Not only is jewelry making an inexpensive and fun hobby, but it can also be a great way of making some extra money or starting a new business.
Earrings are an incredibly popular type of jewelry and the only limit to what you can create is your imagination.
However, finding earring making supplies can be tricky if you’ve never done it before, and with such a wide variety of tools available, how do you know what to choose?
Get a jewelry kit
Your local craft supplier will sell complete jewelry kits with everything you need to start making beautiful wearable.
If you find a specialist jewelry supplier, you will be able to be more selective about the tools you receive and able to buy earring making supplies that give you everything you need.
What you’ll get
Earring making kits give you everything you need to start crafting gorgeous pieces of jewelry.
The main component and the one you’ll be the most familiar with are the earring findings.
These are items like hoops, hooks, and studs that actually go through your piercing, and are the foundation for you to create beautiful earrings by adding stones and embellishments.
Pliers can be used to mold, bend and cut wires, whether you make wire inspired earring jewelry or use headpins to create larger pieces of jewelry.
To do this, you would thread some beads (glass, crystal or plastic – the choice is yours) onto the headpin, cut the end with your pliers, and then curl it round. Attach it to a French hook ear wire, and there you go – a gorgeous earring for you to wear.
Pliers come in different shapes and sizes, from memory wire cutters to round nose pliers (commonly used to separate jewelry).
Memory wires are a staple in any earring making supplies kit as they can be used to craft hoop earrings or to create a wrap around effect jewelry.
You could create a simple, elegant hoop or adorn it with beads and stones for a colorful, unique effect. The wires are sturdy enough to not break or bend but flexible enough to retain their shape.
When most people think about adorning their jewelry with embellishments, they typically choose beads or crystal stones.
While these are timeless and attractive, consider thinking outside the box.
Quirky charms and household items such as buttons and bottle caps are a unique way of adding a fun and eccentric twist to your earrings.
The variety of earring making supplies can be daunting for the average hobbyist. By doing your research and getting the right supplies you’ll easily be able to create bespoke pieces of jewelry.
Many kits come with instruction guides, though there are many resources and communities online which can help you create your first piece of jewelry, build your confidence and help you discover your unique style.