I recently re-discovered some sterling silver beaded wire I bought years ago but never did anything with.  When I saw it after all this time, however, I immediately saw a couple of things I could do with it:  Hoops!

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Textured Hoop Earrings $18

To make these earrings, I first wrapped the wire around a dowel of the diameter I wanted (in this case, about 1/2″ around).  The technique is basically the same as if you were making jump rings.  I then used my jeweler’s saw to separate the rings and then used clippers to cut away part of the material for the hoops’ opening.  I pretty much just estimated the size it should be.

Next, I filed and sanded the both ends of both openings to remove any rough edges.  I then soldered pre-made sterling silver posts to one end of each of the hoops.  After pickling the earrings, I polished them to a very shiny finish and added the ear nuts to the ends.

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I will be making more of this style of earring in the future as I like the look of them.  I’ve always really liked hoops, though in my daily life I tend to wear studs because they are a little more comfortable.

One Reply to “Pretty Little Hoops”

  1. Antoinette says: February 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    I love them! I’ve been getting into hoops lately. Though Kate’s smoky quartz drops on last night’s Lost (the courtroom) were really pretty too.

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