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For people who don't have pierced ears, finding handmade earrings they can wear is a real challenge. Back when I did shows, I'd occasionally get requests for clip-on findings, and lost sales because I didn't have them. Commercial findings were not an option for the types of shows I was doing.

So when, about a year ago, someone posted a message to one of the forums I'm on asking if there was a pattern for clip-ons, I thought "What a great idea!". I got out an old pair of my mom's clip-ons and studied them to figure out a way to make a pair in wire. And now, here they are - Clip-on Earrings!

This tutorial includes two variations: Variation 1 makes a basic spiral, with a loop for adding a dangle. Variation 2 forms a base on which you can add your own embellishment, so if you have a favourite bead, or button, you can add it. Variation 2 also has a loop for adding a dangle. I made a quick sample pair using Variation 2, which you can see in the last photo. Customizing is easy!

Imagine being able to tell your non-pierced clients that, yes, they CAN wear your earrings!

13 pages, 45 photos and 40 steps
USD $8.00

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Tools and Materials You'll need:

3-Step Pliers
Flat Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Flush Cutting Wire Nippers
Permanent Marker
Measuring Tape/Ruler
Jeweller's File
Rouge Cloth
10 mm Dowel/Knitting Needle (for Variation 2)

15" (38 cm) 20 ga. Hard Round Sterling Silver wire

20 ga Half Hard Silver wire can be substituted.

Tutorial - Clip-on Earrings


  • Materials: sterling silver, silver, bead, beads, jewelry tools, instructions, electronic file
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