October 2, 2014

DIY Bar and Chain Earrings

Earlier this week I shared some inspiration for new earring styles that I've had my eye on. Some of my favorite earrings are those with the front and back connected by thin, dainty chain. (Like this DIY here!) I've been coveting the minimalist style of bar and chain earrings (similar to these from Catbird), so was ecstatic to find the just right materials at my local bead store. They're easy to make, so read on to find out how to DIY your own!

Tools and Materials
Round nose and chain nose pliers
Wire clippers
2 5mm jump rings
Eye pins
Earring backs
Thin chain, cut in two 32mm pieces
Tube beads

Slide a tube bead onto an eye pin. Bend the pin at a 90 degree angle above the tube bead.

Clip the wire of the eye pin, leaving just over 1 cm. Attach one of the pieces of chain to the loop of the eye pin by opening the loop with pliers, then closing after attaching the chain. You can shorten the chain to your liking.

Use the jump ring to attach the other end of the chain to one of the earring backs. Repeat steps for the second earring.


  1. Meifu9:56 AM

    I have a question. I had wanted to do a DIY using eyepins as earrings as well but didn't end up doing it because I didn't know if they were safe to put in your ears. Do you know? Is there a certain material of eyepin that I should look for? Thanks & lovely DIY :)

    1. Great question! To avoid irritation, use a thin wire eye pin made of sterling silver or real gold. Base metals can be bad for sensitive ears. Also, file down the clipped end of the wire if it feels pointy or sharp. Hope these tips help!

  2. Front to back earrings are the coolest thing ever!!

  3. Eyepin as an earring - so genius, Erin!! These are great, I'll def be making some - this opens a whole realm of possibilities! So innovative, I love it!
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

  4. These are adorable! Plus I already have most of these things in my house, definitely gonna give this a try!

    Nicole | In The Fade |

  5. simple and great!


  6. You always surprise me!


  7. Love it! So happy I found your blog. The earring backs link didn't work for me. What size did you use?

  8. How creative! I'm loving your blog… so glad I found it! I look forward to more fun DIYs!

    I'm hosting a giveaway with some fun things like an Instax camera + a fancy mug… you should enter :) xox

    The Things She Sees


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