Hopi Hoops Earrings Instructions Designed by Cynthia Kimura
Native American hoop dances involve elaborate moves with handmade hoops symbolizing the circle of life. While the dances they are named after may be elaborate, making these earrings is simple thanks to the Coiling Gizmo. Colorful seed beads and shining wire twist around each other like dancers and their hoops in a design that will add life to any style!
Step one: String seed beads from the Southwest Sunset Designer Seed Bead Blend onto a spool of Vintage Bronze non-tarnish 24 gauge Artbeads Designer Wire. The amount of seed beads you will use will depend on how big you want your hoops to be. Coil the wire with the seed beads on it using the Coiling Gizmo set. To learn how to use the Coiling Gizmo, please see our Mini-Tutorial Video. Start with a quarter inch of plain coiled wire. Our beaded coil section is about two and three quarters of an inch long. Finish with a plain coiled section the same length as the first. Trim both ends of the wire.
Step two: Slide your coiled wire onto Titanium non-tarnish 20 gauge Artbeads Designer Wire. Trim the Titanium wire so that there is about two inches of wire coming out of each end of the coiled wire. Shape the wire so that the beaded coil forms a hoop. Close the hoop by creating a wrapped loop at the top. For help making wrapped loops, please see this Handy Tip.
Step three: Attach a sterling silver French hook earwire with coil to the wrapped loop using a sterling silver 6.10mm open jump ring. To see how to properly open and close a jump ring, take a look at our Jump Ring Handy Tip Video. Repeat these steps to create the other earring in the set.