Since my freshman year of college, I have had a total of nine holes in my ears. (What can I say? I was a rebellious teenager. Ha!)
That’s a lot of earrings to change, so unless I’m going to a fancy event, I always wear the same earrings in seven of those holes.
(Cue my awkward selfie)
For awhile I was wearing little studs I had bought at Claire’s accessories eons ago, but after having them for more than a decade they started to follow apart or turn funky colors.
I decided to replace all of my earrings with small silver hoops, so off to the mall I went in hunt of enough hoops for all of my holes. I stopped dead in my tracks when I looked at the pricetag of those things. I was looking at spending over $50 in the most basic earrings when it dawned on me.
I could totally make some small basic hoop earrings myself.
And you can too!
They are easy & quick to make. (In fact, it took me longer to take the photos for this tutorial than it did to make the actual earrings.)
Materials & tools needed to make simple hoop earrings:
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- Round wire
- I used 20 gauge sterling silver wire–FYI, the larger the number, the thinner the wire is)
- A flush cutter or something to cut the wire
- The bail-making pliers mentioned above OR a pen, sharpie marker or something about that wide
- Round nose pliers or something with a thin, tapered point (a pencil could work)
- Something to sand down the wire: a nail file, a piece of sand paper, or needle files
Take the round nose pliers (or whatever substitute you are using) and make a small loop at one end of the wire.
Now wrap the wire, starting at the loop, around the biggest size of the bail-making pliers OR your pen, holding the loop flat against the surface of the pen.
Here’s what it should look like now:
(Oh man, are my hands screaming for some lotion or what? Yikes!)
Slip the wire off of the pen and trim the wire so it just goes past the loop.
Sand down the end so it isn’t sharp and rinse the earring off with some soap and water.
Boom, done! Your simple hoop earring is now ready to be worn. How easy what that?