Making Earrings for Fun and Profit

Green Weave Earrings - Image: © Briana Blair

Earrings can be an enjoyable and lucrative craft

Earrings can be a great way to experiment with craft techniques. They’re also fairly quick to make and can bring a nice profit when sold. Try making earrings as your next craft project.

I love making earrings. They’re a great way to learn new techniques, you can whip them up fairly fast and sell them for a nice profit. Earrings make a great beginner’s project, or they can become the focus of your home-based business. For quite some time, I specialized in OOAK (One of A Kind) earrings.

I started off making earrings because it was a great way to experiment with new materials and techniques. I’ve made earrings that were beaded, done in wire-work, chainmaille, clay and even Chinese knot work. I was able to experiment with each technique on a small scale and turn the results into earrings. Once I perfected a technique I could use it to make more earrings. Of course, not every technique turned out well, but because of the small scale it was no big deal.

Because they’re small and don’t require a lot of materials, earrings can also be a great way to see how beads and other materials look together. You can try out different sizes and colors of wire, different cord types and colors and various bead combinations. It’s a great way to test how things look and work together without investing in a large project. And I’ve discovered over the years that even if you think the piece is a failure, try to sell it. You never know what people will buy, and sometimes what you hate someone else will love.

Now, once you get the hang of making earrings, and you know what techniques and materials you want to use, you can move on to making them for sale. I prefer making hook earrings over working with posts, but you can do either one or both. You can even buy plain hoops and add beads or other adornments. Make whatever you feel most comfortable with, you’ll always be able to find customers for it.

When I make earrings I go out of my way to make every pair unique. Even if I use the same style or design, I always make something just a little bit different. Maybe I’ll use a different color wire, a different twist or a different color of beads, but in some way every pair is unique. My customers have always enjoyed getting a one-of-a-kind item. You can make all your pieces unique, or mass-produce them. The choice is entirely yours.

Another great thing about earrings is that you can make them to fit any price range. You can make super-simple strung glass bead earrings and sell them for a few dollars, or make highly intricate chainmaille earrings with silver and crystals and sell them at a premium price. There’s a lot of versatility in this craft.

I suggest that every crafter try making earrings. You can have fun, experiment, perfect techniques, and get familiar with materials all at the same time. Then you can sell your creations for anything from pocket change to a full livable income. Try it, you’ll be glad you did!


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