In Wire Wrapping For Beginners, I have a pair of earrings that are Hoops with a Dangle. In it, you could use pre-made hoops.
But, as you’re about to see, it’s really not difficult to make your own hoops!
+ Bonus Junk Earrings Tutorial!
- Round, 20 gauge wire.
- Round Nose Pliers
- Bend nose (or you can use your needle nose) pliers
- Wire cutters
- Ring mandrel
- Jewelry hammer
- Metal block or anvil on which to hammer
A quick lesson about wire cutters:
Wire cutters typically have 2 sides that cut in two different ways.
The side that is toward the wire that you are keeping or using in the design is the side I’m talking about here.
We want to start with a flush cut almost always when we’re starting a project. So it’s always a good idea to trim the end off with a flush cut.
Make sure the 2 pieces of wire are the same length. It matters less what the actual length is than that they are the same.
See how the end of the wire just meets up withe loop.
Hammer the hoop. Put the loop over the edge so not to damage it and hammer, leaving about 1/4″ – 1/2″ unhammered at the ends.
If you don’t have supplies for hammering, it’s okay. Hammering helps the hoops keep their shape. If you don’t, you’ll just have to be extra careful with your earrings.
Hook the earrings and put them back on the ring mandrel. I like to push as far as I can because it will stretch the wire a little and make a more perfect circle. Be careful, though, and don’t let the earring come unlatched. If you push it down too far and the latch comes unhooked, you will mess up the shape of your hoops.
Make Junk Earrings!
I actually had a customer tell me about these when they saw my hoop earrings with hardware on them. She told me she had been to France and these “junk” earrings (or she might have called them garbage earrings or trash earrings or something else) were all the rage. Basically, just put trash on a hoop and wear them.
I didn’t actually see these earrings, but I decided to come up with my own version based upon what she told me.
You’ll need strong scissors for the plastic bottles. Cut them into whatever shapes you like.
- Tabs from soda cans
- Paper – I would treat it to withstand the weather, though.
- Gun wrappers
- Rubber bands
- Ties from bread loafs
- Anything else you can think of!
Just remember that you’ll be wearing them on your ears, so don’t make them too heavy or they could pull at your ears, or worse, rip your earring holes!
The hoop tutorial is in Wire Wrapping for Beginners along with 9 other earring tutorials plus bracelet, necklace and wire wrapped rings tutorials.