How to make wire wrapped hoop earrings
Are you a fan of hoop earrings? If so, then today’s tutorial is for you. In this article, you will learn how to make hoop earrings using jewelry wire. In addition, I am going to show you how to embellish the earrings with wire filigree and seed beads. Today’s project covers a lot of essential wire wrapping skills. Now let’s dive in!
- 20-gauge jewelry wire (for the hoop)
- 24-gauge jewelry wire (for the filigree)
- 30-gauge jewelry wire (for attaching beads)
- 2mm red spinel beads
- 2.5mm turquoise beads
- Round Nose Plier
- Chain Nose Plier
- Electric Wire File
- Wire Cutter
- Ring Mandrel
- Mini Jump Ring Mandrel
- Jewelry Hammer
- Bench Block
1. How to make the earring hoops
In my previous post, I’ve covered the basic earring hoops. Today, let’s try a slightly different version with more design elements in it.
Key points when making the hoop earrings:
- The gold filled wire will expand after wrapping around the mandrel. In my case, the mandrel I used is 1inch in diameter, but the final loop is about 3.5cm/1.4inch. However, if you use the copper wire, the hoop will stay the size of the mandrel.
- Don’t forget to hammer the earring frames. It will help the earrings maintain their round shape.
2. How to make wire filigree embellishments
Wire filigree can be really fancy and complicated. Maybe we can explore this area in depth in future tutorials.For today’s project though, we are going to make a simple curved shape ; then connect these curves together to create a lovely lace effect.
Key points when making wire filigree:
The key to make those wire filigree beautiful is to keep every curve uniform. We need to use the exact same mandrel and same loop in the looping plier for every curve.
3. How to attach beads and wire filigree to the earring frame
Now I’ll show you how to attach the beads and wire filigree to the earring frame using 28 / 30-gauge wire.
Key takeaways when wire wrapping:
- It’s difficult to work with a very long piece of wire. For this project, You can cut required length (70cm) by half ( 35cm) and wrap one piece at a time.
- Keep the wire tight all the time during wrapping.
- Keep the number of wraps uniform for each beads and wire filigree.
- Avoid bending the wire to a sharp angle as it may cause the wire to break.
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