Square Wire Hoops | Joanne Tinley | Skillshare
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14 Lessons (1h 14m)
    • 1. Square Wire Hoops

    • 2. Square Wire Hoops - materials

    • 3. Square Wire Hoops - equipment

    • 4. Square Wire Hoops - soldering equipment

    • 5. Square Wire Hoops - preparing the wire

    • 6. Square Wire Hoops - texturing

    • 7. Square Wire Hoops - annealing

    • 8. Square Wire Hoops - coiling the wire

    • 9. Square Wire Hoops - sawing the hoops

    • 10. Square Wire Hoops - filing

    • 11. Square Wire Hoops - soldering

    • 12. Square Wire Hoops - polishing

    • 13. Square Wire Hoops - final thoughts

    • 14. Square Wire Hoops - bonus earrings


About This Class

Hoop earrings are such a classic design, easy to wear and great for any occasion. They look quite a simple design to make but getting a smooth even curve in the wire can be bit tricky - unless, that is, you use the tips and tricks in my video class!

I'm using 2mm square wire in the videos to give the hoops a lovely contemporary look. I'll show you how to curve them into part circles and also share with you how I set them up for soldering. My method leaves a little bit of scrap wire but the class also includes a bonus section to show you how to create an extra pair of dainty stud earrings - no silver ever goes to waste in my studio!


This is one of a series of video classes, each one showing you how to quickly and easily make a lovely pair of earrings - sometimes two pairs - as part of my #52earrings challenge. I have challenged myself to design and film tutorials for 52 pairs of earrings in 2017, and I'd love you to join me. In each video I will show you the materials you will need, explain the tools and equipment and go through all the steps needed to create your own lovely pair of earrings. Along the way I will share with you the same hints and tips that I teach in my jewelry making classes and private tuition so that you become more confident with your techniques and design skills with each class that you watch.

This class is a beginner class as the soldering just needs a steady hand! However, In the soldering sections of the class I will discuss some ways you could simplify the design.

The equipment needed for the project is explained in the videos and also listed on a downloadable document that covers most of the tools that I will use in future earrings video classes as well so you can plan ahead! All the equipment listed can be used for a variety of other jewellery making projects. I've used both a larger and smaller blow torch in the class.

Earrings #35 in the #52earrings challenge.









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Joanne Tinley

Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

I have been making my own jewellery for as long as I can remember and left my first career as a school teacher to set up business as a jewellery designer and tutor nearly 10 years ago. I am self-taught and like many people I started with wire and beads. Learning how to solder, however, opened up a whole new world of jewellery making! There is something so magical about watching solder flow through a seam, joining two pieces of metal together smoothly.

I work from my studio on the south...

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