Judy Larson's Crazy Hoop Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. The purple Crazy Lace Agate beads are reminiscent of purple turquoise so it was not a stretch to add blue turquoise and coral to them for a Southwest flair.
Crazy Hoop Earrings
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Coiling, Making Loops, Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
The purple Crazy Lace Agate beads are reminiscent of purple turquoise so it was not a stretch to add blue turquoise and coral to them for a Southwest flair. The best part about this design is that all the wire is cut to just 3" so you can use up all those short pieces leftover from other projects! Of course, if your wires are a bit longer, that is fine, too.

Materials

18 Gauge Square Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18SQD
  • Lesson Quantity: 6.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $5.20
  • Gold Club Price: $3.90
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22 Gauge Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-22D
  • Lesson Quantity: 12.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $1.51
  • Gold Club Price: $1.13
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Blue Crazy Lace Agate 6mm Rondelle Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-612
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $7.37
  • Gold Club Price: $5.53
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African Turquoise 6mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-734
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.07
  • Gold Club Price: $4.55
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Sterling Silver Beads Bright 2.5mm - Pack of 25
K9-138
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.06
  • Gold Club Price: $1.55
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Sterling Silver Earwire w/ Ball & Coil 19.5mm - Pack of 2
K19-40
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $1.86
  • Gold Club Price: $1.40
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Sterling Silver Beads Bright 3mm - Pack of 25
K9-140
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.57
  • Gold Club Price: $1.93
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Sterling Silver Saucer Beads Bright 5mm - Pack of 10
K9-203
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.44
  • Gold Club Price: $4.08
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Carnelian 4mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-750
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.07
  • Gold Club Price: $3.80
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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3.6 Volt Automatic Wire Twister (Cordless Screwdriver)
G5-15
  • G5-15
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $42.97
  • Gold Club Price: $32.23
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Medium Rawhide Hammer 1 1/4 inch - Pack of 1
G3-7
  • G3-7
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $24.95
  • Gold Club Price: $18.71
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Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks
DAP-500.30
  • DAP-500.30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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Wood Ring Mandrel - Pack of 1
G7-55
  • G7-55
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $11.95
  • Gold Club Price: $8.96
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Instructions
Step 1
Pro Tip: It is important to read through the directions before starting.
To make the outer "rope" section, straighten, cut and twist a section of 18-gauge square wire. Cut two 3" pieces.
Pro Tip: Make both the outer rope sections at the same time to make sure they match.
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Step 2
Use the tips of a round nose pliers to make a small loop on each end of the twisted 18-gauge square wire. Both loops should be formed in the same direction. Shape the wire around a 3/4" mandrel as shown.
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Step 3
Lightly hammer the circle. Try not to hammer so much that the twist lines disappear. When you are
done hammering the piece (hammered and un-hammered shown), carefully push the wire ends together so one loop is on top of the other. Repeat for the other component.
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Step 4
Pro Tip: Steps 4-7 are directions are for one earring. Repeat the steps for the second earring.
Straighten and cut a 3" piece of 22-gauge round wire. Thread the beads on in the order shown.
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Step 5
Center the beads on the wire. Bend the wire ends together.
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Step 6
Tightly twist the two wire ends together. Be careful to not twist too tightly or you will break the wire.
Bend the bead section into a more rounded shape.
Pro Tip: Small gemstone beads are not all perfectly calibrated, so before twisting the wire, check to make sure that your bead circle will not be too large for the rope border. If it is too large, you can remove the two outer 2.5mm beads.
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Step 7
Trim the twisted wire to a scant 7/16" beyond the circle of beads. Use round nose pliers to make an eye loop with the twisted wire.
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Step 8
Open the eye on the bead section and insert it through the loops of the twisted rope section. Close the eye.
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Step 9
Straighten and cut a 3" piece of 22-gauge round wire. Fold it in half. Thread it through the loops of the twisted rope section. Tightly twist the wires together. Be careful to not twist too tightly or you will break the wire.
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Step 10
Slide a purple Crazy Lace Agate rondelle bead on the twisted wire. Make a wire wrapped loop above the bead.
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Step 11
Attach ear wires.
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