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Make a Quick and Easy Ear Wire

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In this instructable, I'll be showing you how to make simple ear decorations that fit well with a fantasy or steampunk theme. This simple, easy to make piece is different, exotic, and can be modified in any way you'd like. The base frame takes less than 20 minutes, and decorating the wire shouldn't take too much longer. Anyone with a little experience working with wire can do this project.
It’s actually pretty easy to make these ear cuffs and to make them look nice, but if the first one you make doesn’t look great, that’s ok, you can always just make another one, they’re so easy and quick to put together. They do not require your ear to be pierced, and can be very comfortable to wear if made properly.

there are a few styles:
*simple swirl
*swirl with middle cuff
*front (with cuffs)
the decorations I've used:
*plain
*wire wrap
*charms
*chain

We'll be making a simple swirl in the main part of this instructable,but I will also cover adding cuffs and beaded charms.
 
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Step 1: Things you'll need

Pictured are the tools I use to make all of my ear wires, but you can make do with:
* pliers
   - Round-nose (super-useful for making loops and curves)
   - Flat or needle nose pliers, for holding things.
   - Wire Cutter to cut wire.
   - I recommend at least one other pliers, I'm using another round nose

* wire of some kind. 20-25 gauge works best for the base, this wire is 20gauge.
* optional: beads for charms, a thinner wire for wrapping, chain, etc.

love swirls! nice intructions, great work :)

hardlec1 year ago
Have you ever used this technique to hold a bluetooth in place?
CotR (author)  hardlec1 year ago
No, I've never owned a bluetooth headset, but I don't see why you couldn't adapt it to work.
hardlec1 year ago
Have you ever used this technique to hold a bluetooth in place?
silverton902 years ago
Thank you for this Awesome project! my girlfriend doesn't wear earrings of any sort, (she hasn't pierced her ears either) and this is Perfect! thank you So much for posting this instructible!
i do have a question though, do you need to have her around for making it the correct size for her ear? or can i make it to my own size and when i present it to her "fit" it to her ear?
thanks in advance =)
CotR (author)  silverton902 years ago
If your ears are about the same size, your wire is relatively soft, and the design you're doing isn't too complicated, it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

However, the more 'off' the fit, the more uncomfortable it'll be if she wears it for long periods of time. That's why i try to always make it with the person it's made for there to fine-tune it.

I hope that helps,
~Cotr
THRE33 years ago
Excellent. I love making stuff for my girlfriend and this just made its way to next on my list of ideas for her. :)
Thank you.
Kiteman3 years ago
Cool, I think you've just solved the problem of what to make for my sister's Christmas present (you missed her birthday by a few weeks...).

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