The idea for the tutorial for these lovely Toulouse Earrings from Anthropologie came to me when I saw them on the website. My first thought when I saw these was "Me want!" My second thought? "Are you KIDDING me, Anthropologie? $$$??!!" (that's right, my thoughts were in dollar signs and question marks).
They didn't even list the price of these things! They were "by pre-order only" and made of fancy-schmancy "vintage" bronze chain. And they sold out in about two days! Bah! It blows my mind.
Craziness. This is just a bar bead and some chain, people! This tutorial is so easy it hurts. That was actually my Pinterest description of this Pin, "So easy it hurts." Hurts my wallet that Anthropologie charges crazy money for something this easy to DIY! So without further ado, here is how to make your own fancy-shmancy Anthropologie Toulouse Earrings:
You will need: Two earring hooks, two eye pins, two jump rings, two 8 inch lengths of chain and two bar beads. I actually found these curved silver beads pictured above in the sterling silver section at Joann's.
Open your jump ring with your pliers like this:
Slip both ends of one of your chains onto the jump ring:
Close your jump ring:
Slip the jump ring onto the end of your earring hook:
This is the most difficult part of whole tutorial, are you ready?
Use your needle nose pliers to bend your eye hook into a curve matching that of your bar bead. Obviously if you're using a straight bead you won't need to do this step:
Slip your bar bead onto your eye pin:
Cut the remainder of your wire off about 1/3 of an inch past the end of your bar bead:
Using your needle nose pliers, create another eye hook at the other end of your bead, leaving it open.
Open the eye hook on the other end of the bead as well:
Hook one side of your eye/bead combo onto the chain loop, about halfway down and close that side's hook:
Hook the other side onto the chain directly across from the first one:
Aaaaand you're done!
Congratulations everyone, you just saved yourself some big $$$ on Anthropologie earrings! If you really wanted to, you could also use some "vintage" bronze chain if you stopped by any thrift store anywhere and picked up a chain for $.99. Seriously.
Sarcasm aside, I kind of love them! I really like how simple and elegant they are, and they go with everything and are delicate but still sculptural. You're got to hand it to Anthropologie, they may be overpriced but they make some amazing things!
And if you like this tutorial, you can find more of our jewelry tutorials here!