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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ECT TV Episode 71: Introduction to Making Earrings

Intro to Making Earrings

Today I have a special edition of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!  Introduction to Making Earrings!

In this episode you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started with making earrings plus a simple earring tutorial.

Watch the video:

 

Wire:

The generally accepted gauge of wire for making earring wires is 20 gauge.  Since you’re making your own earrings if that feels too thick for you you can always try 22 gauge and experiment so that you feel comfortable.

You may use other wire when creating earrings that are other gauges as well.

Metal:

If you have sensitivity to metal in your ears, for your earring wires you may need to use sterling silver.  (You probably want to practice making earrings wires with less expensive wire before switching over to sterling silver.)

If you don’t have any allergies to metal, you probably can use any wire.

Alternatively, you can simply purchase earring wires at your favorite supply store.  Again, if you have metal allergies, look for sterling silver or you may be able to use surgical steal earring wires.

Beads:

The main concern when you’re making earrings is the weight of the earrings.  You don’t want anything too heavy that will pull on your ears and be uncomfortable.

If you’re making earrings for yourself, you can make them as heavy as you like, but still be careful not to make them too heavy.

If you’re making earrings for someone else, make them as light as you can.

That being said, using large heavy beads isn’t the best idea for earrings, but use your own judgment.  That goes for anything else that you might add to your earrings.

Simple Earrings Tutorial

Next I’ll show you how to make a simple pair of earrings.  First you’ll find a step-by-step tutorial to make your own earring wires.  They’re pretty simple to make, but you don’t have to make your own earring wires. You can buy they already made at a jewelry supply store.

Earring Wires

Tools and Materials:

  • 20 gauge half-hard, round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Sharpie or other marker to bend around
  • Jewelry file
  • Rawhide, nylon or hard plastic hammer and steel block (optional)

Step #1

Earring Wires

Cut 2 pieces of wire approximately 3 inches long.  It doesn’t matter exactly how long they are, just that they are exactly the same length.

Step #2

Earring Wires

Flush cut both ends of each wire.  To make a flush cut use the back of most wire cutters toward the work (or what you’re leaving behind.)

Step #3

Earring Wires

Now we’ll make a loop on one end of the wires.  You learned how to make a loop in the “3 Tips” as well. Hold the wire in round nose pliers. The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through.  Use the tip of your round nose pliers because we just want to make a small loop.

Step #4

Earring Wires

Earring Wires

Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around pliers.  When you have twisted as far as your wrist will allow, readjust the wire and pliers and complete the loop.  Repeat for the other wire.

Step #5

Earring Wires

Bend the wires around a Sharpie or other pen or marker to form a hook.  I find it helpful to do both wires at one time so they’re the same.

The end with the loop will be shorter than the other end.

Step #6

Earring Wires

Earring Wires

Earring Wires

Use chain nose pliers to make a bend in the wires approximately at the same spot as the loop on the other side of the hook.

Step #7

Earring Wires

Trim off any excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

Earring Wires

Use a file or burr cup to file the end of the wire so it’s not sharp but rounded.

Step #9

Earring Wires

Harden the earring wire with a nylon, rawhide or hard plastic hammer.  This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but will make your earring wires sturdier.

Earring Wires

Now we’ll make a bead dangle to place on the earring wires to make a simple pair of earrings.

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Tools and Materials:

  • Bead
  • Headpin
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

Simple Earrings

Slide a bead onto a headpin.

Hint:  Check to see if your bead will stay on the headpin or if the stopper on the headpin is smaller than the hole in your bead.  If it slides off, you can either add a smaller bead like a seed bead first and then your larger bead or make your own decorative headpin that will hold the bead on.

(You can find free tutorials on my website for decorative headpins such as knotted headpins or spiral headpins.)

Step #2

Simple Earrings

Hold the headpin approximately ¼ inch above the bead in round nose pliers.

Step #3

Simple Earrings

Wrap the headpin around your round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

The loop will be off-center.  To center it hold the loop in chain nose pliers and wrap around one time while pulling the bead out straight.

Step #5

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Make 2 additional wraps keeping them close together and straight.

Step #6

Simple Earrings

Trim off any excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #7

Simple Earrings

Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Repeat to make a second matching bead dangle.

Step #8

Simple Earrings

Open an earring wire.

Step #9

Simple Earrings

Place the bead dangle in the loop and close it.

Simple Earrings


Ways to customize these simple earrings:

 

Dangle Earrings

Add extra bead dangles to your earring wires.

Paper Bead Earrings

Use fun beads!  (These are paper beads.)

How to Make Dangle Earrings

Add more than one bead on the headpin.  I stacked disc beads for this pair of earrings.

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip Earrings

These earrings have several gemstone beads and use spiral headpins, but it’s the same basic technique.

Layered Wire Wrapped Earrings

For these earrings, I used spiral headpins and then added a couple charms to the earring wires as well.


Earrings are a quick way to express yourself and your creativity.

  • They don’t take a lot of time to make.
  • You can express your creativity when you’re actually making them.
  • Plus, they have the bonus feature that you can express your creativity when you’re wearing your one-of-a-kind creations as well.
  • (Plus the bragging rights and confidence building of “Oh, you love these?  I made them!”)

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ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Bead Earrings

ECT TV Episode 53: Sided Drilled Beaded Earrings

Hi and welcome to another episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I’ll teach you how to wire wrap side drilled beads and then make a fun pair of earrings!

Here’s today’s video episode:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are step-by-step photo instructions of the exact same tutorial that’s in the video, except in photos.

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 4 Beads.  I used beads from Michaels, but you can use any beads that are side drilled.
  • Earring wires or make your own earring wires
  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Slide a bead on your 20 gauge wire.  Leave about 3″ of wire on each side of the bead and cut the wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Center the bead on the wire.  Cross the wire over in the top, middle of the bead.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Twist the wire once.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

If your wires ended up being two different lengths, use the longer one for this step.  If they’re the same length, it doesn’t matter which wire you use.

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers just above the twist you made.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Wrap the wire toward you and around the pliers in between the twist and the pliers forming a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

The loop will probably be off center and you want it centered in the middle of the bead.  I straighten the loop by holding the loop in chain nose pliers and while I wrap the wire around one time I straighten the loop so it’s centered.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Now I switch hands and continue wrapping a few times with the first wire.

Then wrap around a few times with the other wire.  Go in the direction that the wire wants to go.

Keep your wraps close together and straight as possible.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Make sure your wire ends are not poking out using your chain nose pliers to make sure they’re pushed in.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Repeat for all 4 beads.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Open up earring wires and add the beads.  I added the longer bead first and the shorter one in the front.

Close the earring wires.

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

I hope you found this tutorial helpful!

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Earrings Every Day Month, Final Day

Earrings Every Day Month, Final Day

September has been Earrings Every Day Month here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials.  Each day we’ve been making a pair of earrings.  I’ve been showing you what I’ve been making (links below) here on my blog.

The end of a month long project is always so bittersweet, isn’t it?

On one hand, I’m proud of all the earrings I’ve made.  I had so much fun and creative inspiration the entire month.

On the other hand, I’m sad it’s over.  It’s become such a part of my daily routine to make earrings each day.

Simultaneously with this project, I’ve been doing a daily scrapbooking project as well this month.  And it feels so weird that both are over.

But the thing about it is it doesn’t actually have to be over.  I can keep making jewelry every day and I can keep scrapbooking each day, too.  And I just might do that.  🙂

I wanted to share my last couple of earrings from Earrings Every Day Month/Earrings eCourse.

The

Day 29:  Chain and Bead Teardrop Earrings

Chain and Bead Teardrops

These earrings were a new edition for the 2015 Earrings eCourse and so much fun to make!

The beads are beads are from a necklace that I took apart that I got at a used jewelry sale.  (I used beads from the same necklace for these earrings, too.)

I made my own earring wires as usual.  That’s something I’m finding I did more often this year.  I think I used earrings I made myself for all of the earrings this year instead of using any store purchased.

It is pretty quick and easy just to make your own earring wires.

Day 30:  Beaded Square Earrings

Beaded Square Earrings

These are also new for the 2015 Earrings eCourse.

I chose to just use a variety of randomly colored beads, just pulling out beads from a bag of multicolored beads I had.

I used brass wire and, of course, made my own earring wires.

Well, that concludes Earrings Every Day Month for another year!

If you are in Earrings eCourse, you have continued access the the class and can keep on making earrings with the tutorials.  And if you are an Earrings Every Day participant with either the paid (Earrings eCourse) or free version and feel “behind,” just keep on going.  You can still make earrings.  Don’t feel behind.

If you missed out this year, don’t worry!  There will be Earrings Every Day Month again in September 2016!

Here are links to the previous earrings:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Days 6 & 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Days 12, 13 & 14

Day 15 (ECT TV Episode 49)

Days 16, 17 & 18

Days 19-23

Day 24

Days 25 & 26

Day 27

P.S.  Earrings Every Day Month (and Earrings eCourse) will be held again next September.  Signups will be open sometime in August 2016.

In the meantime, you can find all kinds of eWorkshops, eBooks, print books, individual jewelry tutorials and other eCourses here.

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 27

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 27

We’re in the home stretch of Earrings Every Day Month!  If you missed it this year, I’m so sorry, but you can watch for it again in September 2016!

The idea is to make a pair of earrings each day for the month of September.  (Sorry that the daily inspirational email is closed now to new participants, as well as the Earrings eCourse that goes along with it with tutorials every day.  These will reopen next year!)

If you still want to participate, you can simply challenge yourself every day for a month.  It doesn’t have to be earrings necessarily, but earrings are (usually) quick to make and you can feel creative in a short period of time.

Day 27:  Weaving

Wire Weaved Earrings

This isn’t particularly what you think of when you think of weaving wire, but people do call this technique weaving, so that’s what I’m calling it.

I repurposed these beads from an old necklace I got at a flea market a while back.  It was a long necklace, so it had lots of beads.  I chose the colors because it’s autumn and I’m trying to embrace it.  (It’s difficult for me.  I am a summer person.)

Here are links to the previous earrings:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Days 6 & 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Days 12, 13 & 14

Day 15 (ECT TV Episode 49)

Days 16, 17 & 18

Days 19-23

Day 24

Days 25 & 26