How to DIY Cute Chain Drop Earrings

8 Materials
10 Minutes

In this jewelry tutorial, we’re going to be making multi-dangle, chain-drop earrings. I love dangle earrings and so I thought I’d take them to the next level by making some earrings with dangles of different lengths.

These earrings are super easy to make and should take you no longer than ten minutes.

Tools and materials:

  • Cutter tool
  • Long nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Shepherds hooks
  • Beads
  • Headpins
  • Chain
  • Ruler
Cutting the chain

1. Cut the chain

Cut the chain so that you have two pieces measuring 1.5 inches (3.8cm), two measuring 1 inch (2.5cm), and two measuring 0.5 inches (1.3cm).

When you’re measuring the chain out and cutting it, make sure that you stretch it out fully.

Also, make sure that you don’t cut the link that is exactly at the measurement you’re cutting (e.g., 1 inch) but rather you want to cut the link that’s just after the measurement.

Pairing the beads and chains

2. Pair the beads with the chains

For this project, you need six beads. I’m using pearl beads and am going for different sizes - two small beads, two medium ones, and two big ones. But you can have them all in the same size if you want.

I’m going to put the big beads at the bottom of the longest chain, the middle beads at the bottom of the middle chain, and the small beads at the bottom of the smallest chain. 

Attaching beads to headpins

3. Attach beads to headpins

In order to connect your bead to your chain, the first step is to put your headpin through your bead.

Then cut the headpin and make a small loop by bending your wire to a 90° angle and then loop it around with the end of your pliers.

Repeat this process for all of the beads. Try to make all the loops on the headpins the same size so that it looks uniform.

Connecting the bead to the chain

4. Connect the bead to the chain 

Open up the loop a little bit with your pliers and put it through one side of the chain.

Then close the gap up fully to ensure that the chain won't fall out. Repeat for all of the other beads.

Joining the chains

5. Join the chains to the earring hook

Now put all of the beads that are going to be on one earring together.

Then open up the little loop on the earring hooks and put the chains through in the order that you want them.

I want it to go from long to small. Then close up the gap and press it firmly closed with the flat nose pliers. Repeat for the other earrings. 

Chain drop earrings

Chain drop earrings

There we go, we have a set of earrings. Aren't they just darling?

I love these multi-dangle earrings. You don't even have to put pearls at the end, you could go for different types of beads such as a glass bead or a plastic bead. When you move your head you’re going to feel them as they swing around.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, let me know the comments!

Suggested materials:
  • Cutter tool
  • Long nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
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  • P P on Jan 13, 2023

    Put these in your pocket before you get in the car - they can catch in the seat belt & when you turn your head, to check for a lane change, - yank painfully!