Jennifer VanBenschoten's Easy Hammered Hoop Earrings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging. Who doesn't love the classic look of a pair of wire hoop earrings? For some of us, the bigger the better! And they are so easy to make using wire and a couple of tools - no need for soldering.
Easy Hammered Hoop Earrings
by Jennifer VanBenschoten
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Forging
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Who doesn't love the classic look of a pair of wire hoop earrings? For some of us, the bigger the better! And they are so easy to make using wire and a couple of tools - no need for soldering. Wire hoop earrings are so versatile, and can be used for so many designs. Hammering the wire adds texture and visual interest to the earrings. With a little bit of practice, you can churn out perfect pairs of these easy wire hoop earrings in no time.

Materials

20 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.49
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18 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-18D
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.85
  • Gold Club Price: $0.64
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Tools

Xuron Double Flush Wire Cutters - 4-3/4 Inches
PLR-469.10
  • PLR-469.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.21
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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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Round Nose Wire Pliers
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Premium Steel Bench Block 2 1/2 X 2 1/2
G17-9
  • G17-9
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.98
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Chasing Hammer with Wooden Handle, 1 1/8 Inch Face
G3-27
  • G3-27
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $13.95
  • Gold Club Price: $10.46
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Stainless Steel Ring Mandrel Sizes 1-15
G7-2
  • G7-2
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
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Instructions
Step 1
You can make these hoops any diameter you want. Just choose a mandrel in the size you want your hoops and wrap the wire around until it overlaps by about ¾”. Trim the wire.
Jennifer VanBenschoten's Easy Hammered Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, wrap the wire around the mandrel
Step 2
Grasp one tip of the wire in your round nose or combination pliers and turn a small loop in the end at a 90 degree angle to the wire.
Jennifer VanBenschoten's Easy Hammered Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, grasp the wire with pliers
Step 3
Grasp one end of the wire in your round nose or combination pliers and turn a small loop in the end at a 90 degree angle to the wire.
Jennifer VanBenschoten's Easy Hammered Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, make a tiny loop
Step 4
Slide the other end of the wire into the loop and trim to within ¼” of the loop. Use your pliers to make a slight upward bend in the wire.
Jennifer VanBenschoten's Easy Hammered Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, bend up the tip of the wire
Step 5
Wire hoop earrings can be done at this point! Or….
Jennifer VanBenschoten's Easy Hammered Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, hook the end into the tiny loop
Jennifer VanBenschoten's Easy Hammered Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, hoops
Step 6
Using your hammer and bench block, hammer out the wire until flat. You can use the rounded side of the hammer to add more texture.
Jennifer VanBenschoten's Easy Hammered Hoop Earrings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Forging, Forging Jewelry, Jewelry Forging, hammer the hoops