Earrings – Crystal Hoop

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What you need

2 silver-plated 30mm hoop frames
28 gauge tarnish-resistant silver craft wire
20 Swarovski crystal 4mm bicones
2 silver French hook ear wires
Wire cutters
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers

Instructions

 This Jewelry making project shows you how to create your own Crystal hoops earrings.

 

 

Cut an 18” length of silver craft wire. Leaving a 2” tail, begin wrapping the wire around the hoop frame, starting from the top. Wrap the wire ten times and pull tight. Squeeze the wrapped loops together toward the top of the frame with your fingers or chain nose pliers.

String a crystal bicone onto the wire. Hold the crystal in place on the outer edge of the hoop frame with your non-dominant hand while you wrap the wire ten times around the frame with your other hand. Make the loops as tight as possible, and slide them toward the crystal until they sit next to each other.

Continue alternating between ten wrapped loops and a crystal until you have ten crystals evenly spaced around the hoop frame. Finish with ten more loops. 

Trim the wire end close to the hoop frame, tucking the tip of the wire into the loops with your chain nose pliers. Repeat with the other end of the wire.

Grip the loop on the base of one ear wire on either side of the opening with your chain nose and round nose pliers. Twist the pliers away from each other to open the loop. String the wire wrapped hoop frame onto the ear wires using the small hole at the top of the frame. Reverse the twisting motion to close the loop.

Repeat steps 1 to 5 to complete the matching earring.

Once you’ve mastered the basic technique, you can substitute other small beads in any color or shape to adorn the hoop frames. If you decide to use bigger crystals or beads, or if you want your crystals spaced further apart, simply wrap the wire more times around the hoop frame between each bead.

 

 



What you need

2 15” lengths of antiqued bronze 26 gauge artist wire
8 faceted 8mm carnelian top-drilled briolettes
2 antiqued bronze lever back ear wires
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers

Instructions

 

 
Step 1: String one carnelian bead onto the middle of one length of wire. Pinch the wire together about ½ inch above the bead as you twist the bead to for the first branch. Separate the two wire tails above the first bead.
 
Step 2: Add another bead to one end of the wire, and hold it in place ¼ to ½ inch from the top of your first branch. Bend the wire back on itself and pinch the intersection where the wires meet. Twist the new bead to form the second branch.
 
Step 3: Bring the two wires together and pinch about ½ inch above the intersection of your first two branches. Twist the existing branches.
 
Step 4: Add a third bead to the piece of wire opposite your second branch. Repeat Step 2 to form a third branch.
 
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 to form your final branch.  Pinch the two wires together ¼ inch above the final branch intersection and twist the branches.
 
Step 6: Grip the two wires at the top of the twisted section with your round nose pliers, and wrap the wire around the nose of the pliers to form a loop. Center the loop above the earring.
 
Step 7: Thread the small loop at the base of your first lever back ear wire onto the wire loop at the top of the earring. Hold the loop with your chain nose pliers as you wrap the remaining wire around the base of the loop several times. Trim any excess wire and squeeze the wire ends into the wrapped wire with your chain nose pliers to prevent poking.
 
Step 8: Repeat steps 1 to 8 to make your second earring.
 
Once completed, you can bend and kink the wire branches to give them a more natural look. These earrings can be make with any color of wire and any teardrop shaped beads.
 
This project was submitted by Lydia Schrandt. To see more of her work, visit lydiasara.etsy.com.

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