Loops & Hoops Earrings (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These fun hoop earrings are super dangly and swingy! 🙂

Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Part of the fun is choosing which jewelry link shapes to combine together.

Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This is a fast and easy project that yields great results. It would be ideal for a jewelry party or a beginning jewelry workshop.

Supplies:

  • Jewelry connectors / jewelry links in a variety of shapes and sizes.
    I purchased all of mine from various Etsy.com vendors, but other jewelry suppliers carry them too.
    You can do a search on Etsy.com or just on the internet for phrases like:
    “square jewelry connector”
    “circle link pendant”
    “jewelry teardrop links”.
    If you can’t find them anywhere, consider making your own out of wire.
  • A pair of earwires.
  • 2 small jump rings (I used 5mm size).
  • 2 medium jump rings (I used 9mm size).
  • Flat nose and chain nose pliers – for opening and closing jump rings.

How to Make
Loops & Hoops Earrings

I started by getting out my supplies . . .

a collection of jewelry connectors in a variety of geometric shapes and sizes:

Jewelry connectors for Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

a pair of earwires:

Earwires for Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

and jump rings – two 9mm, and two 5mm:

Jump rings for Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then I chose three jewelry connector shapes to play with:

Choosing jewelry connectors for an earring design - Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and arranged them together to see how they’d look as an earring:

Playing with design for Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

When you’re happy with the jewelry connectors you want to use together, pick up one of your larger jump rings with your chain nose pliers:

Putting the pieces together for Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then use your flat nose pliers to grasp the other side of your jump ring.

Now twist your jump ring open by twisting one of the pliers away from you, while twisting the other pliers toward you:

Opening jump ring for Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now put down your flat nose pliers, and hold the opened jump ring with your chain nose pliers:

Putting together the components for Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Start stacking your selected jewelry connectors onto your jump ring.

I started with my big square connector:

Adding square connector to Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then added my large teardrop connector:

Adding teardrop connector to Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And finally added my small diamond-shaped connector:

Adding diamond-shaped connector to Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

When you’ve got all your connectors on your jump ring, use your chain nose and flat nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut again:

Twisting jump ring shut for Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Open one of your smaller jump rings and string it onto the larger jump ring you just twisted shut; then string your earwire onto the smaller jump ring, and twist it shut again:

Attaching earwire and jump ring to Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your first earring is finished.

Now make the second earring the same way.

Your pair of earrings may look like something like this:

Finished Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Here’s another pair of earrings I put together – they’re a bit smaller than the first pair.

I chose these jewelry connector shapes – a medium size circle, a medium size oval, and a small oval:

Components for Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and my finished earrings from these pieces turned out like this:

Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This style of earrings makes a great gift – and they’re so quick to make that you can even make them at the last minute!

Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Learn How to Design
Your Own Wire Jewelry?

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By the end of this online video class, you’ll be designing and making your own artistic earwires, clasps, connectors, and pendant bails.

You’ll also learn my tips for making wire jewelry more easily, with more professional looking results.

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you Rena! This EXACTLY what I was looking for this morning. I made a copper and gold pendant necklace that a customer liked, but she wanted earrings as well with hoops/loops. I formed teardrops in 18g copper around polymer clay teardrop cutter, hammered them and added jump rings to attach diamond shaped gold connectors, all on goldplated ear wires…
    Voila!

  2. Maxine, I’m so glad this idea worked out for your earring project! Thanks for letting me know! 🙂

  3. Donna J says:

    These are so cute, Rena! You could even put a very small dangle on the innermost hoop/loop! Pardon my ignorance, I am fairly new to jewelry making, but what are jewelry connectors? Do they go by any other name, so that if I wanted to make these, I know what to look for?

  4. Love the design but darn you, I got stuck on Etsy looking for materials for over an hour! 🙂

  5. LOL, Bev! I can spend hours there looking at materials too! 🙂

  6. Great idea! Also like the quickness of it to do as a project with a group!

  7. Rena, you have such a talent for making “simple” things look amazing. Your design talent, though, is what makes it “simple!” Taking it to the least common denominator without “dumbing it down.” Then you have the generosity to share it in a way that makes it easy enough for anyone to follow yet opens up the creativity of those who are experienced enough to take it to another level. I can see mixing and matching metals with these, too, as you have done on previous projects. I may have said this before, but I’m going to say it again: You rock!

  8. DebE, thank you so much for your lovely comment on my designs. Your kind words mean a lot to me, and I love hearing that my work inspires other artists like you! 🙂

  9. I love how the variety of shapes makes simple hoops so much more! Thanks for sharing this design, Rena!

  10. These look awesome! Your design aesthetic is wonderful!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Thank you so much, ladies! 🙂

  12. I love these! I now have another “jumping off place” to work from. I’m finding that I love torch work, so making fun shapes to combine in earrings will be really fun! My brain is spinning with ideas now. better get out my sketch jewelry journal!

  13. Karen, thank you for your lovely comment. I’d love to see how your torchwork shapes – and the jewelry you make with them – turn out! 🙂

  14. So fun and I love all the layering of shapes!

  15. Louise Ganus says:

    I would like to make my own connectors for the Loops and Hoops earrings. Can you tell me what the measurements are for the individual connectors? How many inches for the square connectors, etc . By the way , I am still reaping the benefits from taking your web course, “Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components”. Thanks again.
    Louise Ganus

  16. Hi Louise, thanks so much for asking – and thank you especially for letting me know how valuable my “Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components” wire class has been for you! That makes my day! 🙂

    Here are the sizes of the connector shapes I used.
    I’m referring to the 4th photo from the top of this tutorial, where you can see a lineup of all the shapes I used:

    Top row, left to right:
    Narrow Ovals = 7mm x 25mm
    Diamonds = 14mm x 28mm
    Wider Ovals = 15mm x 20mm

    Middle Row, left to right:
    Circles = 25mm
    Squares = 30mm x 30mm

    Bottom Row, left to right:
    Tiny Ovals = 8mm x 17mm
    Teardrops = 29mm x 36mm

    I hope this helps, and I would LOVE to see how your project turns out with the wire shapes you make! 🙂

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