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Wooly Hoops

About this design:

I started out wanting to wrap the Tagua hoops completely with cord and beads, but it seemed too bulky and didn't allow for me to see the hoop. Then it hit me, add some cool color and structure at the top using Wooly Wire. The combination of the 2 materials are a perfect fit - the natural feel of the Tagua nut with the softness of the Wooly Wire.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 2 1' lengths of Wooly Wire
  • pair of ear wires
  • 2 4mm round beads complementing the colors in the Wooly Wire chosen
  • 2 Tagua nut gypsy hoops
  • adhesive
  • cutters
  • round nose pliers

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
String a 4mm bead onto each ear wire. You may have to "unbend" the ear wire a bit and reshape once the bead is all the way on.
Step 2:
Cut 2 1" lengths of Wooly Wire. Take one of your lengths and fold over about 2" from the end. Hook your Wooly Wire onto the Tagua nut hoop at the top and begin wrapping. Wrap the Wooly Wire about 10 times, overlapping the ends back to the center. Make sure to leave 1/2" on the short end to wrap around the other wire.
Step 3:
Create a "messy" wire wrapped loop and attach to ear wire.
Step 4:
Make sure to apply adhesive to the ends of the Wooly Wire to keep it from fraying.
Step 5:
Once you add the adhesive, wrap the end down. Done!

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    These are super cute!!

  2. Asia
    Asia says:

    I have to try that woolly wire, this looks great Ali :D

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Fabulous! Super cool way to use that woolywire Ali!

  4. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    These are so cool, and they look so easy to make!

  5. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Oh wow Ali!!! I have some wooly wire that I have been hoarding for the “perfect” design. This is it!

  6. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    I’ve been intimidated by the wooly wire but this is so easy and chic, I think I’ll have to give it a try now!

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Love these!! I bought these taguas to make similar earrings but I hadn’t considered the woolly wire! Thanks for the tip!!!!

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    Digidiva says:

    I just adore my Tagua Nut hoops. They make me feel so exotic.

  9. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Really a clever idea! Will you be getting more variety in tagua nut shapes soon? I keep checking. I like the thinner pendant shapes, the rondelles and these hoops are also very nice. I prefer the brighter colors like the yellow-green I got from you before. Marilyn T.

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