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Huggy Hoop Earrings - Jewellery Making Tutorial

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Huggy Hoop Earrings - Jewellery Making Tutorial

Designed by: Julie Dudley

Difficulty: Beginner

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Beads Direct designer Julie, has used 2 hole beads to create an assortment of gorgeous earrings. In this project we follow Julie using CzechMates™ Triangles. The type of 2 hole beads you use, will change the look of the design dramatically, but whatever you choose to use, the process is the same. Ready? Let's Get Creative!

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Tools:

  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat or chain nose pliers
  • Mandrel or object to wrap around to create hoop, such as a marker pen
  • Tape measure
  • needle file or nail file

We believe that jewellery should be as individual as you are and so our tutorials are for inspiration and learning purposes. They include links to the relevant categories for you to choose your own colour combinations and we positively encourage you to experiment with different shapes, sizes, finishes, composition and texture. Why not choose your own colours to achieve something in your own style? Let your creative imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery.

Designed by Julie Dudley - November 2021

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Cut two 14cm lengths of your gold coloured copper wire with your wire cutters.

Warm each piece gently between your thumb and forefinger, to make the wire more pliable and straighten it out a bit.

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Measure 6cm along your wires and make a sharp 90 degree bend in them both

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Place one of the Czechmates triangle beads

down on your work area and place the gold wire above, with the first hole in the bead in line with the bend.

You need to make your next 90 degree bend upright so it is in line with the second drill hole and the wires are parallel.

Repeat with the second wire.

The wires need to be a mirror image of each other, so you have identical matching earrings. So place them down with one piece with the shorter wire to your left hand side and one piece with the shorter length to your right hand side. This is the way you will keep working with them.

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Pick up your first section of wire with the shorter wire sitting to the left, and the reel of 0.5mm bright violet coloured copper wire.

In this design we can work from the reel, so there is no need to measure and less wastage or off cuts.

Hold the end of the violet wire under the bottom of your frame with a small amount overhanging past the shorter gold wire.

*Bring the violet wire in-between the two gold wires, and around the back of the first shorter gold wire.

Repeat this until you have wrapped around the first gold wire four times, (making sure you push each wrap together neatly with your finger) and the violet wire reel is hanging to the back.

Push the four wires together gently with your fingers, and make sure that they are sitting neatly at the bottom.


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Bring the violet wire in-between the two gold wires and take it over the second gold wire, and around the back.

Repeat this until you have four wraps around the second wire and the reel of violet is hanging at the back.

Neaten the four wires by pushing together with your fingers.

Also make sure both woven sections are sat right down at the bottom of the frame.

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Add your first Czechmates triangle bead, (these beads have a different effect on either side, so choose which side you want to face upwards and put all other beads on in the same direction). Feed the gold wire ends one through each hole, and making sure that the point without a hole is pointing directly towards you. The first one may need a bit of force to feed right down to the bottom to meet the violet weaves.

Also make sure after adding the bead that the gold wires are still parallel with an even gap.

Now you need to bring the hanging wire into the middle of the two wires and repeat steps from  *five, six and seven until you have added 9 Czechmates triangles to the frame.

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Finish by coming back up through the middle of the gold wires and wrap four times around the first wire, then come back up into the middle and wrap four times around the second wire, as in steps five and six.

Finish by cutting the violet wire at the back of the second wire with your wire cutters and squeeze down with your flat nose pliers so there are no sharp pieces.

Also go to the very start wire and cut that at the back too and squeeze down in the same way.

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Now we need to complete the second piece, but in reverse, so it is a mirror image.

So take the gold wire section, with the short wire to your right hand side this time, and the long to the left.

Take the reel of violet wire, and hold the wire underneath the gold wires at the bottom with a bit at the end sticking past the short wire.

Bring the reel end of the violet wire into the middle of the gold wires.

Take it around the back of the shorter wire and back into the middle.

Do this until you have wrapped four times around the shorter wire.

Bring the wire back into the middle and wrap four times around the second wire, pushing each wrap together neatly with your finger after each wrap. Finish with the wire reel hanging at the back.

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Add your Czechmates bead, making sure that it is facing the same way as you added it in the first piece.

Bring the wire into the middle and wrap four times around the shorter wire as before.

Bring the wire back into the middle, and wrap four times around the second wire as before. Leave the wire hanging and add your next bead.

Keep weaving four times around each gold wire and adding beads, until you have 9 beads on the wire. Finish by wrapping four times around each gold wire.

Cut the top and bottom wires as before, and squeeze down so there is nothing sharp.

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Make a sharp 90 degree bend inwards, on each of your longer gold wires, so they sit behind the shorter wires, with your flat nose pliers.

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Make a sharp 90 degree bend outwards with each of the shorter wires, with your flat nose pliers.


Where the longer wire crosses over the weaving, find the central point a couple of millimetres in, and make a sharp 90 degree bend back upwards in the longer wire with your flat nose pliers.

Repeat with second piece.

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Pick up one of your pieces and hold onto the very top of your violet woven section with your flat nose pliers.

With your finger, start to push the second shorter wire around the back of the longer wire.

Then take over with your flat nose pliers and slowly bend the wire, bit by bit around the longer wire. Keep bending until there are two wraps at the front, and finish at the back.

Cut the shorter wire you have just wrapped with, at the back with your wire cutters if necessary and press down with your flat nose pliers, so there is nothing sharp.

Repeat this with the second piece, taking the wire around in the opposite way to last time. In the direction the shorter wire is pointing.

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Take your mandrel or whatever you are using to create your hoop ( I have the top of a nail varnish bottle) and push your piece of work firmly around, making sure you press the very bottom piece of your weaving too, so it doesn't stick out.

Do this until you have created your hoop with a gap.

Repeat this for the second piece and hold them together to make sure that they look the same.

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Cut the gold wire which is going to go through your ear piercing to about 1cm up from the wrap with your wire cutters.

Repeat for the second hoop.


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Take your wire cutters. You are not going to cut through the wire, but you need to make a slight indent all the way around part of the wire a few millimeters from the end of each ear wire.

So hold your cutters gently just a few millimeters down from the end of the wire and move the hoop around in a circle with your fingers.

Repeat for second hoop.

This is so the Earrings backs don't just fall off the end.

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File the very ends of both pieces with your needle nose file, or nail file.

This is to get rid of any sharp bits, as it has to go through your ear.

If the Earrings backs don't slide on because they are too tight or too loose.
Adjust the earring back with your finger or pliers. Move the loops apart very slightly. Push onto the earrings and gently squeeze the loops with your pliers.

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You now have your finished earrings.

Why not try using different double drilled beads. As long as they fit onto 0.8mm wire. I have found candy beads and preciosa pyramids also work well.

You can change the length of gold wire to make bigger hoops, or change the colour of the weaving wire for a different look.

I have even made a pair,  but not moulded them into hoops. I have left them long and created a shepherd's hook at the top instead.

There really are so many possibilities.

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