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How to make simple fringe earrrings

Have you ever wanted to make fringe earrings but shied away because it looked too complicated? In Better Beader Episode 114, Allie shows you how to make three different simple fringe earrings that are super easy for beaders of every level. You'll no longer be intimated by any beading project after this Better Beader Episode, a prime example that anything can be created more simply!

Episode Transcript


Fringe earrings are a timeless and versatile accessory that can add a touch of elegance and movement to any outfit. In this Better Beader episode from Potomac Beads, you'll learn how to create a pair of simple yet stunning fringe earrings using just a few basic materials and techniques. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced beader, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of making your own beautiful fringe earrings.

Materials Needed

  • 6mm round beads (approximately 16-20 beads per earring)
  • 4mm round beads (approximately 16-20 beads per earring)
  • Earring hooks
  • Beading wire (49 strand, 0.018 inch diameter)
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Step-by-Step Tutorial

  1. Cut two pieces of beading wire, each about 6 inches long.
  2. String one 6mm bead onto the center of each wire, leaving equal lengths of wire on either side.
  3. On one side of the 6mm bead, string three 4mm beads. On the other side, string two 4mm beads.
  4. Repeat step 3, alternating the number of 4mm beads on each side of the 6mm bead until you have the desired length of fringe. Make sure to end with an equal number of 4mm beads on both sides.
  5. Once you've reached your desired length, string one more 6mm bead onto both wire ends.
  6. Bring the wire ends together above the last 6mm bead and twist them together tightly using chain nose pliers, creating a small loop.
  7. Trim any excess wire with wire cutters, leaving a short tail.
  8. Open the loop of an earring hook using pliers, slide the twisted wire loop onto the hook, and close the earring hook loop securely.
  9. Repeat the entire process for the second earring.

Customization Ideas & Inspiration

One of the great things about these simple fringe earrings is that they can be easily customized to suit your personal style. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Experiment with different bead colors, sizes, and finishes to create a unique look. Try using contrasting colors for a bold statement or a monochromatic palette for a more subtle effect.
  • Vary the length of the fringe by adding more or fewer beads to each side. Longer fringe will create a more dramatic look, while shorter fringe will be more understated.
  • Mix and match different bead shapes, such as using teardrops or cubes in place of the round beads for added visual interest.
  • Instead of using beading wire, try creating the fringe with chain for a more industrial look or ribbon for a softer, more romantic feel.


Creating your own simple fringe earrings is a fun and rewarding project that can be completed in just a few easy steps. By following this tutorial based on the Better Beader episode from Potomac Beads, you'll be able to craft a beautiful pair of earrings that perfectly suits your style. Don't be afraid to experiment with different materials, colors, and lengths to make the design your own. Once you've finished your earrings, share your creations with us in the comments below or on social media – we'd love to see what you come up with!

For more inspiring beading projects and tutorials, be sure to check out other episodes in the Better Beader series from Potomac Beads.

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