The world of DIY ear candy has (almost) seen it all — dainty studs, chunky studs, jeweled earrings, hoop earrings, ear cuffs and even earrings that look like pretzels. What about dangling-stud hybrids that adorn your ears from the front and back? That’s where this project comes in. Not only do these earrings use charms, but they also give the back halves a chance to shine. Don’t think twice about this one. No fancy DIY skills are needed!
— E6000 glue
— earring posts with nut backings
— charms (use flat charms for the studs potion of the earrings and two different types of charms for the chains)
— 4mm jump rings
— seed beads
— 1 1/4″ eye pins
— 3-in-1 jewelry pliers
1. To make the front halves of your earrings, add 3/8″ worth of beads to each eye pin. Trim the pins, leaving about 1/4″.
2. Using the needle-nosed pliers, bend the pins into loops. You just made yourself a pair of custom beaded connectors!
3. Attach charms through the loops.
4. Add strands of chain measuring 2 inches long.
5. Glue the earring posts to the back of flat charms. Let dry.
6. Attach the chains to the stud using jump rings.
7. To make the back halves, attach tiny charms to chains measuring 2 1/4 inches long.
8. Attach the back chain to the earring backings through one of the loops on the earring back.
For the charms dangling in the front, feel free to use any size or shape. You can switch up the type of beads that you use as well. As long as they’re small, they’ll work just fine. Ideas for alternatives include beads made of metal, wood or stone. Your earrings, your rules.
For best results, make sure the charms being glued to the earring posts are flat and wide. As for the little guys dangling in the back, you can also use any size or shape. In this pair, we used tiny rhinestone charms for a bit of sparkle.
When you’re ready to wear your new baubles, put the earrings on like normal. You can even make a few different backs and fronts, and mix and match. It’s like you’ll have a new set of earrings every day. This pair is sweet and simple, but you can spice them up a much as you want.
What kind of charms would you use for your earrings? Share your ideas below!
(Styled photos by Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co.)