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Wire Hoops

Instructions for making the Jewelry Wire Hoops Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, common jewelry supplies and beads:

Pink Jewelry Wire Hoops Earrings jewelry making project.Jewelry Wire Hoops Earrings made with sapphire beads using WigJig jewelry tools.

Making nice hoop earrings with jewelry wire is slightly more difficult than one might initially think.  The wire that goes through the ear must be 20 gauge, but 20 gauge jewelry wire is a little thin for making a strong earring body.  Here is a way to make hoop earrings that meet both the requirement for a strong earring body and for a thinner jewelry wire going through the pierced ear.

There is one caution about making earrings like this out of colored jewelry wire.  The dyes in the colored wire may contain harmful chemicals.  It is unlikely, but possible, that wearing colored wire earrings over a prolonged period of time could cause the wearer a problem.  Please be aware of this if you decide to make earrings for pierced ears with colored jewelry wire. 

These earrings are not the strongest earrings, but they are more than adequate for personal wear.  These earrings may not be appropriate for selling, because they can be pulled out of shape if snagged.

This is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.

Jewelry Making Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Ruler,
  • Flush cutter,
  • Round nose pliers,
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2),
  • Nylon jaw pliers,
  • Cup bur or Bur Cup tool,
  • Any WigJig Jewelry Making Tool,
  • WigJig Spiral Maker for your jig.

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Silver Jewelry Wire Hoops Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools.

Step-by-Step Instructions for making the Wire Hoops Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire and beads:

Step 1:  Straighten a 6 inch long segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire.

Step 2:  Cut the jewelry wire to a length of 6 inches. 

Step 3:  Grasp the jewelry wire 2 1/2 inches from the end with the tips of your round nose pliers as shown below-left. 

Step 4:  Make a "U" shaped bend in the jewelry wire as shown below-center. 

Step 5:  Grasp the jewelry wire with your nylon jaw pliers, near the loop in the wire that you made in step 4, as shown below-right. 
 

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Step 6:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the wire either side of the 180 degree bend and squeeze the wire together.  See the picture at right. 

Step 7:  Your goal is to have the two segments of jewelry wire close together and parallel.  After squeezing the wire together near the 180 degree bend, you can pull the wire through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers to help straighten the wire.  See the picture below right for how the wire should appear. 

Step 8:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, bend the last 1/8 inch of the loop up about 30 degrees.  See the picture below-center. 

Step 9:  The bend in jewelry wire is to allow the wire to hold its position against a peg in the jig.  Position your Spiral Maker or a 3/4" Super Peg in your WigJig jewelry tool along with a regular metal peg as shown below-right.  Add your jewelry wire as shown. 
 

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Step 10:  Now wrap the jewelry wire 3/4 of the way around your Spiral Maker tool or Super Peg as shown at right,. 

Step 11:  Remove the jewelry wire from your jewelry making jig.  Your wire should appear as shown below-left. 

Step 12:  At this point, we need to wrap the short jewelry wire segment around the longer wire segment.  The longer wire segment will become the post that goes through the wearer's ear.  The steps required to wrap the short wire segment around the ling wire segment are more difficult than one would first think.  For that reason, we will perform several steps and use several pliers to help us complete this step in a consistent manner.  Grasp the wire with your bent chain nose pliers as shown below-center.  Please note that the short wire segment is in the pliers closer to the hinge and the long wire segment is in the jaws of the pliers closer to the tips of the pliers.  This will allow you to get a better grip on the short wire segment as you bend the wire. 

Step 13:  As shown in the picture below-right, bend the short jewelry wire segment up.  You should have about 1/2 inch of wire bent up. 
 

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Step 14:  We need to wrap the short jewelry wire segment around the long wire segment so that the two wires are held together tightly.  It might seem like the easiest way to do this would be to grip the wire with your chain nose pliers.  As it turns out, it is actually better to use your round nose pliers to start the wrap.  Grab the short wire segment with the tips of your round nose pliers at the point where the 90 degree bend starts as shown at right. 

Step 15:  While gripping the wire firmly in your round nose pliers, push the wire over to start the wrap of the short wire segment around the long wire segment.  See the picture below-left. 

Step 16:  Now that we have the wrap started with our round nose pliers, we need to complete the wrap while gripping the wire in our bent chain nose pliers.  Grip the wire with your bent chain nose pliers as shown below-center.  Again, please note that the short wire segment is held closer to the hinge in the pliers and the long wire segment is closer to the tips of your pliers. 

Step 17:  To complete the jewelry wrap, use a second pair of chain nose pliers to twist and squeeze the short wire until it is tightly wrapped around the longer wire segment.  Once you have completed the wrap, it should appear as shown below-right.  For this design, we will only wrap the shorter wire around the longer wire one time. 
 

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Step 18:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess jewelry wire on the short wire segment. 

Step 19:  There should be some excess jewelry wire on the long wire segment.  Measure 3/8 inch from the point where the short wire segment wraps around the long wire segment.  Cut off the wire on the long wire segment at that point. 

Step 20:  In order to remove any burrs from the end of the cut wire on the earring's post, use your cup burr (or burr cup) tool to round the cut end of the wire.  See the picture below-left. 

Step 21:  Your finished Hoop Earring will appear as shown below-center. 

Step 22:  Add your ear clutch to the earring before wearing the earring for the first time.  The ear clutch can be hard to use the first time it is added to earrings.  After the first time, the ear clutch should work normally. 

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Alternative Jewelry Wire Hoops Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools, wire and beads.

Alternative Jewelry Making Designs:

Our first alternative design is simply to add a bead dangle to the end of the Hoop Earring.  See the picture at right for how this would appear.

Our second alternative design is to make the earrings the same way using 5 1/2 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire instead of 6 inches of wire and using a 3/4 inch Super Peg instead of the 7/8 inch Super Peg or Spiral Maker.  This will make an earring with a smaller and more delicate hoop. 

You can make these Wire Hoop Earrings using a Super Peg as small as 1/2 inch in diameter.  Smaller earrings may be stronger than larger ones.

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

We hope that you like our Wire Hoops Earrings jewelry making project.  We think that if you follow these instructions you will be able to make these earrings in a consistent and esthetically pleasing style. 

 

 

 



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