DIY: Feather Ear Cuff

Introduction: DIY: Feather Ear Cuff

About: I'm an artist who loves making pretty things! I have a gorgeous chocolate lab who accompanies me on hair-brained projects. I love the beach and I love crafting.I also run a crafting blog and and an etsy shop.

DIY: Feather Hair Cuff

I've been seeing these everywhere and I decided I would try to make my own version of a feather ear cuff. I had a lot of fun making this and I hope you enjoy it! Also this a great gift for any one without pierced ears. 

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Step 1: The Supplies and Tools

12 Gauge Wire
16 Gauge Wire
22 Gauge Wire
Jump rings
Eyelit pins

Pliers roundtip 
Wire Clippers 
File or Sand paper

Step 2: Shaping the Ear Cuff

1, To start measure out a six inch piece of 12 gauge wire and clip it.

2. Next Bend the wire to fit around your ear, use your ear as reference. I slowly adjusted the wire as bent it to fit the contour of my ear.  

3.Then bend the excess into a swirl on both ends.  Clip any undesired excess off.

Step 3: Attaching the Jump Rings

1. Thread the 16 gauge wire around the cuff and jump ring. 

2. Wrap the wire around the jump ring and ea cuff several times to secure the ring in place.

3. Clip off any excess and sand down any rough edges.

4. Repeat until all five jump rings are attached.

Step 4: Prep the Feathers

1. Select the feathers, you'd like to use, then add a small amount of glue to the top of one feather.

2. Then press feathers together and set aside to let dry. 

3. Repeat this step until you have five sets of feathers drying.

Step 5: Wire Wrapping the Feathers

1. Using the Roundtip pliers bend a six inch piece of 22 gauge wire as shown in the picture.

2. Place your feathers slightly below the loop you created and wrap the wire around the feathers and the base of the loop.

3. Use your pliers to tuck the end of the wire and set completed piece aside.

4. Repeat this step until all feathers are wrapped.

Step 6: Attaching Beads and Chain

1. Cut chain into 5 pieces, measuring 5 inches each.

2. Attach eyelit to a jump ring on the ear cuff and slide a bead onto to the pin.

3.Cut off about a half inch, or less from the bottom of the pin with wire cutters. Then using round tip pliers bend the bottom of the pin around the tip of the pliers. Before closing off the loop attach a length of chain.

4. Attach another eyelit to the bottom of the chain, adding another bead.

5. Before closing off the pin add one of the completed feather pieces from the previous step. 

6. Repeat this process until all the jump rings have a length of chain, feathers and beads.

Step 7: Finish!

There you have it! Now you can take this project and make it however you like, There are so many variations withe beads, colors, feathers. Also you coil the wire makes loops in the cuff, solder   the rings the on. I also thought about gluing rhinestones to the curled ends of the cuff. Enjoy the project!

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    Question 5 months ago on Step 3

    In step 3, adding jump rings.. How do you keep the ear cuff and jump wire still enough while trying to bend the 16 gauge around them?? I’m finding it very difficult. Any tips??

    I've been wanting to make my own ear cuff for a while! Thanks for sharing; these are very beautiful!