How to make your own ear cuff

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How to make your own ear cuff
Ear cuffs provide an alternative to earrings. (Decorative earrings image by TekinT from Fotolia.com)

Pierced or clip earrings can add a polished finishing touch to an ensemble. An ear cuff provides another option for making an individual fashion statement, and it is a simple task to create a one-of-a-kind jewellery piece.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Wire cutters
  • 20-gauge jewellery wire
  • Jewellery or nail file
  • Jewellery pliers, both chain-nosed and flat-nosed
  • Wood scrap
  • Ball peen hammer
  • Mandrel or dowel
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Beads
  • Head pin
  • Jump ring

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut 2 1/2 inches of wire, and file the ends smooth.

  2. 2

    Make a pencil mark about 3/4 inch from each end. Use the chain-nosed pliers to bend the wire in opposite directions at each mark.

  3. 3

    Make a closed loop at one end of the wire. Make a wrapped loop at the other.

  4. 4

    Place the wire on the wood scrap. Gently hammer the piece with the flat head of the hammer to flatten the wire. If desired, use the ball peen to create texture on the flattened wire.

  5. 5

    Bend the piece around the mandrel to form a curve.

  1. 1

    Cut 3 inches of wire, and file the ends smooth.

  2. 2

    Make a pencil mark 3/4 inch from one end; make a second mark 1 inch from the first mark. Bend the wire in opposite directions at both marks.

  3. 3

    Make a closed loop at the short end of the wire.

  4. 4

    Use the chain-nosed pliers to make a small loop at the other end of the wire. With the flat-nosed pliers, curve the wire into a spiral.

  5. 5

    Place the wire on the wood scrap and use the rawhide mallet to work-harden the wire. Instead, if you prefer, you may use a ball peen hammer to flatten or add texture to the wire.

  6. 6

    Bend the piece around the mandrel to form a curve.

  7. 7

    String the beads on the head pin. Make a wrapped loop in the end of the pin.

  8. 8

    Attach a jump ring to the loop in the head pin and to the cuff's spiral.

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