Articles tagged #HOOPS
Beachcomber Wine Glass Charm Set Tutorial
Create a colorful beaded drop for each wine glass marker, using gemstones or other beads of your choice. Add an oval jump ring to each charm so they face the proper direction. Add approximately 10 seed beads to each hoop, then a charm and beaded drop, then 10 more seed beads. Use chain nose pliers to grip the...
Rough Around The Edges Hoop Earrings Tutorial
A drawplate is excellent for hardening soft wire without making it brittle, so custom ear wires and handmade hoops are springy and keep their shape.... The most popular size of wire for ear wires in the United States is approximately 21-gauge. So why use 18-gauge wire and a drawplate, instead of just using 21-gauge wire? Have you noticed that store-bought ear wires and hoops are springier than either dead soft or half hard wire? Pulling wire through a drawplate makes the wire springy, so it can flex side to side as needed when putting earrings into your ear, and then it springs back into place. This makes hoops easier to open and close, and it keeps ear wires from being brittle or too-easily bent out of shape.