With so many earwires and earring settings available, it's easy to come up with creative and experimental designs using a range of gemstones and wire working techniques.
In this guide, we show you various types of earring findings that you can use for your handmade jewellery designs. Earring findings are beginner friendly, usually requiring little skill and time to create designs. We also share with you our favourite hypoallergenic earwires for those with metal allergies.
Whether you love the simplicity of snaptite earstuds or enjoy creating earring drops with wire-working designs, we've got plenty of inspiration for you.
Find all of the earring findings online with Kernowcraft in a range of sizes and metals.
This popular design have an elegant design which has an open loop at the bottom, which you can twist open using snipe nose pliers to add your design to.
Kidney earwires offer a simply design. They have a hook latch for a secure fitting and your designs can be added to the loop of the earwires.
Earstuds have posts which go through the lobe and are secured with earring scrolls. Take a look at the options you have with using earstud settings...
We love how elegant backset settings are for faceted stones. They have an open back to let the light sparkle through and really show off the beauty of your chosen stone. All you need to do is pop your stone into the setting and push the claws over the back of the stone to secure.
Another popular design is snaptite settings as they are so easy to set. The back of the setting is slightly smaller than the size or the stone, which cleverly provides just enough tension on the claws so that they literally 'snap' around the faceted stone when the correct pressure is applied.
What glue to use? We always recommend using Devcon 5 minute epoxy glue for your jewellery designs. It's available as a syringe or tubes and provides a super fast drying, high strength glue that creates high quality bonds. Great for using with metal, gemstones, glass, ceramic, concrete and wood - a great all-round glue for your crafting needs.
Flat plate earstuds are perfect for gluing on various items from gemstones, sea glass, ceramic or metal clay creations. Anything with a flat back can be glued onto the setting for an instant and fun design.
These petal edge settings add a decorative effect, with scalloped edges which covers your chosen cabochon stone.
Half drilled beads look great using settings! Earstuds for half drilled beads have a little peg in the centre which fits into the hole of a half drilled bead, ensuring they sit securely and centrally in the setting. Simply use glue to set the bead in place.
Threader earrings are a popular choice for modern and minimalist designs. They simply thread through the lobe and many designs have loops, which makes it easy to attach wire wrapped designs to.
See below the main alternatives to pierced earrings, including clip ons and screwback earrings.
Earscrews are a popular choice for those with unpierced ears. Earscrews fit comfortably onto your ear - simply screw the part at the back close until they are secured to your ear. This featured design has a loop to attach your designs to.
Many people have sensitivity or are allergic to certain jewellery which makes it difficult to shop for earrings. Popular hypoallergenic metals include titanium and stainless steel.