Anthropologie Knockoff Tutorial:
Hello beauties! Today’s Anthro knockoff tutorial is for those who love hoop earrings; I don’t own that many hoops but when I saw this pair in Anthropologie online shop (no, they don’t sell it in the UK), I just knew I had to have them.
So, this is the gorgeous original version, Nisha Hoops by Anthropologie, sold at lovely jubbly $218 (photo credit: Anthropologie). It is pretty straightforward to make, but I must admit that it isn’t a quick pair to make – it will take a good hour or two – but I assure you that they really are worth your time!
What you’ll need:
- beads, in lots of different colours and shapes
- a pair of earwires
- a pair of ear hoops
- 18 jump rings (I have 18 eyepins in the photo by mistake. Don’t shoot me. Please.)
- beading wire (I’m using 28 gauge Artistic Wire)
(not in the photo)
- pair of flat-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and wire cutters
1) Cut the wire into 20cm length, and wrap it around the hoop several times, as tightly and neatly as possible. Slide the wrapped part towards the edge of the hoop, wrap the shorter end of wire and squeeze down the tip with flat-nose pliers so it lies flat.
2) Continue wrapping the wire until the hoop is covered. You will run out of wire at about half way (it’s easier to work with short-ish wire); simply cut another 20cm and start wrapping the same way as you started.
3) Cut another wire into 15cm length and wrap it around the hoop a few times.
4) Add beads to the wire, and when it reaches the opposite end, wrap the wire around the hoop twice.
5) Continue adding beads the same way, working your way towards the bottom in zig-zag. When you are done, wrap the wire around the hoop a few times, cut the excess wire and squeeze down the tip so it lies flat.
7) In the same manner, make beaded loops: 6 x one bead, 2 x two beads, 1 x three beads.
8) Using round-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, place a jump ring to the hoop and add a beaded loop.
9) Add all beaded loops.
10) Attach earwires to the ear hoop, and you’re done!
Voila! I love how they turned out!
By the way, are you a Swarovski crystal gal, or more of a semi-precious gem type? I am a bit of both (can’t live without sparkles and absolutely LOVE freshwater pearls), but lately I’m getting more and more interested in semi-precious gems.
I used turquoise chips and blue sand stones for the earrings, and I absolutely adore the blue sand stones (the black balls with shimmer in the bottom photos). They are tiny (only 2mm in diameter) but I can’t take my eyes off them… Ahhhhhh…
Anyways, hope you enjoyed the tutorial :)