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How to make hoop earrings - DIY Tutorial

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How to make hoop earrings - DIY Tutorial

Designed by: Marta Draganek

Difficulty: Beginner

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Today Marta Draganek-Zając will show you how to make hoop earrings with colourful TOHO beads and a round base. The earrings are perfect for summer and their preparation will not take more than 30 minutes. 

It's getting warmer outside the window, so it's worth thinking about the additions that will accompany us these coming seasons. With summer and holidays, I associate delicate, airy Boho style jewellery. Let's get started!

Materials;

  • Jewellery Connector - circular with a diameter of 23mm - 2 pcs. These will serve as the base for earrings. You can replace them with other Circular Connectors or Geometric Bases.
  • Earwires - hooks with a ball and coil, made of stainless steel. Stainless steel does not discolour or tarnish. So if you want your jewellery to remain beautiful for a long time, it is worth choosing elements made of this metal.
  • TOHO Beads - size 11/0 in two or three shades. I have prepared these earrings in two different colours - intense green and yellow shades / pastel pink and turquoise.
  • Jewellery Thread - I used clear monofilament - 0.2 mm but you can use other threads. 
  • Jewellery Needle - you must be able to pull it through the bead several times.
  • Jewellery Tools - scissors, round and flat nose pliers will certainly be useful.

Please note that the colours for the products illustrated in the image above may not match the 'Products List'. 

Designed by Magda Draganek 

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1st Row

The base of the earrings will be a metal connector in the shape of a circle. The connector will be braided with Toho beads using a brick stitch.
We thread a Toho bead on a piece of monofilament thread. We put it so that it is about 5-8 cm from the end of the thread. With our left hand we hold the end of the thread with the bead, with our right hand we put the thread in front of the connector, then pass the needle through its centre and again through the Toho bead from the bottom.

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The line will be entwined with a metal connector, while the bead will sit on its top. Both ends of the thread should protrude from the top of the bead.

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Take another Toho bead on the needle.

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We put the needle from the back through the centre of the connector, then we thread it again from the bottom of the bead.

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We add the next beads in the same way. There are 18 of them in the first row in my earrings.

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2nd Row

In the second row, above each pair of green Toho beads, create a bow of beads in a contrasting shade.
Take 2 yellow Toho beads with a needle.

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We thread the needle through the adjacent bead from the first row, this time from the top.

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When the thread is tight, the yellow beads will form a slight arch over the green beads.

We push the needle through the neighbouring green bead, this time from the bottom. Take 2 yellow Toho beads and put the needle through the adjacent green bead - from above.

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Repeat the same pattern until the end of row II.

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3rd Row 

In the third row, add green beads on top of the yellow arches.

We thread the needle through the first beads of the 1st and 2nd rows to be in the centre of the first yellow arch.

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We select one green bead and put the needle through the adjacent yellow and green bead.

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We pull the needle from the bottom of the adjacent beads of green and yellow colours. At the top of the bow we add a green Toho bead. In the same way, we add beads on the remaining bows.

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We hide the ends of the monofilament thread inside the beads. There should be enough to pass the needle through all the beads of the weave again. Cut off the excess thread.

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This is what the beaded connector looks like.

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The only thing left to do is attach the earwires. The easiest way to open the hook is with round nose pliers and tighten it again with flat-nosed pliers.

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One earring ready! You will need another one to pair!

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I also prepared a second colour version in turquoise, pink and white.

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In a similar way, you can braid other mother-of-pearl or natural stone pieces to create a variety of earrings or pendants. The key is the unusual use of beading.

The earrings below are made of rectangular mother of pearl. Instead of monofilament thread, I used brown waxed One-G threads.


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