Introduction: Swirled Wire Ear Cuff

Ear cuffs: a piece of ear jewellery that, unlike regular earrings, does not require pierced ears.

For someone that really likes jewellery but doesn't have piercings, it's quite a nice alternative. But, where do you find them?

Google images gives you lots of results and I'm sure that there are jewellery stores that sell them as well. However, those
don't give you a lot of choice, so the perfect solution is to make one yourself :)

I really enjoyed making these, I'm definitely going to try a bit of a more complicated design as well. I hope you' ll like it!

Step 1: Materials

To create your own ear cuff, you will need:

- wire, gauge 19/ 1 mm

- pliers

- (optional) a bead

Step 2: Cutting the Wire

Start by cutting off a piece of wire. Before starting to make your ear cuff, you'll need to be sure both ends are cut straight. You can see the difference in the second and third picture.

Step 3: Beginning

Take your round nose pliers and bend the beginning of the wire into a small loop, using just the tips of your pliers. Next, place the largest part ( or an other part if your pliers are bigger) of your pliers next to the small loop and bend a second, bigger loop.

Step 4: Wrappable Bits

Now before bending loop number three, let the wire go straight for a bit. This straight part needs to be long enough to wrap around one of the sides of your ear. Bend loop number three and let the wire go to the other side before creating loop number four, which will also need to be long enough to wrap around one of the sides of your ear.

Step 5: Swirling Back

This next loop sits basicallh next to the small loop you started with, only now it is created using the largest part of your pliers. After that, keep your pliers in place as shown and wrap loop number six. around the other side of your pliers.

Step 6: More Swirls

Continue using the technique explained last step to make this swirly downwards bit until you almost run out of wire or until you think it is long enough.

Step 7: Adding a Bead

This step is completely optional, just do whatever you like most. Loosely bend the wire in position first, then add a bead and make sure it doesn't fall off.

Step 8: Bending

Using both your hands and the round nose pliers, gently bend the two long loops first. After that, you can shape it more and more bit by bit. Once you think it's bended enough, try it on. After that you can make small adjustments until it fits.

Step 9: Finished

And that's all!

I really hope you liked this project, if you did I'd love to know :).

Comments

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shermanduke (author)2016-09-11

As an alternative to a bead try a button.

I am making jewelry with some right now.

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Sounds great!

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LanaiDemise (author)2016-06-17

Do you know what hardness of wire you use? I know there are different kinds.

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I believe this is just middle hard wire

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Simran Sharma (author)2016-08-07

Happy friendship day Emily:)

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KMW333 (author)2016-05-06

Very nice design! How much wire do you suggest for this cuff? Is 7 or 8 inches enough?

Thanks, Kathleen W.

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emilyvanleemput (author)KMW3332016-06-01

Thank you! I think that should be enough : )

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JoeH86 (author)2016-01-18

Thanks so much!! I love this idea and it looks gorgeous!!!!

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emilyvanleemput (author)JoeH862016-06-01

Thank you!

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fluffy owl (author)2016-01-18

Lovely design with a clear description; I must try to make one of these.

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Thank you! I'd love to hear how it turns out : )

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Simran Sharma (author)2015-10-30

oh wow so beautiful

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Thanks!

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FayeT1 (author)2015-09-19

So going to try these!! I have been wanting to make cuffs, but have not found good instructions like yours. Thank you.

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emilyvanleemput (author)FayeT12015-10-04

I'd love to see how it turns out : )

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2015-04-29

Wow! Definitely making this one! It looks great em!

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kruth1 (author)Muhaiminah Faiz2015-07-16

Very nice! Thank you!

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Thank you so much Muhna!!

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hlng0402 (author)2015-04-30

I just made one, but it couldn't stay on very well... Any tips, please? They just look too good not to make!! ;)

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emilyvanleemput (author)hlng04022015-05-05

If it doesn't stay on very well, the bit you wrap around your ear is probably either too long or too short. You could try bending just the part that wraps around your ear first with different lengths, then you know how long to make it and you can use that length for the ear cuff. Hope that helps!

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hlng0402 (author)emilyvanleemput2015-05-05

Oh okay! Thanks for the advice! :D

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PDXHICKS (author)2015-05-03

Very pretty ear cuff and your instructions were easy to follow. Can't wait to give this a try.

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emilyvanleemput (author)PDXHICKS2015-05-05

Thank you : )

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Annabeth526 (author)2015-04-30

Really neat. This would definetly be something that I would do.

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Thank you!

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rickkeil (author)2015-04-29

Very good instructable! Do they stay on easily?

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emilyvanleemput (author)rickkeil2015-04-29

Thank you! They stay on unexpectedly well actually!

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BrittLiv (author)2015-04-29

Wow Emily, those are awesome!

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emilyvanleemput (author)BrittLiv2015-04-29

Thank you so much Britt!

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world of woodcraft (author)2015-04-29

lovely work. thank you for shareing

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You're welcome!

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hunter999 (author)2015-04-28

That's actually pretty cool!

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Thank you : D !

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HeatherP2 (author)2015-04-28

Pretty!

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Thanks :)

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cimbru (author)2015-04-28

Nice!

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emilyvanleemput (author)cimbru2015-04-29

Thanks!

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tinycatd (author)2015-04-28

Awesome! Love it. It is a good alteritive.

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emilyvanleemput (author)tinycatd2015-04-29

Thank you!

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JRV31 (author)2015-04-28

This reminds me of the time my daughter found my silver solder wire and used it up making jewelry.

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emilyvanleemput (author)JRV312015-04-29

A creative mind can't be stopped ;)

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manchas (author)2015-04-27

Cute

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emilyvanleemput (author)manchas2015-04-29

Thanks!

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sabina delpinoh (author)2015-04-27

Great job! Looks awesome....

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Thank you :D!

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NathanSellers (author)2015-04-27

This is great. My daughter would love something like this. Your wire work is great.

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Thank you so much!

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ashleyjlong (author)2015-04-27

I was just thinking of making some tragus cuffs the other day. I've never gotten my ears pierced and it's nice to see creative options out there me. Thanks for sharing these techniques!

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Yes, it's a great alternative with a lot of posibilities!

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Nice, very creative! I have my ears pierced (in several places) but I still would totally wear these!

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