Prerequisite: Metalsmithing 1


Hoop earrings are an ever-popular trend that makes a statement! In this workshop, you'll learn our technique for bending tubing to create hoop earrings in a variety of sizes, plus we'll discuss some options for hoops using different sterling silver wires. This technique may also be used to create curved bails for pendants, earrings and more.


Once students have completed their hoops, we'll demonstrate several options for hinged closures and how to add posts to your hoops. Each student will have the opportunity to choose from 2 different closures to create in class. At the end of this workshop, students can expect to take home three pairs of completed hoop earrings: one copper, one brass and one sterling silver. A materials kit (value $65) is included in your tuition. 


MATERIALS KIT is included in tuition (a $65 value) contains: brass tubing, copper tubing, sterling silver tubing, sterling silver wire, earring posts and backs.


Techniques learned include: 

  • Design a basic desired size/shape
  • Layout of design using cut and shaped brass wire prototypes
  • Techniques in moving the metal to your desired design outcome
  • Exploration of small hand tools to achieve dimension, transferable to any of your jewelry designs
  • Planning for the final design to be completed in Sterling silver
  • Creating your final design in Sterling silver
  • Shaping the final design from techniques previously learned
  • Cutting, filing, and fitting parts to the final design
  • Clean up and polishing 



Bring your Metalsmithing toolbox, including the following items:

  • Jeweler's Saw, 2/0 blades, and beeswax/lube
  • Sandpaper/Sanding Sticks 220, 320, 400, 600
  • Jeweler’s Ruler
  • Habilis File, Half-Round (Otto Frei #133.822)
  • Triangle Needle file
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Sharpie, ultra fine point
  • Solder, Easy
  • Face mask (P95 or N95;  particulate respirator or similar)


  • Stepped Wrap-N-Tap pliers (Rio Grande #111106 and/or #111107)
  • Solder: Hard, Med
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Foredom Hammer Head
  • Apron 



Contact Hours 8  |  Studio Fee included (a $5 value)

Hoop Earrings: Sat, May 28

SKU: 020929
  • Metalsmithing 1