making these it would take me about 15 minutes a pair.)

How to make pearl earrings

(Which, by the way, is faaaaaaaar less time than it takes to actually put this tutorial together. That actually takes me hours — so you’re welcome!)

The take about the same amount of time to make as the matching DIY single pearl necklace.

How to make pearl earrings

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For the longest time, these were my bread-and-butter jewelry. I always had a stand full of them at my shows and they were always one of my best sellers, if not the best seller. It still makes me smile when I see someone I know wearing a pair of them.

You can make these earrings in a rainbow of colors, or substitute the pearls for your favorite type of gem or eco-friendly bead. (Just make sure whatever bead you use it’s on the smaller side, as these spirals are quite small themselves!)

How to make pearl earrings

How to make pearl earrings at home

In this tutorial, you’ll learn:

  • How to string a freshwater pearl on a headpin
  • How to make a wire loop
  • How to connect everything using jump rings

Before we jump into this pearl earring DIY, here are a few notes:

  • I HIGHLY recommend these flat nose pliers for any of my jewelry tutorials. Keep in mind you will need two pairs of these pliers. Yes, they are pricey, but they are WORTH the investment if you plan on making a lot of jewelry. They are hands down the best jewelry tool I have ever purchased.

How to make pearl earrings

  • The main feature of this tutorial is a 3-ring mobius spiral. Unsure how to make one? You can learn how in my free mini video course.
  • This tutorial assumes some basic jewelry-making skills, including creating a simple eye loop above a pin. This tutorial includes some images below, but if you’d like videos demonstrating how to do all of the skills needed for this tutorial, my paid course, Metal to Masterpiece, covers EVERYTHING you’ll need to make this and most of my other jewelry-making tutorials.
  • Want to make your own fish hook ear wires used in this tutorial? Check out this video tutorial that teaches you how!

Introduction: How to Make a Pair of Pearl Ball Drop Earrings for Brides

How to make pearl earrings

How to make pearl earrings

How to make pearl earrings

There are hundreds of pearl earrings designs on our website. Today’s DIY earrings project is about a pair of easy pearl ball drop earrings for brides. As you can see from the picture, I only used white and yellow pearl beads to make the main body of the earrings with simple design. Below is the tutorial for you.

Step 1: Supplies in Making the Bridal Pearl Ball Drop Earrings:

8mm White Glass Pearl Beads

4mm Yellow Glass Pearl Beads

0.38mm Tiger Wire

Side Cutting Plier

Step 2: Bead a Basic Pattern

1st, snip off a short tiger wire (about 25cm) and slide 2 10mm white pearl beads and 2 8mm pearl beads alternatively;

2nd, cross one end through the 10mm white pearl bead as pictured;

3rd, slide a 8mm white pearl bead through each end, and then cross them through another 10mm white pearl bead and tighten;4th, repeat the above procedure to bead one more square pattern.

Step 3: Make the Beaded Ball

1st, slide a 8mm white pearl bead to each wire, and then cross the wires through the first 10mm white pearl bead in the starting point as shown in the picture and tighten up;

2nd, slide a 4mm yellow pearl bead through each end, and then thread the wire along to the 10mm pearl bead, and add a 4mm yellow pearl bead to each end, thread its way again;3rd, repeat the process and finish the ball like bellow (shown in the picture).

Step 4: Finish the Pearl Ball Dangle Earrings

1st, pick an iron headpin, thread 2 4mm yellow beads, a 8mm white pearl bead to the headpin, and then insert the headpin through the pearl ball;

2nd, add a 8mm white pearl bead, a 4mm yellow bead to the headpin and make a loop in the end;

3rd, attach earring hook and finish the pearl ball drop earrings.

Step 5:

I wear them immediately after I finish this pair of pearl ball drop earrings! They are beautiful, aren’t they?

If you have friend that is a bride-to-be, then this pair of bridal pearl ball drop earrings is a great choice as a gift for friend! Save this tutorial and try to make one pair, since it is not difficult to make them, and you can finish them within half an hour by following my tutorial!

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Question 7 months ago

I am confused as to where I need to go once I start the yellow beads. I need some help with this as I am wanting to make these for a coworker that is getting married next month.

How to make pearl earrings

Answer 7 months ago

It appears that she threaded her wire through the bottom 10 mm pearl bead and then put a yellow 4 mm bead on each end of the wire. Then she put the wire up through the two 8 mm beads that are beside/on top of the 10 mm center bead. She threaded the two wire ends through the top 10 mm bead (crossing them, similar to the first step process). Then she put two 4 mm yellow beads on both ends of the wire.
Repeat the process, going to the next 10 mm bead and so on until you have a ball shape.

Summary: In this tutorial, you will get to know the steps on making pearl earring studs in a simple way.

How to make pearl earrings

Do you love earring studs? You may often buy them from stores. But did you ever make earrings studs by yourself? Today, I’m going to teach you how to make a pair of simple handmade earrings studs out of 4 pearl beads and 8 12/0 seed beads. Check it out now!

Materials for making pearl stud earrings:

How to make pearl earrings

How to make pearl stud earrings:

Step1: Bead the basic pattern for pearl earring studs

1st, prepare a 30 cm long wire; Thread four 6mm pearl beads and four 12/0 seed beads alternately onto the wire. Cross the two tips through ending pearl bead;
2nd, add one 12/0 seed bead onto each wire tip and then cross through one extra 6mm pearl bead. Repeat same procedure once more;
3rd, slide one 12/0 seed bead onto each tip again, and then pull the two tips back to the starting pearl bead and cross through that bead as picture show;
4th, weave the two tips among beads to make them came across at one same position. Then tie a tightly fasten knot. Thread wire tips through adjacent beads and then trim off excess portion.

How to make pearl earrings

Step2: Glue beaded ball on the earstud

Turn to the back of previous pattern, apply a little glue on the middle bead and fill in the 3mm pearl bead and press to make sure it stay in place. Let it dry and next you can further glue on the earstud in same way.

How to make pearl earrings

The handmade pearl stud earrings have finished successfully. Just follow it and learn to make earring studs for all by yourself. I believe you can create more personalized stud earrings! Have a nice try!

Introduction: Pearl Jewelry Design – How to Make a Handmade White Pearl Bead Statement Necklace

How to make pearl earrings

How to make pearl earrings

How to make pearl earrings

Looking for pearl necklace patterns? What about this white pearl bead statement necklace? Just read on the detailed instructions below to see how to make this white pearl statement necklace.

Step 1: ​Supplies Needed in Making the White Pearl Bead Statement Necklace:

8mm White Round Pearl Beads

2mm White Round Seed Beads

0.2mm White Fishing Wire

Silver Ring End Clasps

Silver Jump Rings

Step 2: Make the First Part of the White Pearl Bead Statement Necklace

1st, cut a piece of 0.2mm fishing wire and add a silver ring end clasp to the middle of it. Then, thread 3 2mm white round seed beads to the left wire and 7 2mm white round seed beads to the right wire;

2nd, cross the let wire through the right four white seed beads on the right wire and tighten (as shown in the picture);

3rd, thread about 9 2mm white seed beads, an 8mm white round pearl bead, 4 2mm white seed beads and an 8mm white round pearl bead in sequence to the right wire (as shown in the picture);

4th, cross the right wire through the 5th seed bead of the 9 seed beads. Then, cross the right wire through the 4 adjacent seed beads and the 4 seed beads of the 1st loop (as shown in the picture);

5th, thread about 7 white seed beads to the right wire;

6th, cross the right wire through the 4th seed bead of the adjacent hoop (as shown in the picture).

Step 3: Make the Second Part of the White Pearl Bead Statement Necklace

1st, thread an 8mm white pearl bead and 4 white seed beads to the right wire;

2nd, cross the wire through the 1st seed bead of the two-pearl hoop pattern (as shown in the picture);

3rd, thread an 8mm white pearl bead, 4 white seed beads and an 8mm white pearl bead in sequence to the right wire;

4th, cross the wire through the 1st seed bead beside the top white pearl bead (as shown in the picture);

5th, thread 4 white seed beads and an 8mm white pearl bead to the right wire.

Step 4: Make the Third Part of the White Pearl Bead Statement Necklace

1st, cross the right wire through the 4th seed bead beside the top white pearl bead (as shown in the picture);

2nd, thread about 7 white seed beads to the right wire. Then, cross the right wire through the adjacent two seed beads. Thread an 8mm white pearl bead and 4 white seed beads to the right wire (as shown in the picture);

3rd, cross the right wire through the top seed bead of the two-pearl bead pattern. Then, thread an 8mm white pearl bead, 4 white seed beads and an 8mm white pearl bead to the right wire (as shown in the picture);

4th, cross the right wire through the top seed bead of the three-pearl bead pattern. Then, thread 4 white seed beads and an 8mm white pearl bead in sequence (as shown in the picture);

5th, cross the right wire through the 3rd seed bead beside the top white pearl bead in the second row. Then, thread about 7 white seed beads (as shown in the picture);

6th, cross the right wire through the two seed beads (as shown in the picture);

Step 5: 7th, Refer to the Above Steps to Make More Such Bead Patterns (as Shown in the Picture).

Step 6: Make the Rest Part of the White Pearl Bead Statement Necklace

1st, cross the wire through the two seed beads (as shown in the picture);

2nd, cross the wire through the adjacent three seed beads. Then, thread about 7 white seed beads and cross the wire through the seed beads (as shown in the picture);

3rd, refer to the above steps to make a triangle seed bead pattern on the right side. Then, connect the two ends of the white pearl bead statement necklace through a silver jump ring (as shown in the picture).

Step 7: Here Is the Final Look of the White Pearl Bead Statement Necklace.

This white pearl bead statement necklace can add elegance to your beauty when you wear it around your neck. The beading techniques used in this DIY project may be a little complex. So, be patient during the beading process. Have a nice try!

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Published January 2013
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Techniques

Materials & Tools

Two 12mm mystic black CRYSTALLIZED™-Swarovski Elements crystal pearls Two 12mm mystic black CRYSTALLIZED™-Swarovski Elements crystal pearlsEND REMOVED LINK–>
Twelve 6mm cream oval freshwater pearls Twelve 6mm cream oval freshwater pearlsEND REMOVED LINK–>
Twelve twisted gold plated jump rings Twelve twisted gold plated jump ringsEND REMOVED LINK–>
Two 3mm ball gold plated lever back ear wires Two 3mm ball gold plated lever back ear wiresEND REMOVED LINK–>
Two small ball tipped gold plated head pins Two small ball tipped gold plated head pinsEND REMOVED LINK–>
Twelve gold plated head pins Twelve gold plated head pinsEND REMOVED LINK–>
Two 4 section thin black satin ribbon Two 4 section thin black satin ribbonEND REMOVED LINK–>
Four 3.5×4.5mm gold plated oval jump rings Four 3.5×4.5mm gold plated oval jump ringsEND REMOVED LINK–>
JA-GSFABRIC GS-Hypo Fabric Cement JA-GSFABRIC GS-Hypo Fabric CementEND REMOVED LINK–>
Round nose pliers Round nose pliersEND REMOVED LINK–>
Chain nose pliers Chain nose pliersEND REMOVED LINK–>
Bent nose pliers Bent nose pliersEND REMOVED LINK–>
Wire cutters Wire cuttersEND REMOVED LINK–>

How to:

1. Create wrapped looped dangles for all pearls.

2.Connect 6 twisted jump rings into a chain using bent and chain nose pliers to open and close rings.

3.Attach 3 freshwater pearls to each oval jump ring.

4.Thread a beaded oval jump ring, large crystal pearl and a second beaded oval jump ring on one end of each 6 link chain.

5.Attach top jump ring to ear wire.

6.Tie a bow around the top jump ring on each earring.

7.Dab a small amount of glue on the center knot on each bow to secure closed. Allow to dry.

8.Dab a small amount of glue on the ends of the ribbons on both bows. Allow to dry.

How to Replace a Pearl in a Ring

Pearl jewelry such as pendants, earrings and rings are commonly made using the half-drill setting method. Half-drilled pearls are set without prongs; instead, they are mounted on special pronged settings and secured with jewelry glue. Because there are no prongs, the pearls seem to “float” on the setting for an elegant look. Using predrilled pearls and special half-drilled settings, even amateur jewelry designers can create stunning looks. Purchase your supplies at a jewelry supply company, wholesaler or at some specialty craft stores.

Things You’ll Need

  • Jewelry Findings For Half-Drilled Components (With Pegs To Secure The Pearls)
  • Styrofoam Or Thick Cardboard
  • Half-Drilled Pearls
  • Needle Or Toothpick
  • Jewelry Cement Or Glue Appropriate For Pearls

Remove the backs from your earstuds and stick the posts into the styrofoam or cardboard so that the earring stands upright. For rings or pendants, you may need to create a hole or depression in the styrofoam so that the finding will sit upright while you work.

Place a small amount of glue or cement on the peg in the finding. Insert the tip of the glue or cement tube into the half-drilled pearl. If the tip won’t enter, use a needle to toothpick to smear the product into the drill hole.

Fully insert the peg into the drilled hole, applying gentle pressure on the pearl according to the instructions for your glue or cement.

Replace the jewelry, if removed, into the styrofoam or cardboard to cure overnight or longer.

When purchasing, check the size of your findings and half-drilled pearls to make sure they are a good fit. If the hole is too large for the peg, the glue might not make a secure bond.

Practice your technique on faux pearls before working with more expensive varieties.

Warnings

Always work in a well-ventilated area and use proper safety equipment when working with chemicals like glue and jewelry cement.

How to Replace a Pearl in a Ring

Pearl jewelry such as pendants, earrings and rings are commonly made using the half-drill setting method. Half-drilled pearls are set without prongs; instead, they are mounted on special pronged settings and secured with jewelry glue. Because there are no prongs, the pearls seem to “float” on the setting for an elegant look. Using predrilled pearls and special half-drilled settings, even amateur jewelry designers can create stunning looks. Purchase your supplies at a jewelry supply company, wholesaler or at some specialty craft stores.

Things You’ll Need

  • Jewelry Findings For Half-Drilled Components (With Pegs To Secure The Pearls)
  • Styrofoam Or Thick Cardboard
  • Half-Drilled Pearls
  • Needle Or Toothpick
  • Jewelry Cement Or Glue Appropriate For Pearls

Remove the backs from your earstuds and stick the posts into the styrofoam or cardboard so that the earring stands upright. For rings or pendants, you may need to create a hole or depression in the styrofoam so that the finding will sit upright while you work.

Place a small amount of glue or cement on the peg in the finding. Insert the tip of the glue or cement tube into the half-drilled pearl. If the tip won’t enter, use a needle to toothpick to smear the product into the drill hole.

Fully insert the peg into the drilled hole, applying gentle pressure on the pearl according to the instructions for your glue or cement.

Replace the jewelry, if removed, into the styrofoam or cardboard to cure overnight or longer.

When purchasing, check the size of your findings and half-drilled pearls to make sure they are a good fit. If the hole is too large for the peg, the glue might not make a secure bond.

Practice your technique on faux pearls before working with more expensive varieties.

Warnings

Always work in a well-ventilated area and use proper safety equipment when working with chemicals like glue and jewelry cement.

Introduction: How to Make a Pair of Pearl Ball Drop Earrings for Brides

How to make pearl earrings

How to make pearl earrings

How to make pearl earrings

There are hundreds of pearl earrings designs on our website. Today’s DIY earrings project is about a pair of easy pearl ball drop earrings for brides. As you can see from the picture, I only used white and yellow pearl beads to make the main body of the earrings with simple design. Below is the tutorial for you.

Step 1: Supplies in Making the Bridal Pearl Ball Drop Earrings:

8mm White Glass Pearl Beads

4mm Yellow Glass Pearl Beads

0.38mm Tiger Wire

Side Cutting Plier

Step 2: Bead a Basic Pattern

1st, snip off a short tiger wire (about 25cm) and slide 2 10mm white pearl beads and 2 8mm pearl beads alternatively;

2nd, cross one end through the 10mm white pearl bead as pictured;

3rd, slide a 8mm white pearl bead through each end, and then cross them through another 10mm white pearl bead and tighten;4th, repeat the above procedure to bead one more square pattern.

Step 3: Make the Beaded Ball

1st, slide a 8mm white pearl bead to each wire, and then cross the wires through the first 10mm white pearl bead in the starting point as shown in the picture and tighten up;

2nd, slide a 4mm yellow pearl bead through each end, and then thread the wire along to the 10mm pearl bead, and add a 4mm yellow pearl bead to each end, thread its way again;3rd, repeat the process and finish the ball like bellow (shown in the picture).

Step 4: Finish the Pearl Ball Dangle Earrings

1st, pick an iron headpin, thread 2 4mm yellow beads, a 8mm white pearl bead to the headpin, and then insert the headpin through the pearl ball;

2nd, add a 8mm white pearl bead, a 4mm yellow bead to the headpin and make a loop in the end;

3rd, attach earring hook and finish the pearl ball drop earrings.

Step 5:

I wear them immediately after I finish this pair of pearl ball drop earrings! They are beautiful, aren’t they?

If you have friend that is a bride-to-be, then this pair of bridal pearl ball drop earrings is a great choice as a gift for friend! Save this tutorial and try to make one pair, since it is not difficult to make them, and you can finish them within half an hour by following my tutorial!

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10 Comments

How to make pearl earrings

Question 7 months ago

I am confused as to where I need to go once I start the yellow beads. I need some help with this as I am wanting to make these for a coworker that is getting married next month.

How to make pearl earrings

Answer 7 months ago

It appears that she threaded her wire through the bottom 10 mm pearl bead and then put a yellow 4 mm bead on each end of the wire. Then she put the wire up through the two 8 mm beads that are beside/on top of the 10 mm center bead. She threaded the two wire ends through the top 10 mm bead (crossing them, similar to the first step process). Then she put two 4 mm yellow beads on both ends of the wire.
Repeat the process, going to the next 10 mm bead and so on until you have a ball shape.