These beaded hoop earrings were inspired by the designer versions that I talked about in yesterday’s DIY inspiration post. I took the ideas that I liked from a few of the hoops I posted and I incorporated those with a few ideas of my own to come up with this pair of earrings. Because I already had all of the materials on hand, these didn’t really cost me anything. But you can probably make 2 or more pairs for less than $20. You can use the same bead pattern i did or create your own. Just make sure that whichever beads you choose to use have holes big enough to go on the 20 gauge wire. These only took me about 20 minutes to make and they were easy.
For this project you will need:
Begin by cutting a piece of wire that’s 5.5″ long. Cut 3 pieces of chain. one should be 1.75″, 2″, and 2.25″ long.
Gently bend the wire into a circle shape using your fingers, then make a small loop on one end using the round nose pliers.
Begin by sliding on the smallest chain first, then 2 beads.
Then slide on the 2″ chain, 3 more beads and then the longest chain.
Then slide on about 12 more beads, 3 stone chips or whatever beads you’re using and then 3 more beads.
Then 9 more beads and the other end of the 2.25″ chain.
Then 3 more beads and the other end of the 2″ chain.
Then 2 final beads and the other end of the 1.75″ chain. Now gently bend the shape of the earring into the best hoop shape you can and even out all of the beads so the wire that is showing at the top is disbursed evenly on both sides.
Now bend another little loop with the pliers on the other end of the wire.
Attach one of the jumprings to the top through both of the wire loops.
Then finish it off by attaching the ear hook using the pliers.
Repeat all of the steps for the other earring and then they are ready to wear!
I wanted mine to have kind of an edgy tribal look so i used some brass heishi and some African trade beads and i decided that some lapis luzuli stone chips would look nice.
And here they are in natural light and being worn for size reference.
Will you be making a pair? They make nice gifts too, especially when you tell the recipient that you made them yourself!
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