This tutorial is for really versatile and fun beaded hoop earrings!
I used recycled glass beads, so I only beaded about halfway so the earrings wouldn’t be so heavy. If you’re using lightweight beads you could bead the entire hoop.
Here are the step-by-step instructions:
Materials and Tools:
Cut 2 pieces of the 20 gauge wire to 9 inches each.
Slide the beads on the wire. Be mindful about how heavy the earrings will be. The beads I used are glass, so I put 8 on each wire. If your beads are lighter, you can obviously use more.
Make a teardrop shape and hold the wires where they cross. The wire ends above my thumb are about 1 1/2″ each
Give the wire 2 twists while still holding the wires where they cross.
Hold one of the loose ends with your round nose pliers. Wrap the wire around the pliers to from a loop.
Take the loop of the round nose pliers and straighten it. Then hold the loop with pliers and wrap 2 more times.
Cut off any excess wire making a flush cut. Make sure the end is not poking out.
Repeat for the other earring.
Step #8Open an earring wire and place the loop in and close the earring wire.
Repeat for the other earring and you’re done!
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