Swirled Wire Ear Cuff

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Introduction: Swirled Wire Ear Cuff

About: Master student Industrial Design & Science Education and Communication at Eindhoven University of Technology As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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 :).

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    53 Discussions

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    sharlady9
    sharlady9

    7 weeks ago

    I am quite new to wire jewelry. I LOVE these ear cuffs. Can you give instructions at what length for the bends? Thank you so much.

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    tmross4
    tmross4

    Tip 2 years ago on Introduction

    I would add a drop instead of a bead. You could add one at each end!

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    shermanduke
    shermanduke

    4 years ago

    As an alternative to a bead try a button.

    I am making jewelry with some right now.

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    LanaiDemise
    LanaiDemise

    4 years ago

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

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    emilyvanleemput
    emilyvanleemput

    Reply 4 years ago

    I believe this is just middle hard wire

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    Simran Sharma
    Simran Sharma

    4 years ago

    Happy friendship day Emily:)

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    KMW333
    KMW333

    4 years ago

    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
    emilyvanleemput

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thank you! I think that should be enough : )

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    JoeH86
    JoeH86

    4 years ago

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

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    fluffy owl
    fluffy owl

    4 years ago

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

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    emilyvanleemput
    emilyvanleemput

    Reply 4 years ago

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

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    Simran Sharma
    Simran Sharma

    5 years ago

    oh wow so beautiful

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    FayeT1
    FayeT1

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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
    emilyvanleemput

    Reply 5 years ago

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

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    kruth1
    kruth1

    Reply 5 years ago

    Very nice! Thank you!

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    emilyvanleemput
    emilyvanleemput

    Reply 5 years ago

    Thank you so much Muhna!!