Rectangle Hoop Earrings (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg.

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg.

These rectangle hoop earrings add a dashing touch of geometry to your look.

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

They’re wonderfully lightweight and comfortable to wear.

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And they’re very fast and easy to make! :)

Supplies:

  • Two pieces of wire, each 11.8cm long.

    Depending on the size of your ear piercings, you can use 18, 20, or 21 gauge wire – preferably hard or half-hard wire.

    Your wire should be a metal that’s suitable for use in piercings – such as sterling silver, Argentium silver, gold-filled, copper, brass, etc. (I would not recommend using coated craft wire in ear piercings.)

    For more info on choosing wire gauges and metals for pierced ears, please see my Earring Wire Guidelines.

    For the earrings you see on this page, I made one pair in 18 gauge copper wire, and one in 20 gauge brass wire.

  • Ruler for measuring and marking your wire.
  • Sharpie marker (or other all-purpose marker).
  • Wire cutter.
  • Cup bur or jewelry file for smoothing and rounding your wire ends.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • A small piece of #0000 steel wool for additional smoothing of the wire end that will be inserted in your ear piercing.
  • A few drops of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel scrap to remove the Sharpie ink from your wire.
  • Optional (but recommended): Jeweler’s steel block (or other smooth, sturdy surface) and a nylon, plastic, or rawhide hammer for work-hardening the finished earrings.

How to Make
Rectangle Hoop Earrings

The earrings we’re making here will have a finished size of 4cm (1.6″) long from top to bottom.

We’ll start by cutting our two wires. Each wire will be 11.8cm long:

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we need to smooth and round both ends of our wires, so there won’t be anything sharp on the ends:

Smoothing ends of copper wire

Now working with one of your wires at a time, use your ruler and Sharpie marker to measure and mark the 3 places on your wire shown below.

The blue lines across the wire show where to mark your wire:

Marking wire for Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now mark your second wire the same way as your first wire.

When you’re finished, your wires should be marked like this:

Wires marked for Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’re going to work with one wire at a time to turn our wires into earrings.

Start by using the tips of your flat nose pliers to grasp your wire at the Sharpie mark that’s 1.8cm from one end of your wire.

Your pliers should be right beside the Sharpie mark, not on top of it. (This way the mark will wind up in the center of the bend we’re about to make.)

This is how your pliers and wire should be positioned:

rectangle-hoop-earrings-16

Now make a 90-degree bend in your wire, so your wire now has a right angle in it with your Sharpie mark in the center of the angle:

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should now look like this:

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now move your flat nose pliers along to the second Sharpie mark on your wire.

Again, the tips of your pliers should be right beside the mark, not on top of it:

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now make a 90-degree bend here, so we have another right angle with a mark in the center of it:

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should now look like this:

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Note: If you want to string any beads onto the bottom wire of your hoop earrings, now is the time.

Now move your flat nose pliers along to the third Sharpie mark on your wire.

The tips of your pliers should be right beside the mark:

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make a 90-degree bend here, so we have another right angle with a mark in the center of it – and we also have all 4 sides of our hoop:

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now it’s time to make the tiny hook end of our earring clasp.

We now have two wire ends:

A short wire end that will become the earwire that’s worn in your ear piercing; and a long wire end that we’ll turn into a hook to hold the earwire closed.

First we’ll work with the long wire end.

Using the very tips of your round nose pliers, grasp the tip of your long wire end:

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now curve the tip of that wire into a tiny hook that looks like this; see how it fastens around the earwire:

Clasp on Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now let’s work with the short wire end (the earwire).

First, use your #0000 steel wool to completely smooth and “sand” the tip of your earwire so there’s nothing but smooth surfaces to go through your ear piercing.

Now, using the very tips of your chain nose pliers, grasp the tip of your short wire end:

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make a tiny upward bend at the end of this wire:
Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your earring clasp should look like this when it’s closed:

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your plastic, nylon, or rawhide hammer and steel jeweler’s block (or other smooth, sturdy surface) to work-harden your earring.

Be careful not to hammer the tiny hook.

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

When you’re finished hammering both sides, your hoop earring should be nice and sturdy!

Use a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel scrap to wipe off any remaining Sharpie ink from your wire.

Now follow these same steps on your second piece of wire to turn it into a matching earring.
Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

By measuring and marking your wire as we did in this project, you can easily make both earrings precisely the same size, every time!

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

In a comment below, Holly asked, “Is it possible to get a picture of these on?”

So I created a lovely lime green pierced ear from craft foam, so it could model how this earring style is worn; see both front and back views:

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can also string one or more beads onto your wire as you make these earrings – or wire-wrap beads to the hoop frame after the earrings are finished.

Rectangle Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Learn the Basics of
Designing Your Own Wire Jewelry?

Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components Class In my Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components video class, you’ll learn how to get great ideas for wire jewelry designs – and then follow my easy system for turning those ideas into successful pieces of jewelry.

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. Absolutely Stunning, They’d look great wire wrapped or with some dangles as well

  2. Innermostbub says:

    Oh, I love these. I just signed up for your newsletter and it’s fantastic! Thank you for all this great information and wonderful patterns, a million times thank you!

  3. Dolores Stone says:

    Your new cap-like haircut looks really good on you

  4. Lovely! Any change you can publish (or email) a set of instructions with round number measurements? I’m afraid the .8 etc is going to throw off my earrings.

  5. Thanks so much for your lovely feedback! :)

    Hi Karen, thanks for asking about the measurements!

    The reason for the extra few millimeters on two of the wire segments is so we can make the earring clasp (the tiny hook on one wire end, and the bent tip on the other wire end).

    If both long sides were 4cm, and both short sides were 1.5cm, the rectangle would wind up being pulled into a crooked shape when we take up the extra bit of wire ends to make the earring clasp.

    So I added 5mm to allow for the hook, and 3mm to allow for the bent wire tip. And that allows the rectangle to keep four perfectly 90-degree corners.

    I hope this helps! :)

  6. Rena,
    Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous design. Your illustrations and directions are the best I have seen and make me so glad I signed up for the newsletter!

  7. I have always loved squares & rectangles for hoop earrings! Thank you for this amazing tutorial! I can’t wait to make some, I think I may do some wire wrapped & some with dangles too! :)

  8. Is it possible to get a picture of these on?

  9. Thank you so much, Waterbeadle – I appreciate your lovely message.

    Sure, Holly! Thanks for asking – I’ve added a new photo to the tutorial, showing front and back views of a rectangle hoop earring when it’s being worn.

    (It’s the photo that’s second from the bottom of this tute.) :)

  10. This is so clever. I love how simple yet unique they are! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Nici

  11. These are so unique! I wear round hoops everyday and would love a rectangular pair. I’m going to try and make these one day. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  12. love this, they’re so different.

  13. Very modern design! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Love it!!

  15. I love how you give us great step-by-step visual tutorials. I feel I can make these because of it!

  16. These are awesome!!

  17. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. I could add a few more awesomes but that might be overmuch. Thanks, Rena. I can pick out you and your mother’s links no matter what party I’m at. Your friend, Linda

  18. Thanks for sharing such a professional tutorial for how to make these lovely earrings!
    I will absolutely try that!
    :)

  19. These are really cute Rena.

  20. What a neat earring and I bet beads would look really good. What a modern twist to the classic hoop. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Fun earrings and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  22. What a delightful design. So unique and so light weight. So difficult for me! I generally work with 12 and 14 gauge wire so 20 gauge is too tiny!

    Thanks for sharing a great tutorial.

  23. Cute!

  24. I am so in love with these rectangular hoops. If I’d had them today, they’d have gone perfectly with my outfit. I’m going to talk my jewelry-making friend into making me several pairs. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  25. Hi, Rena! I’m going to give these hoops a try today…thanks for your always clear, concise tutorial. Love the modern shape of these and all the possibilities for adornment.

  26. Thank you for all the kind words!

    Lynda, lovely to hear you’re going to make a pair of these!

  27. Rena, I just want to say “THANK YOU” for doing a great job on showing us how to do these projects. I love the way you take the close ups and your step by step instructions. I pretty much teach myself how to do things so I need the pictures to refer back to. I love getting your newsletters!! Thank you for sharing your talent.

  28. Colleen, I so appreciate hearing that! :) Thank you. I try to make every project do-able for everyone, with no mysterious “how did she do that” steps. :)

  29. Your instructions are by far the clearest.I am able to make the earrings in my first try.Thank you

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