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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5 comments

  1. Mom says:

    I love these earrings, and I don’t know how you just keep thinking up ideas. We are two very creative ladies. I know where you got it. Ha! But what about me? I think it was Pap, as in his earlier years, he did a lot with wood. I saw him make lawn furniture, and kitchen cupboards, which I could use, and picnic tables. He built a pavilion with a fireplace, and let’s not forget the swimming pool.
    As you know, I sure do miss him.
    Love MOM

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