One of the great benefits to working with wire is the ability to construct your own wire shapes and frames for your jewelry pieces. Learning to make a hoop earring is one of the best projects to start out with. The hoop earring offers a multitude of design options to work from. From beading onto the wire, hammering the shape for texture, or hanging dangles from the frame, here are more than a half dozen hoop earring designs to get you inspired today.
1. Basic Hoop Earring Design
These basic hoop earrings have the perfect natural feel and are lightweight to wear. A hammered effect is given to the thick 18 gauge wire and secured with a closing loop. Total width is 1.5 inches.
2. Turquoise Seed Bead Hoop Earrings
This larger variation of bead hoop earrings are made at a 2 inch width and lined with small matte turquoise seed beads that sit at the bottom. With such a simple design, it can be easily customized by a variety of other colors or beaded in a pattern. Just change from gold to silver wire to create a whole new look.
3. Silver Discs Hoop Earrings
The hoop earring style is a perfect choice for hanging discs style beads from. In this silver disc example, the wavy beads add a nice compliment to the thin hoop shape they sit in. Create additional texture and style with other color options, besides silver.
4. Amethyst Wire Wrapped Beaded Hoop Earrings
If you want a fully beaded hoop design, look at creating a wire wrapped design such as these amethyst hoop earrings. The beads will surely stay put when incorporating a thinner 24-26 gauge wire to secure the beads around the hoop. This option gives functionality and design at the same time.
5. Hanging Peridot Beaded Hoop Earrings
Hand formed and hand hammered, these peridot beaded hoop earrings show another slight variation you can add to any hoop design. With a cluster of peridot beads, simply create a loop at the end and drop onto the hoop to create a new style. The hoop forms were created at a 1.5 inch width.
6. Mix and Match Beaded Hoop Earrings
The mix and match beaded style is a great option for those leftover beads, oddball shapes, and adding like colors together to an easy hoop earring frame. Here is one pair made with repurposed vintage beads, adding great contrast and interest to this style.
7. Multi Drop Beaded Hoop Earrings
The hoop earring is commonly thought of as a simple design that is minimalist in style. Create a multi drop beaded design challenges this common misperception. In this pair, three larger beads are mixed with a variety of smaller seed beads and bead caps to create this more interesting hoop earring design.