Hunter-Gatherer Earrings Tutorial

Written by
Mollie Valente
Published on
January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PSTst, January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST

January 21 is Squirrel Appreciation day in the United States. Celebrate these quirky Sciuridaes with us!

Created by: Mollie Valente

Designer Tips

  • Place the squirrel charms on the rubber block and polish the high points with the 3M sanding sponge. Use a EuroTool polishing pad to create a shiny finish.
  • Attach a finished squirrel charm to the loop of the eye pin.
  • For best way to open and close loops, and how to make wrapped loops, see Jewelry Basics 101 (PDF).
  • String the following beads onto the eye pin: 3.4mm brass heishi bead, 6mm Swarovski bicone bead, 3.4mm brass heishi bead, and 4mm Swarovski bicone bead.
  • Finish the beaded eye pin with a wrapped loop.
  • Attach the wrapped loop to the earwire loop.
  • Repeat for second earring.

Suggested Supplies

  • 1 pair #88-103-22-0 Vintaj Natural Brass Charm, Gathering Squirrel, 16.5x12.5mm
  • 1 gross (use 4 beads) #26-233-0 Brass Metal Beads, Heishi-Style, 3.4x1mm
  • 1 dozen (use 2 beads) #05-328-06-32 Swarovski 5328 Faceted XILION Bicone Beads, 6mm - Jet AB 2X
  • 1 ounce (use 2 pieces) #37-722-6 Antiqued Brass Eye Pin, 2", Standard
  • 1 pair #34-061-27 TierraCast Brass-colored Niobium Earring Hook Findings
  • 1 pair #33-960Wire Keepers, white


  • #69-118 Rubber Bench Block, 4x4x1"
  • #69-257-0005 3M Sanding Sponges, 1200-1500 Grit
  • #63-528 EURO TOOL Polishing Pads, Ultra, 2x2"
  • #69-271-99 EURO TOOL Glitter, Four-Piece Set
  • #66-214-06 Beading Mat (optional-keep beads from rolling away while you work)