June 26, 2013

DIY Tom Binns Wire and Pearl Earrings

Barbed wire has gone luxe! Modeled off of the aptly named named Jackie Ouch earrings from Tom Binns, I love the rugged and rough wire with lady-like beads. These easy-to-DIY earrings take very basic jewelry making skills like wire wrapping, which is a good technique to try. Feeling ambitious? Make yourself an entire necklace with the same steps!

Tools and materials:
10 mm pearl beads
18 gauge craft wire
24 gauge head pins (tip-- pearls often have very small holes to drilled through them, so you'll need a narrower head pin of 22 or higher gauge)
Ear hooks
jump rings (4mm)  (optional)
Round nose, chain nose jewelry pliers, and wire clippers

Cut a piece of wire a few inches long with the wire clippers. Grip with the round nose pliers, leaving half a centimeter straight. Begin twisting it around one of the round nose plier jaws. Continue to wrap the wire around the pliers, rotating it to create an even coil. After a few wraps, clip the wire. Repeat to make a second barbed wire coil.

Slide the pearl and coil onto the head pin. Grip the pin about half a centimeter above wire coil, then bend and twist the pin to create a loop. Trim the excess pin wire. Repeat for the second pearl.

Use pliers to open up the loop at the end of the ear wire, then attach to the loop on the pearl, closing the loop.

Let me know if you try making these Tom Binns inspired DIY earrings! I love them and wore mine all day and they didn't poke me at all. Happy making!


  1. Seems so easy when you do it. I'm thinking maybe my wire is too thick to wrap easily.

  2. That is so creative! It really looks like barbed wire.

  3. wow- awesome. love them! the dainty pearls do look good with the wire...nice. cheers.

  4. Super cute...I must try ASAP!

  5. Anonymous2:51 PM

    Those turned out super cute. I am so clumsy though, I can see myself getting stabbed with them. I have the worst luck! LOL!

  6. wow! they're really pretty! :)

  7. These are beautiful! Love them.

    Alex from www.polkadottedpixels.com

  8. These are so so so cute! Love how easy it is to make the 'barbs'. Great job, and I'll certainly be making these!

  9. I love how dainty they are :) I make earrings all the time but I've never seen headpins bent into a loop and twisted, I'll have to try it next time!

  10. I made these with green pearls and silver! gorgeous... thanks for the great idea!


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