Memory wire is a jewellery making supply that retains its shape during use and is available in different diameters. Often sold in a coil, memory wire is great for all types of jewellery, especially jewellery that requires strength and uniformity in size, such as hoop earrings. With memory wire, beads and a few inexpensive supplies, you can make beaded hoop earrings to wear or to give as a gift.
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Things you need
- Round nose pliers
- Wire nippers
- Assorted beads
- Jump rings
- Head pins
- Earring hooks
Nip two hoops of memory wire with ¼-inch overlap, and form a small loop on one end with the round nose pliers.
String stone beads onto the hoop until full, and form another loop with the round nose pliers.
Thread both ends of the hoop onto a single jump ring, followed by a second jump ring. Attach an earring hook to the top jump ring.
Nip two hoops of memory wire with ¼-inch overlap, and form a small loop on one end. String small, round faceted beads onto the hoop until it is full and form another loop with the round nose pliers.
String another round bead onto a head pin, followed by a large vertically-drilled teardrop bead. Top the teardrop with one more small bead and form a loop.
Thread one end of the hoop onto a jump ring, and then add the teardrop charm, followed by the other end of the hoop and a second jump ring. Finally, attach an earring hook to the top jump ring.
Tips and warnings
- Mark your round nose pliers with a permanent marker to ensure uniformity in the diameter of your loops.
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