April 28, 2014

A variation on bombay hoops

Some of my favorite hoop earrings that I made are these, the bombay hoops.

I made a variation on them, with beads in one of my favorite colors.  Now these are my favorite hoops!:

The how to is very similar to the original bombay hoops.
What you need:
-a pair of wire hoops
-a pair of earring hooks
-a thin wire, 24 or 26 gauge (I used a fun blue wire for these).
-16 beads (8 for each earring).
-wire cutters

First, cut a piece of thin wire, about 20 inches long.  Fold one end over the hoop and use the pliers to wrap it around the hoop tightly.
Put a bead onto the wire and loop it through, then loop the wire another 3 times, to keep with the pattern.
Continue this process until all 8 beads are on the hoop.
Be sure to wrap the wire three times after the 8th bead and use the pliers again to tighten it.
Cut the wire closely to the hoop at both ends with the wire cutters and use the pliers to wrap the remaining bit around the hoop.
Use the pliers to connect the top of the hoops.  Slightly open the bottom of each earring hook and connect one to each wire hoop.  Close the bottom of each earring hook.

And all done!