Friday, March 8, 2013

Our First EVER Tutorial! Make an ear cuff

Hello everyone! I had a few requests from some beading buddies to post how to make a simple but very cute ear cuff. No piercings needed here. It looks so cute on and is so comfortable that you just might forget you have it on! Since this is my (Karen - K Sr.) first one please be gentle with me but it is very easy to follow and the design has infinite possibilities!


Twisted K's Jewelry

Small Wire Ear Cuff Tutorial
Materials and tools:
6” of 18 gauge dead soft or half hard wire
Sharpie Pen
Ring Mandrel
Rawhide or wood mallet
Small beads, jump rings and 22 gauge wire for wrapping drops
Step 1. Measure 6” of 18 gauge wire and mark the center at 3”

Step 2. Make a small loop in the center where you marked the wire.
Step 3. Measure ¾” from either side of the loop with the sharpie.

 Step 4. Bend the wire at each mark taking care to bend the wire to the outside of the loop.

Step 5. Close the bends flush and make sure the wire is straight and not bent or crossing over itself.

Step 6. Cut the ends of the wire leaving ¼” extending past each bend.

Step 7. Make a small loop in each end so that the loop is even with the bend.

Step 8. Wrap the wire around the end of the sharpie as far as you can, starting in the center by the loop so that it stays round.

Step 9. Place on the end of the ring mandrel. You may have to fit it over the end. It may be a bit tight. Hammer the loops gently so that they are flush to the mandrel.

Design elements:
Make drops of your choice in colors that will compliment your wire. I use 22 gauge wire to make the drops and I use 20 gauge wire for the jump rings You can use stones, crystals, charms or anything that is not too heavy. To wear the cuff, fit the cuff over the narrow part of the center of your ear and squeeze gently until it is secure.

No part of this tutorial may be reprinted or distributed in any form without the express written consent of Karen Squillante and Twisted K’s Jewelry. All rights reserved. Copyright by Twisted K’s Jewelry and Karen Squillante, 2013.

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