I have a thing for earrings…big earrings actually. It is an inherent degenerative gene passed down from my mother. All those times I heard my mom say “Where are your earrings?” before I left the house, has made me a believer that earrings are a must accessory. Let’s Make Feather Earrings for the coming holidays!
Last year I got these really pretty purple feather earrings from Jewel Mint. Every time I wear purple I do the happy dance that I get to don those bad boys. Without fail, I get compliments on them. So I wanted to recreate them in different colors and I thought I would share the tutorial with you.
Let’s make our own feather earrings in 15 minutes! No glue, ribbon, glitter or special tools needed (although you could use your creative mind and embellish those charms to your liking! They go amazingly well with jeans and a t-shirt. I just love it!
Supplies for the Feather Earrings:
- Feathers (Amazon 180pcs $8.99)
- Crystal beads bracelet set
- 6 eye pins
- 2 earring hooks
- Chain nose pliers
- Round nose pliers with a flush cutter
Note: If you are using plain wire, you might need as well wire cutters and jewelry pliers. But remember we are making express earrings here ;).
Any of these you can get really inexpensive in craft stores, Walmart or in our friend Amazon.
How To Make Feather Earrings in 15 Min
Step 1 – The Beads
Buying two different beads packs was more expensive than these stretchy crystal bracelets I found on a rack at Michaels.
They had two different sized beads on them for $2 (with a coupon – of course).
My wrist is tiny so I was able to remove the beads I wanted to use for the necklace and still be able to have the bracelet large enough for my wrist (Double booya!)
Step 2 – The Wire
I removed two large beads and 4 tiny beads from the bracelet. Then I retied the stretchy string so I still had my bracelet in tact.
To create a loop in the wire, start by folding the wire in half, aligning the two ends to make them nearly parallel.
Next, secure the bent center of the wire using a pair of chain-nosed pliers and hold the wire ends close to the pliers with your fingers.
Rotate the pliers in one direction, causing the wire to twist and form a loop.
If you encounter difficulty in gripping the wire, consider using another pair of chain-nosed pliers to hold the wire ends instead of your fingers.
After forming the loop, proceed by twisting the wire ends around the feathers.
Position your feathers so that their tips align with the bottom of the twisted wire.
I did slide an eye pin so I only had to create a basic wire loop on one end. And then wrap it around.
If you don’t know how to do that Beaducation has a great free video class on it.
Step 3 – The Feathers
After making basic loops on all three beads I attached them by opening the loops and adding the feathers and the earring wires and then closing the loop.
It takes about 15 minutes and cost a fraction of the price at the Jewel Mint ones do. You can see the original purple ones at the top and my knock off versions down low.
All you big earring lovers rejoice!
What materials can you use to make earrings?
Earrings can be made from a wide variety of materials, and your choice depends on your personal style, budget, and any potential allergies or sensitivities you may have. Here are some common materials used to make earrings:
- Sterling Silver: A popular choice for its durability and classic appearance.
- Gold (Yellow, White, Rose): Provides a luxurious and timeless look.
- Stainless Steel: Known for its strength and resistance to tarnish and corrosion.
- Brass: Offers a warm, vintage appeal.
- Diamonds: For a touch of elegance and sparkle.
- Sapphires, Rubies, and Emeralds: Precious gemstones that add color and sophistication.
- Cubic Zirconia: A more affordable alternative to diamonds.
- Various Semi-Precious Stones: Such as amethyst, turquoise, or garnet, for a range of colors and styles.
Plastics and Resins:
- Acrylic: Lightweight and available in various colors and shapes.
- Resin: Can be molded to create unique designs and can incorporate small objects or designs within.
- Natural Wood: Offers a rustic and eco-friendly option.
- Bamboo: Known for its sustainable and exotic look.
- Beads: Glass beads come in countless colors, shapes, and sizes.
- Fused Glass: Creates artistic and colorful earrings.
Fabric and Textiles:
- Fabric Earrings: Made from cloth or fabric, often with embellishments.
- Tassels: Trendy and stylish, made from threads or fibers.
- Leather Earrings: Can be rugged or chic, depending on the style and finish.
Paper and Cardstock:
- Quilled Earrings: Made from rolled paper strips.
- Origami Earrings: Crafted using paper-folding techniques.
- Shells: Offer a beachy and bohemian vibe.
- Feathers: Can be colorful and lightweight.
- Stone Chips: Small fragments of stones for a natural look.
- Combining multiple materials: Such as metal with gemstones, leather with fabric, or glass with metal.
Recycled and Upcycled Materials:
- Repurposed Jewelry: Creating new earrings from old or broken jewelry pieces.
- Found Objects: Using everyday items like buttons, keys, or hardware.
- Handmade Polymer Clay Earrings: You can shape, color, and design these as you like.
Can you use vinyl for earrings?
Yes, you can use vinyl to make earrings. Vinyl earrings have become increasingly popular due to their versatility, vibrant colors, and lightweight nature. Here are a few ways you can use vinyl to create stylish earrings:
Vinyl Sheets and Shapes:
You can cut vinyl sheets into various shapes, such as circles, triangles, or intricate designs, using a cutting machine or even by hand. Vinyl sheets are available in a wide range of colors and patterns, allowing for endless creative possibilities.
Apply vinyl decals or stickers onto earring bases made of materials like wood, acrylic, or metal. This method allows you to incorporate intricate designs, text, or graphics into your earrings.
Layered Vinyl Earrings:
Create layered earrings by stacking different vinyl shapes on top of each other. This can add dimension and visual interest to your earrings.
Faux Leather and Leatherette:
Some vinyl materials mimic the texture and appearance of leather, making them suitable for crafting faux leather earrings. You can cut, shape, and embellish faux leather vinyl to create stylish and lightweight earrings.
Use vinyl as an appliqué to decorate other earring materials like fabric or wooden bases. This can add a glossy, colorful element to your designs.
Apply vinyl to wooden earring blanks or shapes to combine the natural look of wood with the glossy finish of vinyl. This mix of materials can create unique and eye-catching earrings.
Layering with Other Materials:
Combine vinyl elements with other materials, such as metal findings, beads, or gemstones, to create hybrid earrings that blend various textures and colors.
When working with vinyl for earrings, consider the following:
- Use a cutting machine or precision tools to achieve clean and accurate cuts.
- Ensure the vinyl is securely adhered to the earring base to prevent peeling or lifting.
- Experiment with different earring shapes, sizes, and designs to suit your style or theme.
- Seal the edges or surfaces of vinyl elements, if necessary, to protect them from wear and tear.
Vinyl earrings are a versatile and customizable option for creating unique and fashionable jewelry pieces. They are particularly popular for crafting statement earrings with bold colors and patterns.