Square Hoop Earring Jackets (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

We’re going to make easy earring jackets to transform a pair of post (stud) earrings.

Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This is a neat way to expand your earring wardrobe, or to create different jewelry looks when you’re traveling.

Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

How to Wear Earring Jackets:

How to Wear Earring Jackets - Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Choose a pair of post earrings, and remove the earring clutches from them.

Then thread an earring jacket onto each earring post.

Insert the earring post into your ear piercing, and attach the earring clutch to the end of the post as you normally would:

Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • A pair of stud (post) earrings.
  • 18-gauge wire, soft round – 2 pieces, each 10cm (3.94″) long.
    I used copper-colored Artistic wire.
  • Sharpie marker – for marking your wires.
  • Ruler – for measuring and marking your wires.
  • Wire cutter.
  • Cup bur, jewelry file, or knife-sharpening stone – for smoothing and rounding your wire ends.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.

How to Make
Square Hoop Earring Jackets:

Cut two pieces of wire, each each 10cm (3.94″) long.

If your wires are still curved from being on the roll, pull each wire through your fingers to form it into a straight line:

Wires cut for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next we’ll smooth and round both ends of each wire – using a cup bur, wire rounder, jewelry file, or knife sharpening stone:

Smoothing ends of copper wire - Rena Klingenberg

Now we’re going to mark the wires so we’ll know exactly where to make each bend for the square hoops.

Lay one of your wires against a ruler, and use your Sharpie to make these three marks on your wire (the blue lines represent where you’ll make your marks).

Then mark your remaining piece of wire the same way:

Marking wires for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wires should look like this:

Marking wires for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll make one square hoop earring jacket at a time.

Pick up one of your wires, and use your flat nose pliers to grip the wire right beside the first Sharpie mark:

Bending wire for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now bend the wire at a 90-degree angle; the wire mark should be on the center of the bend you just made:

Bending wire for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:

Bent wire for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now move your flat nose pliers to grip the wire right beside the middle Sharpie mark:

Bending wire for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now bend the wire at a 90-degree angle; the wire mark should be on the center of the bend you just made:

Bending wire for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:

Bending wire for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now move your flat nose pliers to grip the wire right beside the remaining Sharpie mark:

Bending wire for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now bend the wire at a 90-degree angle; the wire mark should be on the center of the bend you just made.

Your wire should look like this:

Bending wire for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll make a small loop in each end of your wire.

We’ll want the loops to be the same size, so use a Sharpie marker to draw a line on the jaws of your round nose pliers, fairly close to the tips:

Marking pliers for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your round nose pliers to grasp one of the wire ends on your square hoop; the wire should be resting on the Sharpie line you drew on the pliers:

Bending wire for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now turn your pliers to roll the wire end into a loop:

Making wire loops for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:

Making wire loops for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next we’ll make a similar loop on the remaining end of your wire.

Grasp the wire tip with your round nose pliers:

Making wire loops for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . . and roll the wire end into a loop. The two loop ends should be stacked one on top of the other:

Finished Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your first square hoop earring jacket is finished!

Now make the second jacket with your remaining wire piece:

Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a scrap of paper towel to remove the Sharpie marks from your pliers and wires:

Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now get out a pair of post earrings:

Post earrings for Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and put your earring jackets on them.

Then enjoy the compliments you receive! 🙂

Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Square Hoop Earring Jackets - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. So clever!! Im going to try it.

  2. Great tutorial! I am seeing a future pendant with this tutorial! Thanks

  3. Sophia says:

    I love this idea! I can see polymer clay filling in the wire, coordinating with the stud….So many possibiliities!

    Sophia in S.FL.

  4. Thank you for all the lovely feedback on this project! And Sophia, great idea for adding the polymer clay! 🙂

  5. Sue Shade says:

    This is a great tutorial, thanks!

  6. Nice tutorial. I will hammer my version. Where do I find studs, or should I just make my own? Also would you advise gluing the wire to the stud?

  7. Great tutorial, where did you get your display ear? I really could use one for photos.

  8. David, great idea – hammering would be a nice effect on these earring jackets. Stud earrings are available from many jewelry suppliers, or you could make your own in a variety of designs. I would not glue the earring jacket to the stud. Because one of the coolest things about earring jackets is that you can wear the same pair of them with a variety of different studs – and also that you can choose to wear the stud earrings just plain, or dress them up with earring jackets. I’d love to see what you make from this tutorial, and how you style them! 🙂

  9. Thanks for asking, Jennifer! Mine are from Etsy seller BodyDoubleArts.

  10. omar meyer says:

    Excelente idea, este Tutorial es el principio de muchas otras ideas y de lo que Yo llamo Joyería Geométrica, son muchas las situaciones que se pueden sacar de este Tutorial que aún cuando algunos lo llamaran sencillo, es una Obra de calidad, sobre todo en cuanto a el diseño y las medidas, cosa muy importante a la hora de crear en este Campo de la Joyería como lo es el Alambrismo. Gracias.

  11. Muchas gracias, Omar! 🙂

  12. Those are so cute, and easy too! Thank you!

  13. Fantastic Rena. Love your easy instructions and cool ideas.

  14. Love this Rena! I also like the jacket on the back, behind the ear.

  15. Dianne, thanks so much for your lovely feedback! 🙂

  16. Beautiful and different!

  17. Thank you, Tasha! 🙂

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