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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, a couple of years 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 second last photo. The earrings are held on by pressure (see last image) and are very comfortable to wear. 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
CAD $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.


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Tutorial - Clip-on Earrings


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