How To Make (Faux) Leather Earrings With Chain Fringe
Leather teardrop earrings (and faux leather teardrop earrings) are so popular nowadays! Let me show you how easy it is to whip up a quick pair of leather teardrop earrings of your own.
I love the look of leather (and faux leather) earrings, and I also love how simple they are to make! I recently made a pair without using ANY jewelry making tools. You can check them out - and see the step by step instructions and the materials list - in this post. Let me know what you think about those in the comments.
But if you want to take DIY leather earrings a step further, I'm going to show you how to make this pair (actually with faux leather) that has been embellished with some chain fringe. So fun, right? The best part is I made them using only ONE tool, wire cutters. So don't be afraid to branch out and try making these cool faux leather earrings with fringe.
Leather earring shapes - cut your own, or buy pre-cut?
Fortunately for leather earring fans, there is no shortage of pre-cut shapes available, both in craft stores and on Etsy. The no-tool leather earrings I made in this earlier post were purchased from Hobby Lobby.
I know lots of people are using their Cricut or Silhouette vinyl cutters to cut their own leather teardrop shapes. If you want to cut your own shapes, using your cutting machine, I’ve created a free SVG file with the shapes for you to download and cut yourself. You can get the teardrop shape earrings cut file from the bottom of this post.
But to keep this project simple and quick, you can totally buy ready made teardrop earrings!
The leather teardrop shapes in this particular project are faux leather, but you can follow the same steps with real leather shapes if you'd like.
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MATERIALS FOR FAUX LEATHER EARRINGS:
- Leather or Faux Leather teardrop earrings shapes like these from Amazon.
- Ball Ear Wires - I used are these exact ones in the Antique Copper color from Hobby Lobby.
- See photos below - the exact type is important to keep this earring project a "one tool" project.
- Rings - the ones I used in this project are TierraCast 19mm Hammered Rings available from Etsy here.
- There are lots of similar rings available on Etsy, at local bead shops, and craft stores. I also like these 20mm Hammered Rings from Hobby Lobby. They are available in Antique Silver and Antique Gold colors.
- Chain (3 feet) - for this project I used this exact chain from Yadana Beads on Etsy.
- You can use any chain you want, but I recommend keeping the size very small. (This chain is a round cable chain in 2 x 2.5mm size.)
- Wire Cutters
- See my post Beginner's Guide To Jewelry Making Tools for more information about buying tools.
Using your wire cutters, cut your chain into TWO 6 inch long pieces and FOUR 5 inch long pieces.
If you've read my post Beginner's Guide To Jewelry Making Tools, you know I discourage the use of hubby's garage tools for jewelry making! However, in this particular project, I will make an exception. If you don't have wire cutters for jewelry making yet, you can use whatever wire cutters available at home (the reason being these cuts don't need to be precise or delicate).
Take one of the 6 inch chain pieces and fold it in half. Lay the folded chain piece flat on your work surface.
Place the hammered ring on top of the folded part of the chain. Bring the center of the 6 inch piece of wire up through the hammered ring.
Pull the two tails of the chain up through the loop. Make sure the chain tails are of equal length at this step.
Pull the tails down so the loop closes and is tight against the ring. If the tails aren't the same length, loosen the loop and try again.
Fold each of the two 5 inch chain pieces in half. Lay them flat on your work surface and place the hammered ring over them. Pull one loop at a time through the ring. Thread the tails of through the loop like before. Repeat on the other side for the other 5 inch chain piece.
Make sure the tails are the same length before you pull the chain tight.
Gently slide the hammered ring into the loop in the ball ear wire. You may need to gently open the loop slightly with your fingers so you can fit the ring in. Squeeze the loop closed with your fingers after the ring is attached.
Thread the hole in the faux leather teardrop shape onto the earring hook. Make sure the teardrop is facing the right way before you slide it all the way down into the ball earwire loop. If not, remove the teardrop shape and try again. If necessary, squeeze the loop tightly so the teardrop and the hammered ring can't slide up out of the loop.
That's it! Wasn't that easy, and so quick? Hooray for one tool projects!
I made another version with the same process, but in gold. Check it out!
I wanted these earrings to be have more glam, so I made the chain tails uneven to add drama. What do you think? The materials and sources for the gold earring pair is below.
Materials for the Faux Leather Earrings with Chain Fringe in Gold
- Faux leather teardrop shapes in a satin metallic gold color.
- The chain is from Yadana Beads, the same Etsy shop I purchased the copper chain from. The exact chain I purchased is here.
- The 19mm TierraCast Hammered Rings in Gold are from Mile High Beads on Etsy and can be seen here.
- The ball earwires are from Hobby Lobby here.
I hope you can see how versatile this design can be, and your earrings can look rustic and bohemian, or dramatic and glamorous, just depending on your color choices. If you make these earrings, please post a photo in the comments so I can see them!
Until next time... and happy creating!
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