A Journey in Creating Hoop Earrings
by Susan LeGuyader
I've been playing around with the idea of recreating "The Hoop" earrings. Sounds crazy when you say it out loud, doesn't it? I mean the "The Hoop" earrings is an iconic piece of jewelry worn throughout history, in every culture around the world. So.... Easy right? Gah!

Who says that "The Hoop" has to be round? And that is the concept that I wanted to explore.
What I really wanted to do was see how many different shapes of earrings I could make with just one piece of wire and a few tools. Sample earrings, not finished and sellable designs. Better known as the design concept. My concept started out with doodling.
And since I couldn't wait to get started, I brought my little makers kit with me to the dealership while I was getting my oil changed. I don't know about you but I am not very patient while waiting. I can only be on my phone for so long (total lie) but I like to keep myself busy. With my notebook open and pieces of wire cut, I got started.
Susan LeGuyader's A Journey in Creating Hoop Earrings - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, must hoop earrings be round
Susan LeGuyader's A Journey in Creating Hoop Earrings - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, round
One important part of making hoops, not matter what shape, is that the form is uniform and repeatable. Making two earrings as one time will increase your chances of making them uniform.
Susan LeGuyader's A Journey in Creating Hoop Earrings - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, must hoop earrings be round
Susan LeGuyader's A Journey in Creating Hoop Earrings - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, must hoop earrings be round
Susan LeGuyader's A Journey in Creating Hoop Earrings - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, must hoop earrings be round
Before I knew it, I had made 6 concept pairs of earrings, all with 20g bronze wire, done in the space of about an hour. I deliberately chose wire that was half hard by nature. Bronze is stiff enough to hold shape, yet still malleable. Perfect for trial and error.

Susan LeGuyader's A Journey in Creating Hoop Earrings - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, must hoop earrings be round
Susan LeGuyader's A Journey in Creating Hoop Earrings - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, must hoop earrings be round
Susan LeGuyader's A Journey in Creating Hoop Earrings - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, must hoop earrings be round
Susan LeGuyader's A Journey in Creating Hoop Earrings - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, must hoop earrings be round
From these designs, I have a solid base on where I can go next. I will definitely be making more "hoop" earrings. Check out my "Reproduction Tips", a great companion piece of part of the design process.

Now is the "what comes next?" Well, we will explore that in the next article, "Embellishing Basic Shapes". What can you do with a few tools, wire and some time on your hands?


Materials

20 Gauge Half Round Half Hard Red Brass Wire
H3-20HRH
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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Tools

Premium Wire Jewelry Tool Kit
Y4-1
  • Y4-1
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  • Price: $99.97
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design