Earrings with Two-Hole Beads (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These easy earrings are designed with a small stack of two-hole beads, held together by simple, curvy wirework.

You can see the wire through the transparent beads.

Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

If you have some leftover two-hole beads (or if you bought some but never decided how to use them) – this is the perfect project.

Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I’ve created a bit of asymmetry with this pair of earrings, by alternating the bead color pattern on each earring.

Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I also like the contrast of straight, sharp-cornered beads with curving wirework.

Supplies:

  • Two-hole beads. I’m using 6 transparent acrylic beads (3 per earring). If you’re using glass or stone beads, you’ll probably need to use fewer beads so the earrings don’t get too heavy. My beads are 12mm x 9mm size.
  • Soft or half-hard wire, 18 or 20 gauge (whichever fits through your beads). I’m using 18 gauge Artistic wire, Antique Brass color. We’ll discuss the length of wire below, in the main part of the tutorial.
  • A pair of earwires. I’m using antiqued brass earwires to coordinate with the color of my wire. You can make your own earwires in this style, with my free Bead and Coil Earwires (Tutorial).
  • Ruler, for measuring your beads and your wire.
  • Sharpie marker, for marking your wire.
  • Wire cutter.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Optional: Cup bur or wire rounder to smooth and round your wire ends.

How to Make
Earrings with Two-Hole Beads

To determine the length of wire to cut, we’ll need to measure one of your beads.

(I’m assuming that your beads are all one size.)

Beads for Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

With the bead holes running from top to bottom, measure the height of one of your beads (my bead height is 9mm):

Measuring beads for Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now measure the distance between the two bead holes in one of your beads (my bead’s holes are about 8mm apart):

Measuring beads for Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now count how many bead holes your wire will go through.

Since I’m using 3 beads, my wire will be going through 6 bead holes (3 on the left side of the earring, and 3 on the right side of the earring).

To easily calculate the length of wire for one earring, you’ll need to add these three numbers:

How much wire for Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

My Wire Measurement

In my case, here’s my wire calculation:

  • 8mm bead hole distance x 1.5 = 12mm
  • 9mm bead height x 6 bead holes = 54mm
  • Scrolled feet = 30mm

Now I’ll add the above measurements to get my wire length:

12mm + 54mm + 30mm = 96mm

So I’ll cut 2 pieces of wire, each 96mm long.

(Of course, you’ll need to use the measurements for your own beads.)

Wire for Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

We’ll make one earring at a time.

After cutting your wires, straighten them using either your fingers or nylon jaw pliers (if you’re new to wireworking, please see my quick video, 6 Ways to Make Higher Quality Wire Jewelry – Video Tutorial with Transcript and Photos).

Cutting wire for Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Optional: Use a cup bur or wire rounder to smooth and round each end of your wires:

Using wire rounder on wire for Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your sharpie marker to make a mark on the midpoint of your wire:

Marking wire for Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use the widest part of your round nose pliers to grasp the mark you just made on the midpoint of your wire:

Bending wire for Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use the fingers of your other hand to bend the wire ends straight down, so that your wire is now shaped like a long, narrow horse-shoe:

Bending wire for Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:

Bending wire for Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now line up the beads you’ll be stringing onto your wire:

Adding beads to Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Thread the beads onto your wire:

Adding beads to Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your earring should look like this:

Adding beads to Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to make the little scrolled feet at the ends of your wire.

(If you’re new to making any kind of wire scroll or spiral, please see my quick video, How to Make an Open Wire Spiral (Video Tutorial).)

Use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp one of the wire ends:

Scrolling wire ends - Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Rotate your pliers to make a curve at the end of the wire:

Scrolling wire ends - Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Move your pliers along the wire, making enough of an extra curve in the wire to make the scrolled foot touch the bottom of the last bead:

Scrolling wire ends - Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your earring should look like this:

Scrolling wire ends - Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make a similar scrolled foot at the other end of your wire, so that your earring looks like this:

Scrolling wire ends - Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll add the earwire to the top arch of the earring.

Earwires for Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your chain nose pliers to twist open the loop at the bottom of your earwire:

Attaching earwires to Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Attach the earwire to the earring’s wire arch, and use your chain nose pliers to twist the earwire loop shut again:

Attaching earwires to Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your first earring is finished!

Now it’s time to make the second earring.

I made my second earring in the opposite color pattern from the first earring, to add an interesting touch of asymmetry:

Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your finished earrings may look something like this:

Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Earrings with Two-Hole Beads - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Christine says:

    That is so clever, I can’t wait to make some. Brilliant – your tutorials are so clear, thank you.

  2. Thank you for your lovely thoughts, Christine! I’d love to see your two-hole bead earrings. 🙂

  3. These are quite cool, I have not seen the two hole beads but I might have to look into them. It’s amazing to me how simple these are and yet I still managed to learn something new. I also had no idea there was a tool like the cup bur you used to make the wire smooth at the ends. Thanks Rena! Pam

  4. Pam, thanks for your kind comment! 🙂

  5. I never know what to do with those two hole beads either…thank you for giving us a new way to look at the possibilities!

  6. So CUTE!! I love them!! This is such a great idea to make beads especially for this concept.

  7. Thanks to all for your lovely feedback on this project! 🙂

  8. Dee Stillman says:

    What perfect timing! A few days ago I made a necklace of hematite two-hole beads & 3mm purple iris druks and was trying to come up with earrings to match. This is perfect! I added to the length of the wire to accommodate the druks and the earrings turned out wonderfully. I will be sure to give you credit for the design. Thank you for the idea.

  9. Wonderful Dee! So glad it worked out for you, and it sounds like your additional measurements were just right. I’d love to see your version of these earrings! 🙂

  10. Those are very cute! Great idea!

  11. Thanks so much, Erinn! 🙂

  12. Hi! Rena! This is a very good idea for the half tilla beads I got few month ago! :o)

  13. That’s wonderful, Francine! Have fun creating. 🙂

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