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Tapered Seed Bead Dangle Hoops

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Spice up some simple silver hoops with this awesome video tutorial for how to make bead earrings. Tapered Seed Bead Dangle Hoops add a cascade of shimmering metallic seed beads for a dynamic variation on your typical hoop earrings. Choose a variety of seed beads in a monochromatic color scheme to achieve this stunning effect. You won't believe how easy it is to make these gorgeous seed bead earrings.

Tapered Seed Bead Dangle Hoops
Tapered Seed Bead Dangle Hoops
This image courtesy of Sandy Huntress

Project Type: Make a Project

Bead Type: Seed

Time to complete: In an evening

Bead Technique Used: Strung

Bead Project Type: Earrings

Difficulty Level: Easy

 

Materials:

  • two 4-inch pieces of 22-gauge wire
  • 14 head pins
  • glass seed beads in color(s) of your choice
  • 16 small clear glass beads
  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • 1-inch dowel
  • jewelry hammer
  • metal file
     

Instructions:

  1. Use chain nose and round nose pliers to make a loop at one end of a 4-inch piece of wire. Shape wire into a hoop around 1-inch dowel. Repeat with second piece of wire. Pound hoops lightly with jewelry hammer to work harden. Use file to remove any burrs, and smooth cut ends flat.
     
  2. Slide 1 inch of seed beads onto a head pin. Use chain nose and round nose pliers to make a loop with remaining wire. Trim excess wire with wire cutters. Repeat to make one more 1-inch seed bead dangle. Then make four dangles each with 3/4 inches, 5/8 inches, and 1/2 inches of seed beads.
     
  3. Onto each wire hoop, slide the following: small clear bead > 1/2-inch dangle > small clear bead > 5/8-inch dangle > small clear bead> 3/4-inch dangle > small clear bead > 1-inch dangle > small clear bead > 3/4-inch dangle > small clear bead > 5/8-inch dangle > small clear bead> 1/2-inch dangle > small clear bead.
     
  4. Use chain nose pliers to slightly bend last 3/8-inch or so of hoop. This end goes through the ear and then hooks onto the loop made in step one.

 

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Ilove making these earrings. I bought pre-made hoops. So fun!

This was alot of work and it looked great after I spent all the time to assemble it. BUT the 22 gauge wire bends very easily and is mishapen when you try to put them on. A waste of time. You can't use a larger gauge wire because the beads won't fit onto it. The wire is just too flimsy to hold its shape.

Did you take the time to work harden the hoop after you made it? If you didn't then yes the wire will be too soft. You have to pound them several times with a leather head or rubber head hammer to stiffen them before you put the dangles on.

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