Zen Spiral Hoop Earrings Tutorial

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

Zen Spiral Hoop Earrings Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Zen spiral hoop earrings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Zen spiral hoop earrings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This easy wire hoop earrings tutorial adds a graceful inner spiral that brings extra style and interest to the design.

These earrings are super light-weight and comfortable to wear.

They’re also quick to make – and if you’re making them to sell, you can whip up several of them in a short period of time.


Two 6″ (15.24 cm) pieces of 18-gauge round soft wire (I used copper).


Round nose pliers.

Flat-nose or chain-nose pliers.

Ring mandrel, pill bottle, dowel, PVC pipe section, or other cylindrical item that’s about 1″ (2.54 cm) in diameter.

Two jump rings.

Two earwires.

OPTIONAL: Nylon or rawhide hammer and jewelry steel block for flattening and hammering-hardening your finished earrings.

How to Make the
Zen Spiral Hoop Earrings:

(1) Cut two 6″ (15.24 cm) pieces of 18-gauge round soft wire:

Zen spiral hoop earrings tutorial - wires for earrings

(2) Wrap each wire around the fat end of your ring mandrel (or pill bottle, etc.). The two wire ends will probably be just short of making two full wraps around the mandrel:

Zen spiral hoop earrings tutorial - wrap wires around mandrel

(3) Now your two wires should look like this:

Zen spiral hoop earrings tutorial - beginning of the hoops

(4) Pick up one of your newly coiled wires, and with the thin tip of your round-nose pliers grasp one end of the wire. Start curving it into the beginning of a smooth spiral inside the hoop:

Zen spiral hoop earrings tutorial - starting the spiral

(5) Move your pliers along the wire slightly, and use a slightly fatter part of your round-nose tips to keep curving your wire into an open spiral.

(For more help with this part, you can also watch my 3-minute video on How to Make an Open Wire Spiral.)

Zen spiral hoop earrings tutorial - continuing the spiral

(6) Keep moving your pliers along the wire and using fatter and fatter parts of your round-nose tips to continue the open spiral, until your wire looks like this:

Zen spiral hoop earrings tutorial - finished spiral inside the hoop

(7) Now use the fattest part of your round-nose pliers to grasp the other end of your wire. Start curling the wire end into a loop:

Zen spiral hoop earrings tutorial - starting the loop at the top

(8) Keep curling the wire around until you have a double loop around one jaw of your pliers:

Zen spiral hoop earrings tutorial - finishing the double loop

(9) Repeat Steps 4 through 8 on your other wire. Now your wires should look like this:

Zen spiral hoop earrings tutorial - hoops with spirals and top loops

(10) OPTIONAL: Use your jewelry steel block and nylon / rawhide hammer to flatten and hammer-harden your newly shaped earrings:

Zen spiral hoop earrings tutorial - hammering the hoops

(11) Attach a jump ring to the double loop at the top of each earring. Then attach an earwire to each jump ring:

Zen spiral hoop earrings by Rena Klingenberg

Enjoy your lovely Zen Spiral earrings!

Ideas for Variations:

  • Use a tumbler instead of the hammer and jewelry steel block to harden the Zen spiral hoops.
  • Oxidize your hoops instead of leaving them shiny.
  • Color your hoops with a patina.
  • Add one or more bead dangles to the hoops.

Zen spiral hoop earrings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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  • shelly cardwell says:

    I just love these!!!! I gone from doing my jewelry as a hobby, to having to do it to make money. I had a stroke 4/13/12. I am 45. So now I cant work. Your information has been so helpful to me. Thanks so much.

  • Thank you kindly, Shelly! 🙂

    I hope you’re recovering more and more every day. I’m so glad to hear the info here is helpful for you – we’re glad to have you with us! 🙂

  • Tamara says:

    These are so beautiful, Rena!! I just love the graceful curves! I’m not a big wire-worker myself, but this is the type of thing I love and am drawn to. And being a yoga person (I’m a certified instructor and worked as that in a past life), I love the zen quality – the name certainly fits!

    I really like them in copper too – I’m drawn to that more and more.

    Thank you for sharing these with us!

  • Audrey says:

    Beautiful earrings and tutorial! Thank you!

  • wendy says:

    Lovely! Simple designs look great, but I know from experience how hard it is to keep your wire perfect and kink free like this!

  • Judy says:

    Those are super cute! I am just starting to get into jewelry making and love seeing how creative everyone is.

    I found you at Keeping it Simple and hope you have a great week!

  • Lynda says:

    Great tutorial, Rena. Love these versatile earrings and the options listed to ‘dress’ them up.

  • Tammie E says:

    Thanks for sharing, I think I will make a pair of these today 🙂

  • Cathy says:

    Love these!! Need to make earrings this week to take to ArtSpace, a local gallery where I sell my jewelry. These will make a perfect addition to my display!

  • Julie says:

    These are so pretty! I have just started venturing into wire and wire wrapping. I can’t wait to try these. I love the copper too, for myself, but these would be great in any metal.

  • Jean Foggo Simon says:

    Rena – You never cease to amaze me. I love your inspiration! Thanks so much for continuing to share!

  • zoraida says:

    These are simply lovely! Sometimes a simple, hoop type earring is all you need. They would be a great add on for a spiral link necklace (and you know I love spirals). I can picture these in any metal, hammered or smooth, oxidized or left bright and shiny. I like heavier wire so I would probably make them in 16 gauge which is still not too heavy.
    Thanks for yet another great idea!


  • Rae says:

    They are beautiful, so simple and elegant… I’m just beginning to get a little bit in to jewellery making so I love seeing what other people make

  • nancy says:

    Love, love, love these! Thanks so much, can’t wait to try some!

  • Foster says:

    Darling earrings. Your tutorial is so detailed, I could even make them!

  • Christine says:

    GREAT tutorial!! The earrings are fabulous!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  • Terrie says:

    What cute earrings! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I think I can do that.
    ~ Terrie

  • very cute!

  • Lena says:

    Those are amazing! I saw your pic on the link up and just had to click! Beautiful!

  • Honey says:

    Very pretty, artistic work! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

  • Wow, looks so easy! I think I will have to try it out. Thank you so much!

  • You’ve done it again! These earrings are gorgeous! I like them almost as much as the monogram ring you made 😉

  • BeColorful says:

    You make it look so easy and I really really like this curved swirl design. So easy to wear and a great look. Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful.

  • Allyson says:

    Wow! Those earrings are beautiful! I’m pinning this tutorial so I can make some earrings like that for Christmas gifts this year.

  • These are so simple and elegant. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  • Simple and pretty! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  • Thank you for this excellent tutorial. I’ve pinned it to my “crafts” board. I’ll be trying this project soon, I’m sure.

  • Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says:

    I love the 2-tones together.

  • These are absolutely stunning! I’ve been wanting to work with wire wrapping techniques more and this seems like the perfect place to start. You make it look so easy though! 🙂

  • Doris says:

    Great Tutorial on wire work and it something I have been wanting to try. So now its time to “just do it”. Everything is explained well and love those clear pics thats something for me is my goal. Thanks for the help!

    Have a great day,Doris

  • Maria Jenny says:

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial with us. I made a pair of these for myself just to see how difficult it might be to replicate. It was quite simple and I can see how making multiples would help tone the skills required to make these. I made a pair for a White Elephant gift exchange at our Yoga group. They were ‘stolen’ multiple times.

    I am considering making these for sell. Do you have any restrictions on that?? I’m also considering a jewelry line that would include this type of wire working earrings. Think square, rectangle or triangle shapes might be interesting as well. Thoughts??

  • Thanks so much to all for your lovely comments on this project! 🙂

    Maria Jenny, I’m glad to hear you found them so easy to make – and that they were a hit at your gift exchange! I do think doing other shapes with this earring concept would be a good avenue to explore – good idea.

    And thank you so much for asking – all of the free tutorials I post on this website are for you to make these items to sell, to give, to wear yourself – to share and enjoy!

    Many of my free tutorials here are things that have sold well for me, or that I feel intuitively would be good sellers – so I hope you sell the jewelry you make from these tuts and that they sell like hotcakes!

    My only restriction is on the tutorial itself – that it not be republished, copied, or sold.

  • Erin says:

    Wowzers (again!) These are great, too. I am really impressed with your work. I’m going to have to make me a whole lotta jewelery soon!

  • Carla says:

    Thank you for sharing Rena, your designs are beautiful!

  • I had bookmarked this page a while ago and finally found the perfect wire to make these earrings. Michaels had wonderful colored aluminum wire on clearance after Christmas and I bought as much as I could in all of the bright colors. I made some in the same spiral and then played with the design a bit, bending back the other way inside the outer circle. They are lightweight & get a lot of attention. Pics on my page. Thanks Rena!

  • Awesome, Gina! They look great in the aluminum wire colors. Very cheery and appealing. I also like your alternative shape inside the Zen hoop circle.

    I love seeing what people do with my tutorials – thanks so much for sharing this! 🙂

  • Khurshid Khoree says:

    I am so glad to have come across your tutorial on making these smooth spiral earrings. I am learning to make wire jewelery and was struggling to get the circular shapes without the dents and uneven lines. Now after watching your video on the technique of creating a smooth circular shape, my earrings won’t look like they have been hit by a storm. Thank you very much for this excellent lesson.

  • Tina Hanks says:

    Thank you so much for your wonderful knowledge and for sharing it all with us. I am an aspiring jewelry artist on Etsy and having your expertise to learn from will be a great confidence booster. So many inspirational tutorials ( – :

  • You’re very welcome, Tina – and thank you for your lovely comment!

  • Sandra Keating says:

    I am new to this hobby and want to make these as my first project. They are beautiful. Can you tell me what material you used to make the jump ring and ear wires? Thanks.

  • Thank you, Sandra! The dark earwires and jump rings are sterling silver that I allowed to tarnish naturally. Wishing you a wonderfully creative journey into jewelry! 🙂

  • Tanya Hill says:

    I luv luv luv this site so helpful for beginners like me
    Thank you ????

  • Tanya, thank you! You made my day. 🙂

  • Dawn Carpino says:

    These are lovely Rena. Can I use 20 gauge half hard wire to make these?

  • Thank you, Dawn! I have not tried half-hard 20 gauge wire for these spiral earrings, but I think it could be do-able.

  • Angela says:

    Hi, Rena!
    These are so great! If I wanted to try them in a solid gold or gold-filled wire – would I still go with soft? Or something harder?

    Thank you!

  • Thanks, Angela! For gold-filled wire, I would use half-hard or even hard wire, depending on the gauge of wire you’re using. You need to be able to make a smooth spiral, but not too flimsy.

  • Mary B says:

    Rena, thank you for sharing your talents. Not every jewelry artist is willing to give permission for others to profit from one of their own creations. I love simple, elegant jewelry designs like this. They are beautiful just as they are, or they can be embellished in a hundred different ways!

  • Mary B, thank you for your lovely comment! I appreciate that.

  • Angela says:

    Thank you, Rena… I really appreciate the awesome tutorials and your kindness!

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