Favorite Project of the Week: Swingin’ Hoops Earrings

Jewelry designer Jeanette Blix Ryan enjoys creating jewelry, but really loves the challenge of taking a traditional jewelry design and tweaking it just a little. Reinventing something as timeless and traditional as the basic hoop earring isn’t easy. However, these Swingin’ Hoop earrings Jeanette designed after an afternoon sketching some hoop ideas are!

These chic and simple earrings don’t require a lot of time, materials, or effort. They’re quick to whip up and ready to wear in a flash. Try creating them with a variety of hoop sizes for more dramatic or subtler look. Here’s what you’ll need to make yours:


  • 14-gauge dead soft sterling silver wire, 6″
  • 20-gauge sterling or fine silver wire, 3″
  • Sterling balled ear wires, 2


  • Round-nose pliers
  • Flat-nose pliers
  • Metal shears
  • Hole-punch pliers
  • Flush cutters
  • Chasing hammer
  • Rawhide mallet or nylon hammer
  • Steel bench block
  • Hoop mandrel or ring mandrel
  • Butane torch
  • Fire brick
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Tumbler and stainless steel shot

-Kerry Bogert
Editorial Director, Books

Find more quick and simple projects in Easy Metal magazine!