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Ear cuff jewelry is a great option for women and girls who want to where earrings but do not have pierced ears. Ear cuff jewelry hugs the ear and does not require the use of pierced or clip on findings. This tutorial will explain how to use wire and beads to create ear cuff jewelry.
Things You'll Need: wire wrapping tools sterling silver or gold filled wire pencil or dowel
Step 1: Cut two and one half (2-1/2) inches 20 gauge surgical steel, sterling silver or gold filled wire with your wire cutters.
Step 2: Finish the ends. You can create simple ends for your ear cuff jewelry by filing the ends smooth with a needle file, cup burr or wire rounder. You can create fancy ends for your ear cuff jewelry by burning the end of the wire until it creates a ball. If you chose to create a balled end then you will need to add an inch or two to your wire so that the wire with finished end is about two and one half (2-1/2) inches.
Step 3: Create a loop on either end of the wire with your needle nose pliers.
Step 4: Measure 3/4 of an inch from the end of one wire and create a "U" shaped bend using your needle nose pliers.
Step 5: Repeat on the other side of the wire.
Step 6: Wrap the formed wire around a pencil or other dowel into the shape you want for your ear cuff jewelry. You may need to hit the ear cuff jewelry gently with a raw hide or plastic mallet to form the ear cuff to your specifications.
Step 7: Test the ear cuff jewelry and adjust the size as needed.
Step 8: Place the ear cuff jewelry into your tumbler to harden the wire and prevent it from becoming misshapen during use.
Tips & Warnings
This design is for a very simple type of ear cuff jewelry.
You can create your own design by adding wiggles or shapes to the wire. You can also change the look of your ear cuff jewelry by adding beaded drops.
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