How to Make Cute Clip-On Earrings & Easily Convert Earrings to Clip-On

7 Materials
8 Minutes

Today, we’re making earrings, but more for the technique than for the design. That’s because I’m going to teach you how to make dangle clip-on earrings, as well as how to convert pierced earrings to clip-ons and vice versa for shepherd’s hook earrings.

This is the perfect tutorial for people who don't have pierced ears, or who are making jewelry for those who don't have pierced ears.

If you’re wondering where to get the clip-on fastenings, I recommend Michaels, as not all Walmarts have the clip-on findings. You can find them in the findings section.

Tools and materials:

  • Cutter tools
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Earrings
  • Head pins
  • Beads
  • Clip-ons
Disconnecting the shepherd's hooks

How to convert pierced earrings to clip-ons

1. Disconnect the shepherd’s hooks

With every shepherd’s hook, the loop at the end of the hook is not a whole loop, it’s actually disconnected. So, you can use your pliers to open the loop and disconnect the shepherd’s hook. Don’t throw the shepherd’s hooks away - you can use them to convert or make other earrings.

Attaching the clip-on findings to the loop

2. Attach the clip-on to the open loop

Now, these clip-ons that I bought at Michaels have an opening already, so it’s easy to attach the earring. This will literally be the easiest thing you will ever do. Simply feed the open loop into the opening.

Closing the loop with pliers

3. Close the loop

Now, grab your flat nose pliers and make it so there’s no gap. How easy is that? You just converted a pierced earring to a clip-on earring!

Threading a bead onto a head pin

How to make dangle clip-on earrings

1. Thread a bead onto head pin

Next, I’ll show you how to make dangle clip-on earrings from scratch, using a beaded design. First, thread your first bead through a head pin.

Bending the head pin using pliers

2. Bend the head pin

Bend the pin at a 90-degree angle using your round nose pliers. 

Making a loop on the head pin using pliers

3. Create a loop

See how the pliers are smaller at one end than the other? Well, where you use the pliers results in how big the loop is. Use the tip for a small loop and the bottom for a larger loop. I’m using the middle to create a medium-sized loop.

Cutting off the end of the head pin

4. Cut off the excess pin

Cut off the rest of the wire after the loop because you don’t need it.

Making a second loop with pliers

5. Create a second loop on the other side

Bend the other side of the pin to a 90-degree angle, then create another loop on the other side. You should have a loop on either side of the bead. Repeat for your other beads.

Connecting the beads together with loops

6. Connect the beads together

To create your design, connect the beads together through the loops. Open the loop with the round nose pliers and feed the loops through each other to connect. Make sure you don’t have any gaps.

Attaching the beads to the clip-on findings

7. Attach the beads to the clip-on finding

Finally, attach the end loop of the bead design to the opening in the clip-on earring. Just like we did in the conversion above, open the loop with the pliers, feed it through the opening on the clip-on, then close the gap. Repeat the process for that second earring.

How to make your own dangle clip-on earrings

How to make clip-on earrings tutorial

Your earrings are complete! I hope you found this tutorial on how to make clip-on earrings and how to convert pierced earrings to clip-ons (and vice versa) helpful.

If you love making jewelry for other people, you’ll likely come across people who don’t have pierced ears, so this easy hack on changing pierced earrings to clip-ons is perfect. Plus, it’s so easy to do, right?

Suggested materials:
  • Cutter tools
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
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