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Upgrade your hoops with this easy tutorial.
The lightweight wire makes these beauties easy on the ears for sure. The addition of tiny faceted crystals and you are all set for a night on the town. You can also leave them plain for a super simple and clean hoop earring. So lets get to it! Gather your supplies and tools and meet me back here!

Posted by Shelly O. from Pearl, Mississippi, United States • Published See Shelly O.'s 11 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Straighten and cut 18 inches of 18 gauge wire. Cut in half. File each end of the wires smooth.

  • How to make a hoop earring. Embellished Wire Spiral Hoop Earrings - Step 2
    Step 2

    Grasp the end of one of the wires with your bail making pliers or press the wire against your marker barrel and give a slight roll to create a deep hook.

  • How to make a hoop earring. Embellished Wire Spiral Hoop Earrings - Step 3
    Step 3

    Roll the wire around using your fingers to create a loose spiral. You can also use your pliers to help the curl along if needed.

  • How to make a hoop earring. Embellished Wire Spiral Hoop Earrings - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat for the second piece of wire. Place the spirals side by side and adjust as needed to make sure they match.

  • Step 5

    Make a tiny bend in your 24 gauge wire giving yourself about a 6 inch tail. This will be your wrapping wire. Slide the bend along the top of the spiral hoop until you are about 2 inches from the end of the spiral. Using the tail, wrap the smaller gauge wire five to six times around. Leave the end for now. We will trim it later. If your wire is loose and sliding, give it a squeeze with flat nose pliers of use crimping pliers. I personally like using the crimping pliers as it will not squish the wraps.

  • How to make a hoop earring. Embellished Wire Spiral Hoop Earrings - Step 6
    Step 6

    Slide a crystal on to your wrapping wire, hold against the spiral, then wrap around the spiral three to four times. Repeat for the next crystal. Make sure you use the same amount of wraps between each crystal.

  • How to make a hoop earring. Embellished Wire Spiral Hoop Earrings - Step 7
    Step 7

    Continue down until you have placed the last crystal on. Wrap the end around five to six times. Push the wrapping wire around and trim the end off towards the front of the spiral away from where it would be in the ear.

  • How to make a hoop earring. Embellished Wire Spiral Hoop Earrings - Step 8
    Step 8

    Trim the wrapping wire tail from the beginning at the front of the spiral away from where the spiral will hit in the ear lobe.

    If you find that your wraps are too loose and sliding, drop a bit of glue like Hypo-Cement on the beginning and end wraps. Repeat for second earring.

    Adjust your spirals back into shape.

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April M.
April M.
These are beautiful! Great instructions, too ;-) I have a stupid question - do these go through pierced ears or are they worn around the ear = thanks!

April
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Shelly O.
Shelly O. · Pearl, Mississippi, US · 11 projects
These slide into pierced ears. I guess you would wear them around the ear if you could get them to stay.
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