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DIY Hoop & Chain Earrings

I don't usually use jewelry findings with a hematite finish (that black, shiny chain) but I have some leftover from a kit that Prima beads sent me a long time ago. I wanted to use up the chain so I came up with these earrings made from hoops (or small rings) and chain. I think these are perfect for everyday wear. Let's get started!

A note about the supplies - you will need four jump rings, not two (as shown in the photo).

Step 1: Using wire cutters, cut two lengths of chain. The length depends on how long you want your earrings to dangle. I think I cut my chain into 9 inch pieces.

Step 2: Take one of the chains and slide it onto a jump ring. Then randomly loop the chain and place a link on the jump ring. Do that four or five times, until you have a tassel-like look.

OPTIONAL Step 3: If you want, you can cut the bottom of each dangling chain. However, I decided to leave them as loops. So two of my chains dangle freely (the ends of the chain piece) and two are looped in the middle. Your choice!

Step 4: Use pliers to attach the jump ring to your decorative ring or hoop.

Step 5: This is the tricky party. Act as if the jump ring is the top of your design. Grasp the jump ring and place a few chain pieces on either side of the hoop.Then attach another jump ring to that first jump ring. This will pull the chain up to the top of the hoop, creating a more interesting effect than just having chains dangling from the bottom of the hoop. And if you did it correctly, you will have chain on either side of the hoop. That step is easier than it sounds when written out! ;)

Step 6: Slip the top jump ring onto earring wires, close with pliers and voila!

What do you think? Good for an everyday earring? Subtle but not too boring, I hope!


Lindsey Louise Bales October 9, 2013 at 8:07 AM  

oh those earrings are lovely! i have some in gold just like this, but i didn't make them!

lindsey louise


Histoire de vie November 8, 2013 at 1:53 AM  

What a lovely earrings! I really like them!

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