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DIY Tutorial: Wire Heart Hoop Earrings

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Diy wire heart earrings

One of my favorite mediums to work with when I’m designing jewelry is wire, since there’s just a beautiful, delicate, and subtle nature to it. Plus, most of my clothes are such loud statement pieces anyways, that wearing statement jewelry with them would probably, most definitely, be overkill.

Today’s DIY will introduce the art of wire manipulation in jewelry craft, by providing a step-by-step process to making these cute little wire heart hoops, inspired by this pair from Forever 21.

Materials

DIY Heart Earrings Materials

  • Extremely thin silver wire (available at craft stores)
  • Wire Cutters
  • Jewelry pliers – round nose and flat nose

Step One

Step One DIY Heart Earrings

Cut a single circle loop from the main wire loops. I used giant wire cutters instead of the standard small jewelry ones, because silver wire is much sturdier and more difficult to cut than copper-based ones.

I used a silver wire because it’s much safer for pierced ears (my ears are sensitive and react negatively to certain metals, but this varies from person to person). Make sure the wire you choose is thin enough to go through a pierced ear.

Step Two

Step Two DIY Heart Earrings

Grip one end of the wire loop with your flat-nose pliers (about a centimeter in; try to aim for the “width” of your earlobe), and make a sharp 90 degree angle by prying this portion upwards. This becomes the portion that goes through your ear.

Step Three

Step Three DIY Heart Earrings

Use a cylindrical object (I used the handle of my wire cutters) and bend the wire around it like so to create a “hill.”

Step Four

Step Four DIY Heart Earrings

Using flat-nose pliers, grab where the loop lines up with the portion that goes through your ear and sharply bend the wire upwards so it forms a little “v”, as shown in the above image.

Step Five

Step Five DIY Heart Earrings

Next, form another “hill” by bending the wire around a cylindrical object. You should have what looks like a rounded “M” (a.k.a. the tops of the heart).

Step Six

Step Six DIY Heart Earrings

There will be a long wire portion at the end of the “M”. Around the halfway point (seen above), bend the wire upwards so that it forms the “V” of the bottom portion of the heart.

Step Seven

Step Seven DIY Heart Earrings

Where the wire “lines up” with the portion that goes through your ear, bend the wire at a 90 degree angleĀ sideways. If you hold the heart straight down like this, <3 , the wire should be bent up in the air towards you.

Step Eight

Step Eight DIY Heart Earrings

Make a small loop by wrapping the wire around your round-nose pliers.

Step Nine

Step Nine DIY Heart Earrings

Cut off any excess wire with wire-cutters.

Step Ten

Step Ten DIY Heart Earrings

Repeat steps 1-9 to form the other earring, making sure to use finished earring as a “guide” for the other earring so they match up well.

And that’s it! So simple, so elegant. To wear, simply slide the earring in, and secure it by placing the pointy bit into the small loop. Use the techniques shown here to branch into making other types of wire jewelry!

Feedback please:

What do you think about wire jewelry? Would you do this DIY? Are there any other DIYs you would like to see the tutorials for? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on October 8, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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19 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Wire Heart Hoop Earrings”

  1. 1
    October 8th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    This looks like an ear infection waiting to happen.

  2. 2
    October 9th, 2013 at 1:30 am

    It looks cute but I agree with Lizzy.

  3. 3
    October 9th, 2013 at 2:27 am

    The metal on those earrings have already lost their luster. You should probably dispose of them. Impending ear infection in the making.

  4. 4
    October 9th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    @ Lizz,y Jacqui, Rina:

    I don’t know if it’s due to the quality of the photos, but I can assure you they’re bright and shiny as ever! And I’ve worn these for several days now, no irritation, no infection at all. I don’t know if you guys read by comment, but the wire is *silver* (like not the color silver, actual silver) versus most wires which are copper based; I would recommend using whatever metal you know works best for your ears, for me that would be silver. Thanks for your concern!

  5. 5
    October 9th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    As long as you’re careful with your wire choice, this is probably my favorite DIY I’ve seen y’all do!

  6. 6
    October 9th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    @Lauren:

    Awww, thank you for your sweet comment. Much love <3

  7. 7
    October 9th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I mean, I appreciate that it’s an easy DIY, but why not just pay $2.80 for the real earrings? The material would be more expensive.

  8. 8
    October 9th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    @Michelle – I definitely see your point! However, I know that personally I can’t wear F21 earrings because the metal they use irritates my skin, so Gloria’s DIY earrings are a great alternative since she’s using actual silver. Also, I see the heart shape as just a jumping off point – you can do so many other types of earrings once you learn how to work with wire.

  9. 9
    October 9th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    @Michelle: Ashley definitely hit the nail on the head! Also, notice how I only use parts of the wire? You can make multiple wire heart hoop earrings (I’m thinking, party favors perhaps?); or use the leftovers to make other jewelry. I think it’s getting the most bang for your buck in all honesty.

  10. 10
    October 9th, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    This looks so cute! Also you can get really creative with this like add beads onto the wire or do a sort of dream catcher thing with string.

  11. 11
    October 10th, 2013 at 12:15 am

    @Bubbles: Thank you for your kind comment. And that’s a fantastic idea! Much love <3

  12. 12
    December 26th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I too am allergic to certain metals – those which contain nickel, the main culprit for most people. So like you I prefer to use sterling silver (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper). BTW Great tutorial!

  13. 13
    January 14th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so muc for sharing.

  14. 14
    January 15th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I just made them in copper, hammered, they are awesome! You can see them here : https://www.etsy.com/ca-fr/listing/175862571/boucles-doreilles-coeur-anneaux-creole?ref=shop_home_active_1

  15. 15
    January 26th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Looks like a great tutorial! I plan on making a pair very soon! Thanks for sharing this!

  16. 16
    February 4th, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication (daVinci)! Love them and will make a pair for my daughter who loves anything hearts. And I have trouble understanding the naysayers. . . Obviously, make it in a metal that you are not allergic to!

  17. 17
    February 15th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    @Pearl: Thank you for your comment! And the support, it means a lot :D

    @Katrine: You’re welcome! I’m glad I could help.

    @Lisa M: Thank you! I’m glad you liked it, and I wish you success on your project!

    @Lynne Sinan: Thanks for standing up for me, sometimes it hurts a little when I’m encountered with naysayers, but people like you really make up for it! Good luck on your project!

  18. 18
    February 18th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    So cute! I also want to make some very tiny hoops. Well done, easy to follow tutorial. And ladies….earrings at forever 21 cost that amount because of the cheap material. These are silver! It’s not like it’s wire from the hardware store. People get so intimidated by diy!

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