Ear cuffs are all the rage right now. I was inspired by Knobbly’s beautifully simplistic metal jewelry, particularly the Sterling Silver Ear Cuff. Minimalist Ear Bar. Hammered Lines. It’s on my wishlist of things I want to buy, but I’m trying to save up for a big trip later this year, so I thought I would try making my own ear cuffs.
16 Gauge Wire– I used aluminum wire because I liked how soft the metal is. I think it’s fine for ear cuffs, but not for making rings or bracelets or other jewelry that will get rough wear. Since my ear doesn’t come into contact with many things, I thought aluminum was a safe bet.
Slim Pen or Marker- I used a crayola fine line marker, which was the perfect size for my ear.
Cup or Can
Cut a six to seven inch piece of wire. At the middle of the wire, wrap it halfway around the marker.
Use the round nose pliers to bend each half of the wire ninety degrees.
Depending on how long you want the ear cuff, go down 2″ or 3″ and bend the wire ninety degrees again.
Wrap both ends halfway around the marker.
Take the wire off the marker. Use the round nose pliers to wrap the ends around each other to secure the wire as pictures below.
Cut the excess wire with the wire cutters. Use the flat nosed pliers to make sure the cut edges are on the inside of the ear cuff so when you wear it the cut edges won’t rub on your skin.
Use a cup or can (here I used a can of spray paint) to create a bend in your wire. This won’t perfectly fit your ear.
I found that it was easiest to put in on my own ear and adjust from there.
You can make this wire ear cuff whatever length you want and it can be worn on whichever ear you want. One of the things I don’t like about some ear cuffs is that you’re limited to wearing it on one set ear.
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