Tuesday, June 12, 2012

How to Make Easy Peasy Fun Hoop Style Earrings

I came across these beading hoops that are easy to add beads to and you just close them up and add your favorite ear wires.

I would like to share with you how to make several hoop designs that I created to get you started for inspiration.  They are the same designs I demoed at The Sewing Basket in Salmon Arm last month.

I like to use our rondelle spacer beads for the center piece of the hoops but you can use any other bead you prefer.  The rondelle spacer beads are available in a wide range of colors in both our Etsy shop and ArtFire studio.  Of course if you are a clayer, you can always make your own and our tutorial is available in both shops as well.


Basic Instructions:  (Click on the photos for a larger view)
  • Open the one end of the beading hoops.
  • Slide your beads on in the order given in any of the design patterns below.
  • Close up the hoop and pinch closed with chain nose pliers.
  • Attach your ear wires to the top loop and your earrings are ready to wear.
Note:  All the ear wires shown here are handcrafted by us from Argentium Sterling or 14 karat gold and are easily interchangeable.   This way you only need one pair of ear wires for many pairs of earrings.  We now have them available in our Etsy shop as well as ArtFire Studio and will include some beading hoops as a bonus with your purchase.

"Royal" Design:

      Supplies Needed:
  • 1 pair beading hoops (30 mm)
  • 4 metal beads (4 mm)
  • 4 glass or crystal beads (6mm)
  • 4 metal bead caps (flatter type is best)
  • 2 rondelle clay beads (10-12 mm)  I used the purple passion in the  metallic pearl shown here and are available in our Etsy shop as well as our ArtFire studio.
  • 1 pair ear wires
Follow the instructions above threading your beads onto each hoop in the following order.
  1. small metal bead
  2. glass or crystal bead
  3. bead cap
  4. rondelle clay bead
  5. bead cap
  6. glass or crystal bead
  7. small metal bead

"Victorian" Design

      Supplies Needed:
  • 1 pair hoops (40 mm)
  • 4 metal beads  (4 mm)
  • 4 metal beads  (6 mm)
  • 4 glass or crystal beads (6 mm)
  • 4 metal bead caps (flatter type is best)
  • 2 rondelle clay beads (10-12 mm) (the ones used here are in the denim blue available in our Etsy shop or ArtFire Studio)
  • approx. 10" (25.5 cm) small tassel chain cut into 2 pieces that are 2" (50 mm) long and 2 pieces that are 3" (75 mm) long
  • 1 pair ear wires
Follow the instructions above threading your beads onto each hoop in the following order.
  1. 4 mm metal bead
  2. one end of the 3" (75 mm) chain piece
  3. glass or crystal bead
  4. one end of the 2" (50 mm) chain piece
  5. 6 mm metal bead
  6. bead cap
  7. rondelle clay bead
  8. bead cap
  9. 6 mm metal bead
  10. other end of the 2" (50 mm) chain piece
  11. glass or crystal bead
  12. other end of the 3" (75 mm) chain piece
  13. 4 mm metal bead

"Chandelier" Design

      Supplies Needed:
  • 1 pair beading hoops (30 mm)
  • 8 metal beads (4 mm)
  • 4 crystal beads (6 mm)
  • 4 bead caps
  • 2 rondelle clay beads (10-12 mm) in metallic pearl  (These are the olive green color shown here and are available in our Etsy shop or ArtFire Studio.)
  • approx 10" (25.5 cm) small tassel chain cut into 8 pieces that are 3/4" (20 mm) long and 2 pieces that are 2" (50 mm) long
  • 1 pair ear wires
Follow the instructions above threading your beads onto each hoop in the following order.
  1. metal bead
  2. one end of a 3/4" (20 mm) chain piece
  3. crystal bead
  4. one end of a 3/4" (20 mm) chain piece
  5. metal bead
  6. one end of a 2" (50 mm) chain piece
  7. bead cap
  8. rondelle clay bead
  9. bead cap
  10. other end of the 2" (50 mm) chain piece
  11. metal bead
  12. one end of a 3/4" (20 mm) chain piece
  13. crystal bead
  14. one end of a 3/4" (20 mm) chain piece
  15. metal bead

"Cinderella" Design

Supplies Needed:
  • 1 pair beading hoops (40 mm)
  • 4 metal beads (4 mm)
  • 32 (approx.) cat's eye or other glass beads (4 mm)
  • 4 cat's eye or other glass beads (6 mm)
  • 4 metal bead caps
  • 28 (approx.) tiny metal daisy spacers
  • 2 rondelle clay beads (10-12 mm)
  • 1 pair ear wires
Follow the instructions above threading your beads onto each hoop in the following order.  With this design you may need to adjust the amount of glass beads and daisy spacers to fit.
  1. 4 mm glass bead
  2. daisy spacer  --- repeat until you have threaded 8 glass beads and 7 daisy spacers in between each glass bead
  3. 4 mm metal bead
  4. 6 mm glass bead
  5. bead cap
  6. rondelle clay bead
  7. bead cap
  8. 6 mm glass bead
  9. 4 mm metal bead
  10. 4 mm glass bead
  11. daisy spacer -- alternate with the 4 mm glass beads until you have threaded 8 glass beads and 7 daisy spacers in between each glass bead 

So there are four designs to get you started to creating some fun new hoop earrings.

Note:  The link for the beading hoops is for an example only.  I was not paid by anyone for promotion.  The ear wires and clay beads shown are hand crafted by us.