I first learned to make these earrings from a tutorial by Denise Peck in her book "Wire Style" I love this book and would suggest that you check it out.
The other day I was working at the WV Highland Galery and a customer was looking for a mate to an earring she lost. It turned out it was one of my earrings. I opened my laptop and began helping her to identify it in my earring photo file and it turned out to be the crossed hoop earring. I promised the lady that I would make a replacement pair for her. Then began my thinking. So I pulled out the tutorial by Denise Peck. As I was making the earrings I decided to take some pictures of each step in the process. Those extra pictures always help me when I need to recreate a piece of jewelry.
Since I was going to write a tutorial for myself, with extra pictures, I thought that I'd post them here, just in case it would be helpful to someone else.
16 gauage copper wire, but silver looks terrific, too.
2 ear wires
Heavy duty flush cutters
1" diameter dowel, or find this spot on a ring mandrel.
Small stepper plyers or a 3 1/2 mm mandrel