Boho Steampunk Earrings (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.
Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

In this tutorial, we’ll combine Boho’s gypsy romance with Steampunk’s gears and grunge.

Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The result is a captivating, asymmetrical pair of earrings:

Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This is a fun opportunity to get a little wild with your choice of components – and to practice asymmetry in your designs.

Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

Important: Choose very lightweight components and charms for this project.

Otherwise you may wind up with earrings that are too heavy to wear comfortably.

Also, mixed metals are great for this project – they enhance both Boho and Steampunk styles.

So this may be a good opportunity to use up some of your jewelry supply odds and ends!

  • Thin grungy-looking brass or copper chain – a total length of about 20cm (8″).
    The chain links need to be large enough to accommodate thin jump rings.
    You’ll need to cut a total of 6 pieces of this chain:

    • 2 pieces that are approximately 40mm (1.57″) long.
    • 2 pieces that are approximately 30mm (1.18″) long.
    • 2 pieces that are approximately 25mm (1.00″) long.
    • Cutting chain for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • Shiny or grungy jump rings in your choice of metals.
    You’ll need some small, thin ones and a few larger ones:
    Jump rings for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • 2 mismatched larger charms, about 25mm (1″) size – for the longest dangle on each earring.
    I used a large Victorian-looking brass heart charm on one earring, and a tiny heart charm paired with a larger round clock part for the other earring:
    Large charms for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • About a dozen small gears / cogs from old wristwatches or clocks.
    You can find them on Etsy – do an Etsy search for “steampunk watch parts” – and then under “Item Type”, choose “Craft Supplies”.
    Steampunk junk for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Other small charms or doodads that look Victorian, Boho, or Steampunk.
    I used this kind of stuff:
    Odds and ends for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • A pair of earwires.
    I used this pair I made from my Inside Loop Earwires Tutorial:
    Inside loop earwires for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Flat nose / chain nose pliers for opening and closing jump rings.

How to Make
Boho Steampunk Earrings:

Are you new to using jump rings?

See my quick tip, How to Open and Close a Jump Ring.

Start by cutting your grungy chain lengths as shown above in the Supplies list.

Now we’ll make one earring at a time.

Start with one of your 40mm long pieces of chain.

Open a jump ring and attach it to one of your large dangle charms:

Attaching a charm to Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now attach the jump ring to one end of your 40mm piece of chain:

Attaching a charm to Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Choose a Steampunk cog (or other component), and use a jump ring to hang it on a link of your chain that’s slightly above your large charm:

Attaching a cog to Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use jump rings to add a few more goodies here and there this chain:

Chain strand for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now set this chain aside and move on to one of your 30mm chain pieces.

Choose a gear, charm, bead, or whatever component you wish, and use a jump ring to attach it to one end of your 30mm chain:

Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use a jump ring to add another component above the first one:

Charms and chain for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And attach as many other components you like to this chain:

Chain strand ready for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Set this chain aside and move on to one of your 25mm chain pieces.

Use jump rings to attach your chosen components to this chain:
Short chain for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now all three chains for the first earring are finished.

Open one of your larger jump rings, and string your three finished chains onto it.

I put the longest chain in the center, but you can put them in whatever order you like:

Finished chains on large jump ring for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

String one of your earwires onto the jump ring, and twist the jump ring shut:

First earring finished for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your first earring is done!

Now let’s start on the second earring.

Hot Tip:

Instead of trying to match the first earring, have fun making the second earring noticeably different.

Asymmetry is natural and very enhancing on this type of jewelry!

Start with your remaining 40mm chain first.

I’m using two charms for my long dangle on this earring.

So I’ll open one of my jump rings and thread it into the large gear circle:

Steampunk charm for dangle on Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and then add the small heart charm to the jump ring, and attach the jump ring to the 40mm piece of chain:

A charm within a charm for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Add another component to this chain, above the bottom dangle:
Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And add any other charms and components you wish to this piece of chain:

Finished chain for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now set aside this 40mm piece of chain, and get your remaining 30mm piece of chain ready.

Again, attach your chosen gear or charm to one end of this 30mm chain:

Gears and chains for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and attach your choice of components to the rest of this chain:

Finished chain for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now set aside this 30mm piece of chain, and get your remaining piece of 25mm chain ready.

I’m attaching a tiny brass locket to one end of this chain:

Tiny brass locket on a chain for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and adding some watch cogs plus one of my wire-wrapped beads along the rest of this 25mm chain:

Finished chain for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now all three chains for the second earring are finished.

Open one of your larger jump rings, and string this set of three finished chains onto it:

Stringing the chains together for Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

String one of your earwires onto the jump ring, and twist the jump ring shut:

Attaching earwire to Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your second earring is done!

Now your finished Boho Steampunk Earrings should look something like this:

Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Boho Steampunk Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Know More About
Making Steampunk Jewelry?

See these posts for info and inspiration:

How to Make Steampunk Jewelry

Finding Vintage Items for Jewelry Making

Jewelry Supplies from Hardware Stores

JMJ Steampunk Jewelry Gallery

 

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Comments

  1. Love these earrings, and love how you balanced each one while keeping them distinctly different. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Texas

  2. Absolutely fabulous! Love the look and what a great way to use up leftover pieces which I always have.

  3. Rena,
    These came out so cute.
    Have a great week.
    Debi

  4. Love! Totally my style

  5. These are gorgeous! I’d wear them! 🙂

  6. I love these earrings so much I think I will try to copy them as much as possible – even the colors! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  7. What a fun pair of earrings! Love the balanced asymmetrical look. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Cynthia Landrie says:

    So pretty. Love the juxtaposition of the two different styles.

  9. Great tutorial! I can’t wait to try them!

  10. such cute earrings! love the different little danglies!

  11. These are so fabulous! I love how they are mismatched. So cool!

  12. I know a LOT of people who are all about the steampunk trend–and I think you nailed it!

  13. These are really great. Thanks for sharing.

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