DIY Sputnik-Inspired Pearl Earrings

by Kirsten Nunez

When it comes to DIY fashion, jewelry making is the perfect opportunity to play around with odds n' ends. Even the smallest materials can make a huge impact on your accessory collection. Don't believe us? Check out this funky earring tutorial inspired by a $248 designer pair. All it takes is clever placement of a few materials to make these statement jewels.

Items you will need

  • 16-gauge flat wire
  • 3-in-1 jewelry pliers
  • Strong craft glue
  • Pearl flat backs (6)
  • Dome stud flat backs (2)
  • Blank stud earring posts (2)
Step 1

Using the cutter portion of the pliers, cut one strand of wire measuring 1/4 inch. Cut another two strands of wire measuring 1/2 inch each.

Step 2

Glue a pearl embellishment to the end of each wire. Keep in mind that you don't have to match up the smallest pearl with the smallest strand of wire. These earrings are meant to look funky and offbeat.

Tips

  • Use just a small dot of glue for each embellishment. Remember, a little goes a long way!

Step 3

Glue the dome stud to the top of one strand of flat wire. This piece will be the center of the earring.

Step 4

Glue the remaining two strands of wire to the back of the center piece. Position them at opposite angles to create a "fanned" look.

Step 5

Attach an earring post to the back with a small dot of glue.

Step 6

Repeat Steps 1-5 to create the second earring. Leave to dry completely before wearing your edgy new earrings.

About the Author

Kirsten Nunez is a lifestyle writer and author focusing on crafts, creativity and health. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, she published a craft book, "Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion." She lives in San Francisco.