Single Headpin Drop Earrings

Single Drop Headpin Earrings are a quick and easy gift for a friend or a way to custom match your earrings to a particular color or colors in a special outfit. The basic skills needed to make Single Headpin Drop Earrings are threading beads onto headpins, making loops in the headpins and attaching them to a jump ring, and attaching the jump ring to the ear hook.

Here’s a video on Opening and Closing Jump Rings that runs for 2:50 minutes:


Materials Needed

For the example I’ve used the following:

4 8mm beads, 2 10mm beads

6 seed beads, size 6.0

2 silver headpins (2″ size) If you plan to make longer drops, you may need to use 3″ headpins.

2 silver jump rings

2 silver ear hooks

Round-nosed Pliers, Flat-nosed Pliers and Cutting Pliers


*Collect all your beads and findings and place in a shallow container or tray. (Or you may be picking them up off the floor!)

*Thread the beads and spacer beads (seed beads in this example) onto the headpin.

*Using the flat-nosed pliers, bend the spare wire to a right angle.

Use the cutting pliers to cut off any spare headpin wire. You must leave approximately 3/8″ or 1 cm of wire to make a loop. With practice you will find that you can make a smaller and neater loop using less wire.

Here’s a short video (under 3 minutes) on how to make a simple loop:

Using the round-nosed pliers, grasp the wire close to the cut end and gradually turn the pliers to form a loop in the wire.

*Jump rings connect items together. For these Single Headpin Drop Earrings, the jump ring will connect the headpin (via the loop) and the ear hook. To open a jump ring, place a pair of pliers on each side of the opening, with one pair positioned at 3:00 and the other at 9:00; open the jump ring by moving one pair of pliers away from you (I move the right side as I’m right-handed) and holding the other one steady. Once the jump ring is open, add the loop of the earring and the opening on the ear hook. Reverse the motion (moving one side of the jump ring back to the other) to close the jump ring. (See video on opening and closing jump rings at beginning of post.)

*Repeat these instructions to make the second earring.

Try making these earrings soon.  You may get addicted to making them – I know I have!

Below are photos of some single headpin drop earrings I’ve made recently:

These earrings were made with bicones, which really sparkle!

Now that you know how to make single headpin drop earrings you know the basics skills for making attractive triple headpin drop earrings. I’ll be featuring how to make the triple headpin drop earrings in a post real soon.  Here’s a photo of triple headpin drop earrings:

Remember to Savor the Flavor of creating something new and fun to wear!


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How to Make Single Headpin Drop Earrings — 6 Comments

  1. Hi Janet – Happy New Year! Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.

  2. Hi Jen, I’m just learning to make jewelry but I’m really enjoying it. Stay tuned for the triple drop earrings. Blessings, Janet

  3. How fun, and I think even I can manage them! Super cute, too. Thanks for bringing this by to Throwback Thursday! I’ll be pinning to our board.

  4. Hi Mollie, Thanks for your comments. The key is learning to make the loops and open & close jump rings – I found the videos very helpful for this. Wishing you success, Janet

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