DIY Charm Dangle Earrings Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Fish hook earring wires
4mm jump rings
Plastic heart charms
Flat-nose jewelry pliers

Things to do:

  1. Using flat-nose jewelry pliers, open a jump ring by pulling one side of the ring away from you. Note that you do not want to simply open the ring out to the sides at the join; this will weaken the jump ring and maybe even break it.
  2. Place the jump ring through one of the charms, then through the loop at the end of the earring wire.
  3. Using flat-nose pliers, squeeze the jump ring closed around both the charm and the earring wire.
  4. Open a second jump ring, insert it through the first jump ring with the charm on it, then close the second jump ring.
  5. Open a third jump ring. Add a charm to the jump ring. Tip: If you’re having problems inserting the jump ring with your fingers, you can grasp the jump ring with the needle-nose pliers then slip the charm around it. If the charm keeps falling off when you do this, close the jump ring up a little after attaching the charm, leaving just enough space to slip the jump ring around the previous ring.
  6. Slide the charm jump ring into the previous jump ring. Note that you are connecting the charm to the jump ring in step 4, not the jump ring that has a charm on it. You should now have two charms connected by jump rings.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6, adding jump rings and jump rings with charms, until the earring is the desired length. You can add as many or as few charms as you’d like.
  8. Create a second earring. This earring can be identical to the first, if you’d like, or you can use different colors of charms.

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