ECT TV Episode 72: How to Make Hammered Hoops

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

These earrings are so cute plain, but also are a great frame to add wire wrapped beads or wire wrapped shapes.

Here’s the video tutorial:

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Step-by-Step instructions:

(same as the video!)

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 16 gauge half-hard round wire
  • Earring Wires (or make your own, see ECT TV Episode 71)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Mandrel (I used the round shape of the Beadsmith Mandrel 4X, but you can use anything round to form the shape)
  • Chasing hammer and steel block

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Form a hoop by wrapping the wire around your mandrel or other cylindrical object.  Cut the wire leaving about 1/4 inch on each side past the point where the wire crosses.

Cut each end with a flush cut.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Make a loop on each end of the wire, both going away from the hoop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Hammer the hoop with a chasing hammer being careful not to hammer the loops.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Hold the hoop with the loops facing away from you.  Use chain nose pliers to twist the left loop up.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Carefully open the loop on the right side so it’s in a shape of a hook.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Place the left loop into the open hook.  Then carefully close the hook.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Add earring wires and you’re done!


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Inspiration Book Series: Prompt 3

Inspiration Book Series

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Want to find your inspiration?

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Each week get a creatively inspiring prompt right here on my website.  Do the prompt in your Inspiration Book and feel more inspired!

For an introduction to the Inspiration Book Series, check out the Inspiration Book Introduction.

For all of the Inspiration Book Series prompts, click here.

Prompt 3:  Go for a Walk

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Prompt 3 is about going for a walk and paying attention to what you find.  And I’m talking about physical things you find on the ground.  It may be feathers, twigs and rocks or things like zipper pulls that fell off someone’s clothes.

Inspiration Book Series Prompt 3

Steps:

  • Go for a walk.  This can be in your town or out in the country or even just around your own backyard.  Keep your eyes open for interesting things you find along the way.  I find a ton of feathers when I’m walking, but I also find twigs and random bits like zipper pulls, which I collect.
  • Pick one thing and stick it in your album.  (If it’s too big and won’t fit, then draw it!)
  • Draw the item different ways on the page.
  • Repeat as much as you like!

I know that most of you are jewelry makers, so drawing isn’t necessarily your strong suit.  Just give it a try!

Reflection:

Think about the shapes of the items.  Is there anything that is inspiring for your next jewelry piece?

If you have ideas, sketch them in your Inspiration Book!


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Daily Creativity Challenges: Whey They’re Great and How to Prepare

Daily Challenges

In this video I talk about why I love daily creativity challenges, how they help your creativity and how to be prepared for a daily challenge like Earrings Every Day Month.


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How to Make Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Want to add a little something extra to your earring wires?

Learn how to make earring wires with beads and then you can customize your next pair of earrings even more!

Watch the video tutorial:

Earring Wires with Beads

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are the same instructions as the video, but in photos.

Tools and Materials:

  • 20 gauge half-hard wire
  • 2 beads
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Sharpie or something cylindrical to form a bend around (I used my ring mandrel)
  • Jewelry file or burr cup

Step #1

Earring Wires with Beads

Cut 2 pieces of wire.  I cut mine 2 1/2 inches long, but you can make them longer or shorter depending how large you’d like your earring wires.

Just make sure they’re the same length.

Step #2

Earring Wires with Beads

Make sure each end has a flush cut.  (To make a flush cut, use the back/flat side of your wire cutters toward the “work” or your project.)

Step #3

Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Make a loop at the end of each wire.

To make a loop: hold the wire in round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through. Twist your wrist away from you forming a loop in the wire.

Step #4

Earring Wires with Beads

Slide a bead on each wire.

Step #5

Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Line up the wires and then bend them around something cylindrical (such as a sharpie or the small end of your ring mandrel.)

Step #6

Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Hold the earring wires together and make an outward bend at the end of the wire using chain nose pliers.

Step #7

Earring Wires with Beads

Round the end of the wire with a jewelry file, burr cup or wire rounder.

Earring Wires with Beads

Optional:  You can hammer the earring wires to harden the wire with a rawhide or nylon hammer.  Just make sure to hold the bead off to the side of your steel block or anvil.

Now you have super cute earring wires to use in your earring designs!  Just customize them with a bead that matches the earrings you create!


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Inspired Book Series: Prompt 2

Inspiration Book Series

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Get all of the prompts here:  Inspiration Book Series

Prompt 2:  I Feel Happiest When . . .

Video:

Inspiration Book Series Prompt 2

Steps:

  • Use the prompt “I’m happiest when __________” and fill in the blank.
  • Respond in any way you like.  I used photos and a list or you can use just a list, make a collage, draw or anything you think of!

Inspiration Book Series Prompt 2

Inspiration Book Series Prompt 2

Reflection:

How can you bring more of these things into your life?


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