Make a pair of lightsaber earrings for a fun Star Wars craft for May the 4th or any time you want to add some subtle geekiness to your style.
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You only need 2 dozen beads to make these earrings. If you’ve already got seed beads in your craft stash, these are a fun way to use them up. If you purchase a few new packages of beads and you’re looking for more ways to use up your seed beads, make these Star Wars bead bracelets too.
Star Wars lightsaber colors
For the lightsaber hilt, any combination of black and silver or gray beads will work. Here’s a quick recap of the main character’s blade colors:
- Qui-Gon Jinn – green
- Obi-wan – blue
- Anakin – blue
- Ahsoka – green
- Obi-wan – blue
- Darth Vader – red
- Luke – blue (Anakin’s original) then green
- Leia – blue
- Rey – blue (that same hand-me-down lightsaber) then yellow
- Kylo – red
- Ahsoka – white
We could easily go down a long rabbit hole of lightsaber colors (like Mace Windu’s iconic purple) so this is just a starting place. And of course, you can make your own custom lightsaber with any blade color you like.
How to make lightsaber earrings
- seed beads in size 6/0 – black, silver, and your choice of colors
- 2 2-inch jewelry headpins with a flat head
- 2 earring fishhooks
- jewelry pliers
1. Choose your bead pattern.
You’ll need to choose a hilt pattern and then which color you want for the blade.
I made mine to look more or less like Obi-wan’s prequel lightsaber. You can either pattern the black and silver beads to look like a specific hilt or just alternate them however you like.
2. Thread the beads onto the pin.
Slide the beads onto the pin with the head at the bottom. You can either start with the blade or the hilt, depending on which makes sense to you. I polled my Instagram followers and most agreed that pointing down was better, but I can definitely see them going either way.
You can make your lightsaber longer or shorter than mine (I used 12 beads). The blade of the lightsaber should be the same length as or longer than the hilt. Make sure you have space at the top to bend the end of the headpin into a loop around the earring hook.
3. Add the fishhook and close.
Slip the earring hook over the end of the headpin. Use jewelry pliers to bend the pin around the hook, then cut off any extra. Keep bending the end around until it meets back and closes the loop.
4. Make a second earring.
If you’re making a pair of earrings, repeat the steps above to create a second matching one.
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