Judy Larson's Easy Beaded Post Hoop Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Beads. These J-hoop earrings are so gorgeous that they should be difficult to make.
Easy Beaded Post Hoop Earrings
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Beading
  • Skill Level: Beginner
These J-hoop earrings are so gorgeous that they should be difficult to make. However, they are SO EASY that you won't be able to quit making them!

Materials

20 Gauge Round Full Hard Argentium .930 Silver Wire
H19-20FH
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $3.19
  • Gold Club Price: $2.40
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4mm or smaller beads
  • Lesson Quantity: 40.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 40.00 each
silver crimps
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Sterling Silver Earnuts Regular Corrugated 5.5mm - Pack of 4
K19-32
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.73
  • Gold Club Price: $2.05
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Tools

4-1/2 Inch Magical Crimping Pliers for Bead forming - Pack of 1
G16-36
  • G16-36
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $19.95
  • Gold Club Price: $14.96
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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: $16.97
  • Gold Club Price: $12.73
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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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Steel Hoop Mandrel
MAN-214.00
  • MAN-214.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $28.97
  • Gold Club Price: $21.73
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Wire Rounder Set, 3 pieces
G14-20
  • G14-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $13.95
  • Gold Club Price: $10.46
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Instructions
Step 1
Read through the tutorial before starting the project. Follow all safety precautions pertaining to the tools and supplies being used and the space you are working in.

The idea for these earrings hit while photographing how to use Magical Crimping Pliers. Since the color of the wire shows through the beads and I wanted sparkle with little to no tarnishing, I chose to work with Argentium wire.
Judy Larson's Easy Beaded Post Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Beads, easy beaded post hoop earrings
Step 2
Cut two 4" pieces of 20 gauge round full hard wire for each pair of earrings. Half hard and dead soft wire will not provide the stable shape that full hard gives. You may choose to make a small ball on the end of each wire, or make a very small loop.
Judy Larson's Easy Beaded Post Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Beads, easy beaded post hoop earrings
Step 3
Curve each wire into the general shape desired. The center section on the Large Wrap N Tap pliers was used for these wires. Use what you have. Make sure the curved shape for each pair of earrings match. Add any number of small beads desired.
Judy Larson's Easy Beaded Post Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Beads, easy beaded post hoop earrings
Step 4
Slide a 2x2mm crimp bead onto each wire end.
Judy Larson's Easy Beaded Post Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Beads, easy beaded post hoop earrings
Step 5
Push the crimp bead tightly against the beads. Crimp the crimp bead using the Magical Crimping Pliers.
Judy Larson's Easy Beaded Post Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Beads, easy beaded post hoop earrings
Step 6
Use flat or chain nose pliers to bend the wire beyond the crip bead at about a 30 degree angle.
Judy Larson's Easy Beaded Post Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Beads, easy beaded post hoop earrings
Step 7
Shape the beaded section in any manner desired.
Judy Larson's Easy Beaded Post Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Beads, easy beaded post hoop earrings
Step 8
Trim the wire beyond the crimp bead to just a hair over 3/8" in length.
Judy Larson's Easy Beaded Post Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Beads, easy beaded post hoop earrings
Step 9
Use a cup bur and fine sanding pads to refine and smooth the cut end of the earring post.
Step 10
Add ear nuts to each earring.
Judy Larson's Easy Beaded Post Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Beads, easy beaded post hoop earrings