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!
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.
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.