We're about to shape your destiny — or at least your spring look — by showing you how to craft these simple, sculptural earrings.
diy hoop earrings

To make a few surprisingly inexpensive pairs, all it takes is high-quality yet inexpensive gold wire, a couple of tools, and a few minutes of your time. Plus, if you lose one, no worries. You know just the jeweler to create a replacement.

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What you need


How to do it

Part 1

diy hoop earrings
Step 1

Bend it: For an oblong shape, wrap both ends of wire around cylindrical object, leaving the middle straight. For a circle, wrap it all the way around. To make closure, form one end of wire into a loop with pliers, bend other at a 90-degree angle, and cut.

diy hoop earrings
Step 2

Finish it: Strengthen wire by doing what jewelers call "work hardening." Lay flat on anvil and tap with hammer; turn over and repeat. You'll know you're done when metal is harder to bend and clasp springs closed easily.

    Comments (1)

    How difficult was this project?
    Martha Stewart Member
    October 2, 2021
    Difficulty: Kind of Easy
    Hello! What hardness of wire do you recommend for a project like this? Dead-soft, half-hard or full-hard? Also, round, half-round or square? Thanks!