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How To Make Beaded Hoop Earrings & Customise Them

Create your own wire hoop earrings with a few simple steps!

Wire hoop earrings are perfect for spring and summer designs - watch our video tutorial below how to form a hoop using basic wire wrapping techniques.

On this page, we'll also show you simple ways you can customise your hoops with your favourite colourful beads and charms - plus a handy tool that helps you make your own ear wires from wire.

All you need is a bit of imagination and the possibilities are endless. 

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One of the most simplest ways to customise your hoops is by sliding on your favourite beads to complete the look. Just make sure the bead hole is big enough for the wire.

Click below to get the step by step instructions to this kit, tool recommendations and a handy one click shopping list of the supplies needed.

Wire Wrap Beads Onto The Hoops

Another popular way to incorporate beads is to wire wrap them onto the hoops for an eye catching design. This works well with 0.3mm and 0.5mm wire, which is thinner than the 0.8mm wire used to form the hoops.

Click below to get the step by step instructions to this kit, tool recommendations and a handy one click shopping list of the supplies needed.

Wire Wrap A Single Briolette Bead

We love the way wire wrapped briolette beads look! Perfect for attaching to hoop earrings, chains to create minimal necklaces or dangling off ear wires.

Follow our tutorial on how to wire wrap briolette beads.

Click below to get the step by step instructions to this kit, tool recommendations and a handy one click shopping list of the supplies needed.

Forget Beads! Attach Your Favourite Charms

Maybe you're not a fan of beads and are a lover of statement charms. Choose from our wide range of charms online - all you'll need is a jump ring to attach them to your hoops. This design also shows you how you can change the shape of your hoops to suit your style.

Click below to get the step by step instructions to this kit, tool recommendations and a handy one click shopping list of the supplies needed.


Metal Wire For Jewellery Making

When making earring hoops from wire, we usually go for 0.8mm wire - this size is the recommended choice to fit through your ear but is also great for forming shapes. We've used sterling silver but you could firstly practice with more affordable metal such as brass or copper wire.

Pack of Pliers & Side Cutters

When making hoops, you will need a range of pliers to help you form shapes and manipulate your wire. This includes snipe nose pliers, round nose pliers and side cutters. We'd recommend purchasing our pack of pliers which contains all the pliers you're likely to need for jewellery making! Or browse our plier range to buy them separately. 

Use Your Favourite Beads

The possibilities are endless! There are a whole range of stunning beads to choose from the complete your hoop designs. Browse our full range - just make sure you choose beads with a hole big enough for your chosen wire. We also provide a beautiful selection of metal beads which are great to use as spacers or to add a decorative element.

Explore Jewellery Charms

Combine your favourite beads with charms! This is a great way to add some personality and fun to your makes. We have a beautiful selection available in sterling silver and vermeil gold.

Shop Ready Made Earwires

Making earring hoops with a loop means you will need to hand them from ear wires! We have a range available in a variety of styles and metals. Simply twist open the loop and attach to your hoop loop to secure in place.

Make Your Own Earwires With This Handy Tool

This brilliant tool enables you to make consistent ear wires every time! It's so quick and easy, you'll wonder why you never got it sooner.

Options For Work Hardening Your Hoop Earrings

You will often find that the wire you are using is too soft to keep its shape, especially when making hoop earrings. There are a few ways you can 'work harden' your hoops to make them stiff and ensure they won't lose their shape.

Read our advice page on the many ways you can work harden wire for jewellery making

Squeeze With Nylon Jaw Pliers

Nylon jaw pliers are brilliant for working with wire as they won't damage or scratch your work. Gently squeeze the jaws over your hoops until they harden.

Place On Steel Block & Gently Hammer

Place your hoops onto a steel block and use the flat side of a chasing hammer or a rawhide mallet to gently hit until they harden.

You Can Also Create Texture

We love the chasing hammer! You can use the flat side to flatten your work as well as work harden, then use the round end to create a textured effect.

Discover more jewellery hammers that are great to use for creating texture on our website.

Or Customise Ready Made Hoop Earrings

If making your own wire hoop earrings isn't for you, shop our ready made hoops where you can customise with your favourite beads and charms or keep it simple.

Shop Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings

Available in a range of sizes

Rose Gold Filled Hoop Earrings

Available in a range of sizes

The products used in these projects are suggestions to inspire you. Products used were compatible at the time of making but do be aware that stocks can vary, so do use your own judgement as to the compatibility of each item when making.


If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team who will be more than happy to give you advice over email or on the phone.

You can learn more and find inspiration by visiting our Jewellery Making Tutorials, Jewellery Making Kits and YouTube Channel. Don't forget to follow us on social media and tag us in your designs on Instagram & Facebook, we would love to see!