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Instructions for making Ear Cuff Earrings out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools

Wire Ear Cuff Finding Jewelry Making Project

What do you need if you want to wear the earrings using the jewelry making instructions by WigJig, but you do not have pierced ears?  The answer is simple -- you need an ear cuff like the one shown at right.  The ear cuff is a "C" shaped piece of jewelry wire, worn over and behind each ear, with loops on both ends.  Either or both loops can be used to hang an earring body from one's ear.  In the picture at right, the lower loop is used and from a distance, the ear cuff would be invisible, but the earring would be easily seen. 

An ear cuff can be made of any color of jewelry wire.  The greenish wire shown here was chosen for this project specifically because it could be photographed easily.  For most, an unobtrusive color of jewelry wire like gold-filled or sterling silver jewelry wire would be a better choice than the green wire. 

This ear cuff design is a beginner's jewelry making project.

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 14 inches of 16 or 18 gauge jewelry wire
  • Other supplies as necessary to make the earring body. 
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Ruler
  • Step Jaw Pliers
  • WigJig Cyclops, Electra or Centaur jewelry tool
  • 2 1/2" Super Pegs for the jig you use.  (Or 1 1/2" and 1 7/16")
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to straighten jewelry wire using nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool.
     
  • Ability to cut jewelry wire using flush cutter jewelry tool. 
     
  • Ability to make loops in jewelry wire using round nose pliers or step jaw pliers jewelry tools.
     
  • Ability to make jewelry wire components by wrapping wire on a WigJig jewelry making tool.
     
  • Ability to connect jewelry wire components by opening and closing loops using bent chain nose pliers jewelry tool. 
Wire Ear Cuff Finding Jewelry Making Project peg pattern showing jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step-by-step instructions for making Ear Cuff Earrings using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Cut a piece of 16 or 18 gauge jewelry wire 6 inches long. 

Step 2:  Make a loop in the end of the jewelry wire with the flush cut.

Step 3:  Hold the jewelry wire by the loop and straighten the wire by pulling it repeatedly through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.

Step 4:  Position pegs 1 through 6 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown above-right.  Pegs 1, 3, 4, and 5 are regular metal pegs for your jewelry making jig.  Pegs 2 and 6 are Super Pegs for your WigJig Centaur (shown) or WigJig Cyclops or Electra jewelry making jigs.  If you have two 1/2" Super Pegs use both as pegs 2 and 6.  If you only have one 1/2" Super Peg, use it for peg 6 and use a 7/16" Super Peg for peg 2.  (Peg 6 is at the bottom of the ear.)  The pattern shown is for a normal sized ear.  Actually, it is for my ear and at 6'3" Wire Ear Cuff Finding Jewelry Making Project Step 5 showing jewelry wire after removal from WigJig jewelry tool.tall, my ear is normal to me, but probably larger than most peoples ear.  You may find that you want to move pegs 1, 2, and 6 closer together by one peg hole each.  When you have your pegs in position, place  your initial loop on peg 1 and wrap the jewelry wire around the remaining pegs as shown. 

Step 5:  Remove your wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  At this point, it should appear as shown at left.  Position this jewelry wire over one of your ears to determine where to make a loop in the end of the wire so that the loop would rest approximately where the hole in a pierced ear would be on your ear. 

Step 6:  Using your round nose pliers make the final loop in the jewelry wire. 

 
Wire Ear Cuff Finding Jewelry Making Project Step 7 showing jewelry wire configurations.

Step 7:  After completing the second loop in your ear cuff, cut the excess wire using your flush cutter and close that final loop using your bent chain nose pliers. 

Step 8:  Both the initial loop and the final loop need to be bent slightly up so that they will be comfortable to wear.  When lying flat on the table as shown at right, both the loops for the left and for the right ear cuff will be raised off the table.  Adjusting the ear cuff so that it is comfortable to wear is done by trial and error.  You may need to bend the top and bottom of the ear cuff so that WigJig Ear Cuff Earrings made out of jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies. they are either closer together, or further apart depending on which is more appropriate for the cuff to fit your ear. 

Step 9: When you have the size of the ear cuff adjusted correctly, so that it is comfortable to wear and is easy to put on, then connect the bottom loop in the ear cuff to your earring body.  Generally this connection would be made by a figure 8 connector made out of jewelry wire or a modified figure 8 connector.

Make a second ear cuff using the same steps, but bend the initial and final loops up in the opposite direction so that you get two mirror image ear cuffs as shown above-right. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

An ear cuff is an interesting way to be able to wear the unique earring designs on our web site without having pierced ears.  These ear cuffs are comfortable to wear and can accommodate almost any earring design.  This is a jewelry making project that you should consider for that relative or friend who doesn't have pierced ears. 

 

 

 



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