Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. Β© 2003-Present Rena Klingenberg. All Rights Reserved

Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These teardrop hoop earrings are a long, graceful shape created from a single piece of wire.

Here’s how the earring looks when it’s being worn:

Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And a closer look when it’s being worn:

Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I like the long lovely line of the earwire on the back of these earrings – but if you prefer a shorter earwire, you can easily cut it to your preferred length.

Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can wear these earrings as plain hoops, or you can add beads or dangles to the bottom of the teardrops.

Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of 20 gauge round half-hard wire – each 16cm (6.3″) long.
    I’m using copper wire.
    If you’re not sure what types of wire you can use, see my Earring Wire Guidelines.
  • Ruler – for measuring and marking your wire.
  • Sharpie marker – for marking your wire, and to use as a mandrel.
  • Wire cutter.
  • Cup bur / wire rounder – to smooth and round your wire ends.
  • Small piece of #0000 steel wool – for final smoothing of the earwire tip of your earrings.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.

How to Make
Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings

Start by cutting two pieces of wire, each 16cm (6.3″) long:

Cutting wires for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll straighten the wire, using your nylon jawed pliers (or your fingers) to straighten each wire.

Hold one end of the wire firmly with your flat nose pliers, and pull the entire length of wire through the nylon jawed pliers (or your fingers), pulling the wire straight and tight as you do so:

Straightening wires for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next we’ll use a cup bur / wire rounder to smooth and round the ends of your wire:

Using wire rounder to smooth wire ends for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll make two marks on each of your wires.

Use a ruler and your Sharpie marker to make a mark 6cm (2.36″) from each end of each wire.

The blue marks below show where to mark your wires:

Marking wire for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now each of your wires should look like this:

Marking wire for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

We’ll make one earring at a time.

We’ll start by using your Sharpie marker as a mandrel to shape your wire.

Pick up one of your wires and lay it across your Sharpie pen, with one of your Sharpie marks centered across the pen:

Bending the wire for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Keeping the mark centered across the pen, place your thumb on top of the marked place on your wire:

Bending the wire for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Smoothly bend the wire ends straight downward:

Bending the wire for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now you have a short wire end and a long wire end.

Keep pressing the two wire ends toward each other, until the short wire end crosses the Sharpie mark on the long wire end:

Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:

Shaping wire for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll bend the long wire end so that it’s pointing straight up from the top of the teardrop.

So use the tips of your flat nose pliers to grasp the long wire end, just above the Sharpie mark:
Shaping wire for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now bend the long wire end, so that instead of leaning over to one side, it points straight up from the top of the teardrop:

Shaping wire for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll bend the short wire end, so we can wrap it around the longer wire end.

So use the tips of your flat nose pliers to grasp the short wire end, just above where it crosses over the Sharpie mark on the long wire end:

Wire wrapping for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Bend the short wire end at an angle like this:

Wire wrapping for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:

Wire wrapping for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

If you want to add any beads or dangles to the bottom of the teardrop hoop, now is the time to add them! πŸ™‚

Next we’ll wrap the short wire end around the long wire end, just above the top of the teardrop.

Use your flat nose pliers to grasp the top of the teardrop:

Wire wrapping for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and use your chain nose pliers to grasp the end of the short wire end:

Wire wrapping for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wrap the short wire end around the long wire end – starting just above the teardrop, and wrapping toward the end of the long wire end.

To get uniformly tight wire wraps, keep the short wire pulled taut and wind it firmly around the long wire:

Wire wrapping for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

When you’ve made about 3 wire wraps at the top of the teardrop, it’s time to snip off the short wire end.

Use the flat side of your cutter against the wire wraps, and trim off the little wire tail as close as possible to the wraps:

Wire wrapping for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use a jewelry file or emery board to smooth off any roughness or sharpness on the cut-off wire end.

Then use the tips of your chain nose pliers to squash down the wire end where you just trimmed and smoothed it:

Wire wrapping for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:

Wire wrapping for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll shape the earwire part of the earring.

Use the widest part of your round nose pliers to grasp the long wire, just above the wire-wraps you just made; the teardrop should be facing up, as though it’s looking at the ceiling:

Shaping the earwire for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Bend the long wire straight downward, around one jaw of your pliers:

Shaping the earwire for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should look like this:

Shaping the earwire for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next we’ll make a tiny bend at the tip of the earwire.

This bend makes the earwire easier to insert into the ear piercing.

Use the tips of your flat nose pliers to grasp the tip of your wire.

Bend the wire at a slight angle, away from the teardrop:

Shaping the earwire for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now the shaping of your earring is finished. It may look something like this:

Finished Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now make the second earring, the same way you made the first one.

Use a small piece of #0000 steel wool for final smoothing of the earwire tips of your earrings.

Wipe away the Sharpie ink marks left on your earrings, using a small amount of rubbing alcohol / isopropyl alcohol on a scrap of paper towel.

Your finished pair of Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings may look something like this:

Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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  • Lynn says:

    Brilliant! What a great idea! Thank you, Rena!

  • Thank you, Lynn! πŸ™‚

  • Linda Sheehan says:

    Love this. Thanks for sharing

  • Thanks so much, Linda! πŸ™‚

  • This is very helpful. Thank you so much!

  • David says:

    I hammered my loops.

  • Louise says:

    Beautiful simplicity with very little weight!
    As usual- thanks for sharing.

  • David, great idea – I bet they look spectacular that way! πŸ™‚

  • Jann Olson says:

    Really nice! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  • I love these earrings and I also love the fact that these earrings could be made at the last minute for any occasion. Thanks Rena

  • Donna, thanks for your lovely comment! πŸ™‚

  • Barbara Smith says:

    Love the simplicity. I imagine a few beads could be added at the bottom.

  • Thanks, Barbara! You’re right, you can add beads to the teardrop just before you do the wire-wraps. I’d love to see how yours turns out! πŸ™‚

  • Carly says:

    These, are EXACTLY the kind of thing I would wear… (and I was so going to say that I would add a bead at the bottom too LOL.)

  • Victory Lee Malon says:

    What a beautiful and simple pair of earrings. Well done and such a good teacher you are… Victory Lee

  • Gorgeous. Pinned. Best wishes for Fall.

  • Pat Sorlien says:

    Love this idea,easy and no connections , no limitations on embellishments!!

  • Carolyn says:

    Just found your website and I love your tutorials! I am just a getting into making earrings from wire and was wondering if it is safe to be exposed to the metal dust from using the cup burr to file the ends smooth (I’m working mostly with copper right now). I have started to get a lot of orders for wire earrings and so I wanted to make sure I am taking appropriate precautions if I need to.

    Any thoughts you have on this would be appreciated!

  • Welcome, Carolyn! Thank you for your lovely comment!

    And thanks for asking about metal dust. Breathing or being exposed to any metal dust – even in small amounts – is something to avoid. Even fine metal dust particles can be a health hazard. Be sure to use goggles, breathing protection, and proper ventilation, especially since you’ll be doing a lot of cup bur work.

  • Cherease Andrews says:

    These are so pretty! I am going to attempt them over the weekend. Thanks for sharing so many valuable tips.

  • Margi Smith says:

    like these a lot
    Margi

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  • Gari says:

    Love it! Thank you very muchπŸ‘ Now I need to get a cup bur?

  • Katie Murphy says:

    Perfectly and simplisticly beautiful! I learn something new every time I open your posts. Thank you for not letting my “thinking cap” get stagnant.

  • Katie, thank you for your lovely comment! I think you’ll enjoy making these – I’ve found they’re light weight and comfortable.

  • Hi, Gari, it’s best to use a cup bur. But if you don’t have one, you could probably just use a piece of steel wool to smooth the wire end that will go through the ear piercing.

  • Dianne says:

    Thanks Rena! These would make a great thank-you gift to add to a customer’s order.

  • Great idea, Dianne!

  • Monica says:

    This reminds me that minimalism, simplicity is often the best look. I love these! Inspired once again, Rena-thank you!

  • LOVE these! I was thinking of adding a loop in the middle at the top for a dangle before wrapping it to close. I would also hammer the wire and antique it. 😊

  • Monica, thank you for your lovely comment!

  • Jennifer, great ideas! My tutorials can be springboards for your own inspirations. πŸ™‚

  • Ann says:

    Love these!

  • Jean Foggo Simon says:

    Rena – Your instructions are a joy to follow. Such precise details. Thank you for your help.

  • Jean, thank you for your lovely feedback. You made my day! πŸ™‚

  • You always have great tutorials, thanks so much for sharing! I love that ear model you are using. It’s a great model for scale!

  • Thank you, Jennifer! I appreciate your comment. πŸ™‚

  • Lamplight Jewelry by Judy Carpenter says:

    Rena, You always have such great ideas and help me become more creative. Thank you, Judy

  • Lamplight Judy, thank you so much for your lovely feedback!

  • Laura says:

    I have 5 sisters they are all asking for a dozen pair for Christmas Thank You for putting me so far ahead on my Christmas List

  • Laura, I love getting ahead on my gift list – by having fun making jewelry!

  • Deborah says:

    Thank you so much for your brilliant instructions. The instructions are so clear and just what a beginner like me needs. Please can you tell me how I access your other videos. Iv got all the kit and you have now given me the confidence to make a start on my jewellery business. I simply can’t thank you enough. X

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