I’ve wanted to try this style of hoop for a while now. Today was the day. So I started with thick copper wire from the garage stash, maybe 12 gauge…flush cutting two 2 1/2 inch pieces. Annealed the wire with the micro-torch, so it was more malleable and bent them into U shapes. Then, the hammering for definition and texturing. Used one of my favorite tools to punch holes to hold the sterling silver ear wires (made from 20 gauge wire). Punched more holes on the bottom edges to attach bronze fresh water coin pearls. Filed, sanded, and polished to a beautiful finish.
For some very clear, step by step directions, head over to Objects and Elements, and see the designs created by Linda.
I’ll definitely make more of these!
Deryn Mentock is offering an online class called Boho Bliss and it’s all about creating fabulous embellished hoop earrings…so popular right now. Here’s the link to her blog and a detailed description on her class: http://somethingsublime.typepad.com/jewelry_works/bo.html