Do it Yourself Fashion: Disco Earrings

Posted on February 3, 2011



Andy Warhol, Jerry Hall, and Bianca Jagger were just a few of the celebrities in the 70’s who partied all night long at Studio 54.

Their style was free, uninhibited, and unpretentious.

Andy Warhol and the gang stylin’ and profiln’ at Studio 54

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Disco dominated the pop-culture scene in the 70’s and fashion was no exception. Big, bold, and outlandish silhouettes set the trend for the era. Fashion designers today have interpreted the innovative 70’s flare with sleek jumpsuits, platform heels, and daring accessories within their collections. Disco earrings are all the rage among the creme-de-la-creme in the fashion world (including Chanel Spring/Summer 2011 as seen in pic below). Do you want to know how to create these darling dangles all by yourself?  The fabulous folks at Who What Wear gave us step-by-step instructions on how to hand-craft this accessory.

All you need is a little bit of time, the right tools, and imagination!

-28 6-inch chains
-28 small (3mm) jump rings
-4 large (4mm) jump rings
-2 Earrings Posts
-2 Ribbon Clamps
-Fishing Line
-Gorilla Super Glue ($6)
-Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint ($5) in Black
-Wire Cutters
-Small Pliers


If you are particularly crafty and want to make your own earrings, please start with Step 1. If you’re a little lazy or uninterested in this part of the project, you can simply buy similar earrings—like Gorjana’s Vintage Chain Tassel Earrings ($48)—and paint them. If you decide to do the latter, please start with Step 8.

1. Divide chains and jump rings into two separate groups. You will need 14 chains, 14 small jump rings, and 2 large jump rings for each earring.

2. For the first earring, use pliers to attach a small jump ring to the end of one chain. Repeat on the 13 remaining chains, so that each chain has a single jump ring.

3. Separate your chains into 2 equal sets; that’s 7 chains per set, if you don’t like counting.

4. Attach each set of 7 chains to 1 large jump ring (see images in Step 3).

5. Connect the 2 large jump rings to create your first earring. Again, you should have 14 chains in total per earring (see images in Step 3).

6. Repeat Steps 2-5 for the second earring.

7. Now it’s time to mount the earrings to the ribbon clamps. For the first earring, thread a piece of fishing line through the 2 large jump rings, then thread the line through the top of the ribbon clamp. Tie a triple knot to secure the earring to the clamp, and then clip any excess fishing line. Repeat for the second earring.

8. Phew! You’re done with construction—now you can spray paint! First, make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area. Next, you’ll need to prep and protect your workspace; we suggest picking a flat area (duh) and covering it with old magazines or newspapers.

9. Cover the top half of your earrings with a piece of paper, leaving the lower half exposed for paint.

10. Apply a thin layer of black spray paint to bottom half of the earrings. Leave them flat on the workspace for approximately 15 minutes or until dry. Flip the earrings over and lightly spray the other side. (Note: too much paint will make the chains clump and stick together—eek!)

11. Once the earrings are fully dry—at least 15 minutes, but possibly much more—apply a small amount of Gorilla Super Glue to the back of each earring post. Hold the posts against the ribbon clamps for approximately ten seconds until firmly in place

THEN PRESTO- You’ve got yourself a pair of FIERCE Disco Eaarings!


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