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Hopi Hoops Earrings

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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.
Approximate Size:
Estimated Time: 1 Hour
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
Coiling Gizmo Set (TOOL-1351)
German Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-500)
List of Components:
Artbeads Designer Wire - Vintage Bronze Non-Tarnish 24 Gauge (60 ft. spool) (ADW0040, qty 1)
Artbeads Designer Wire - Titanium Non-Tarnish 20 Gauge (21 ft. spool) (ADW0035, qty 1)
Southwest Sunset Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0022, qty 1)
Sterling Silver French Hook Earwire with Coil (SS-EAR01, qty 2)
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.040 x .240 inches (1.00 x 6.10mm) (SS-OJR40-E, qty 2)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Seabreeze Designer Seed Bead Blend (ADB0001)
Artbeads Designer Wire - Antique Copper Non-Tarnish 24 Gauge (60 ft. spool) (ADW0041)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Artbeads Designer Wire - Vintage Bronze Non-Tarnish 24 Gauge (60 ft. spool)
Code: ADW0040
24 gauge, 60 feet 
Price: $4.99
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Artbeads Designer Wire - Titanium Non-Tarnish 20 Gauge (21 ft. spool)
Code: ADW0035
20 gauge, 21 feet 
Price: $4.99
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Southwest Sunset Designer Seed Bead Blend
Code: ADB0022
Price: $4.99
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Sterling Silver French Hook Earwire with Coil
Code: SS-EAR01
Height 23.5mm, Width 10.5mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.95$0.87$0.80
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Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.040 x .240 inches (1.00 x 6.10mm)
Code: SS-OJR40-E
Diameter 6.1mm, 18 gauge 
1-1415-2930+
$0.54$0.49$0.45
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Alternate Components

Seabreeze Designer Seed Bead Blend
Code: ADB0001
Price: $4.99
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Artbeads Designer Wire - Antique Copper Non-Tarnish 24 Gauge (60 ft. spool)
Code: ADW0041
24 gauge, 60 feet 
Price: $4.99
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Purchase Tools & Supplies

Coiling Gizmo Set
Code: TOOL-135
Price: $9.19
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German Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-500
4.5 Inches 
Price: $20.49
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