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Making Travel Earrings

Discover the art of creating and packing travel-friendly earrings with our tutorial. Learn to make versatile Huggy earrings and adorn them with neutral beads, whimsical designs, and elegant pearls using simple stitch techniques. Whether you're jet-setting or attending a retreat, our guide ensures your jewelry is as ready for adventure as you are. Materials used include Huggy earrings, seed beads (sizes 11/0, 15/0, 8/0), pearls, and more, showcasing your artistic flair wherever you go.

Episode Transcript


Traveling with jewelry can be a challenge, but with the right techniques and tools, you can easily take your favorite earrings on the go. In this article, we'll share some tips and tricks from the Better Beader episode 187, "Making Travel Earrings," to help you create versatile, stylish, and travel-friendly earrings.

Materials Needed

  • Huggy earrings with snap-back closure (gold and silver)
  • Small organizer or cosmetic case
  • Neutral-colored beads (e.g., disco ball beads, moon beads)
  • Wire guards
  • Laser-cut forms
  • Wooden earring forms
  • Pearls in various sizes
  • Seed beads
  • Thread and needle
  • Head pins
  • Thread burner
  • Jump rings or chain

Step-by-Step Tutorial

  1. Start by packing your Huggy earrings in your organizer. These snap-back earrings are perfect for traveling, as they stay secure and look great on their own.
  2. Create a neutral, versatile pair of earrings using a disco ball bead or moon bead. Attach the bead to a wire guard using a head pin and a rounded loop. Make sure the loop is large enough to slide onto the Huggy earring.
  3. For smaller beads or a more eye-catching look, use wire guards to attach them to the Huggies. This keeps the earrings lightweight and easy to wear.
  4. Experiment with laser-cut forms and markers to create Whimsical, colorful designs that can be worn day or night. Stick to neutral colors for maximum versatility.
  5. Pack your earrings on wooden earring forms, which are lightweight and help you feel fashionable while traveling.
  6. Don't forget to include pearls in your travel jewelry collection. Pearls can dress up or down any outfit and add a touch of elegance.
  7. To create a pearl drop earring, string seed beads and pearls (smallest to largest) on a thread and needle. Add a seed bead at the top, then pass the needle back through to create a swaying effect. Attach the thread to a wire guard, jump ring, or chain to hang from your Huggies.

Customization Ideas & Inspiration

  • Mix and match your earrings by stacking smaller designs on your Huggies to create chunkier, more statement-making looks.
  • Experiment with different color combinations to match your outfits or personal style.
  • Keep a head pin on hand while traveling in case you find a bead or inspiration for a new earring design.
  • In a pinch, you can even use hotel room thread and needle to create impromptu earrings.


With these travel earring tips and techniques from Better Beader episode 187, you'll be able to pack efficiently, change up your look, and keep your jewelry secure while on the go. Remember to focus on neutral colors, versatile designs, and the convenience of Huggy earrings. Happy traveling and happy beading!

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