How to make clip-on earrings

Updated April 17, 2017

Clip-on earrings allow both women and men to decorate their ears without having to get them pierced. Store-bought clip-on earrings can be costly, but you can create your own at home for a fraction of the price. The sizes and colours of the beads and chains can be changed to create stylish clip-on earrings that reflect your individuality and personal taste. All of the materials required to make clip-on earrings can be purchased from craft stores or online retailers.

Cut two, 2-inch long pieces of gold chain.

Create a small gap in the jump ring by gently twisting it apart with the jewellery pliers. Insert the jump ring through the hole at the top of the gold chain. Thread the hook of the clip-on earring finding onto the jump ring. Close the jump ring securely with the pliers.

Thread a bead onto the headpin. Twist the top of the headpin to a 90-degree angle using the jewellery pliers. Thread the top of the headpin through a hole in the bottom of the gold chain. Continue to twist the top of the headpin around until it forms a small secure loop which holds the bead onto the end of the gold chain.

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to create the other clip-on earring.


If you have sensitive skin, use sterling silver or gold clip-on earring findings to prevent irritation. To make simple stud clip-on earrings, simply glue a cabochon or precious stone directly onto the flat edges of the clip-on earring findings.


Keep your fingers away from the tips of the pliers and the wire cutters. Store beads, jewellery-making tools and findings away from small children.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 clip-on earring findings
  • Gold chain
  • Jewellery pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • 2 beads
  • 2 jump rings
  • 2 head pins
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