Don’t you just love how these leaf-shaped beads look dangling in these gold hoops?! The leaves look like little works of art! We’ll show you how to make these Falling Leaf Hoop Earrings in the steps below. They’re so easy to make and perfect for a modern take on fall!
How To Make Falling Leaf Hoop Earrings
2 Leaf-shaped shell beads, gunmetal blue, 18mmx12mm
2 Hoops, gold, 30mm
2 Faceted glass rondelles, gunmetal blue, 3mmx4mm
2 Ball headpins, gold
2 Earring wires, gold
2 Jump rings, 3mm
1. To make the first leaf dangle, slide a leaf-shaped bead onto a headpin so that the ball of the headpin is at the point of the leaf. Then slide one of the faceted rondelles onto the headpin.
Next you’ll make a wrapped loop in the wire just above the rondelle. Here’s a video we made showing how to make wrapped loops. The written steps are below the video.
2. Make a wrapped loop in the headpin that attaches to the hoop. To make a wrapped loop, grasp the headpin next to the rondelle with the round-nose pliers. Bend the wire 90 degrees, then reposition the pliers to the top of that bend and push the wire up and over the top jaw of the pliers and make a partial loop. Reposition the pliers so the bottom jaw is in the partial loop and pull the wire around to complete the loop.
Make sure the loop is big enough to go around the hoop!
3. Before you wrap the loop, nestle the hoop into the wire-worked loop.
Then grasp across that loop with the round-nose pliers and wrap the tail around the neck two times. Trim the end of the wire with the wire cutters.
4. Then attach the loop you just wrapped to a jump ring. To do this you’ll open one of the jump rings using two pairs of pliers.
Here’s a video showing how we like to open and close a jump ring using two pairs of pliers. The written steps are below the video.
To open a jump ring, hold the jump ring on one side of the cut with one pair of pliers. Then grasp the jump ring on the other side with the other pair of pliers. Rotate one set of pliers down and the other up. This will open the jump ring while maintaining its round shape.
5. Slide the open jump ring into the loop at the top of the leaf-shaped bead, then close the jump ring by pressing across the jump ring with chain-nose pliers.
6. Slide the earring wire into the jump ring and press the loop on the earring wire closed with the chain-nose pliers.
Repeat to make the matching earring!
Aren’t these earrings cool? We love the way the leaves look like they are suspended in the hoops. And using a jump ring to connect the hoop to the earring wire rotates the hoops so they face forward and gives the earrings a lot of movement! Let us know if you make a pair. We’d love to hear how they turn out!
Jennifer & Kitty