DIY: make your own beaded hoop earrings

I’m so excited to be sharing our first tutorial making these sweet little hoop earrings. When I first starting dabbling in craft as a business,
it all started with beads and jewellery. It has taken a somewhat meandering path ever since, but I still always find myself going back to
making jewellery. I think part of the appeal for me and my limited attention span is that it is so quick to get a finished product.

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These earrings are so quick and easy to make, and there are so many different possibilities for colour combos. I’ve put together kits to make
four different colourways for these beauties, and they are available in the shop, together with any extra bits and bobs you may need to make
the earrings, or to make extra pairs.

It’s probably a good idea to decide the layout of the beads first before attaching them to the hoop, otherwise it's a lot of unravelling
and cutting and wasting of wire. So, take the beads and lay them out until you're happy with how they look.

Once you're happy with the beads, we need to attach your wire. Take the wire and starting about 2-3cm from the end,
wrap it around the hoop. You may find it easier to grip the wire and do this with your pliers. 

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Wrap the wire around about 2 times, and then cut with the wire cutters.

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Use the pliers to flatten the sticky-out bit of wire against the hoop.

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Thread your first row of beads on to the wire. When you get to the end, wrap the wire around the hoop.
Again, you might find it easier using the pliers to grip the wire and pull it tight around the hoop.

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Now you're ready to thread the next row of beads on. Just like with the first row, keep going 
until you reach the other side of the hoop, then wrap the wire tightly around the hoop. 

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Then thread your next row of beads on and wrap the wire around the hoop on the opposite side.

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Keep doing this until you have done all five rows of beads.

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At the end of the last row of beads, wrap the wire around the hoop a couple of times and cut with the wire cutters.

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Use the flat pliers to tuck the sticky out bit of wire against the hoop.

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Last bit now! Fiddle around with the rows until you are happy with their spacing. Then using the flat nose pliers again,
gently squeeze the wires at the end of each bead row so they grip the hoop better. And that’s it, you’re done!

Now you just need to do it again and you have made yourself a pair of earrings!

If you get stuck at any point, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to help!

We would love to see what you make. Tag us with #thecrafteriemakes so you can show off your own creations.