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  • SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love this, and your pendent is outstanding!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
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    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
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  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

Autumn


About this design:

Last week I decided I needed to learn how to make an ear cuff. I started simply with just wire then added some curls. Over the course of 5 or 6 days I went from simple designs to more complex ones with beads.

One thing I learned from all of this is it's hard to fit an ear cuff to your own ear.

Components:

16ga copper wire, crab fire agate beads

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Great idea, Nancy — these always look so cool on other people (not moi 8) )! Love those crab agates with the copper wire! :D

  2. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks Lynn. I used Czech FP beads for my first beaded one. Wore it for several hours at the farmers market last Friday and it was quite comfortable. Now all I need is a “duty ear” so I can make sure the shape of this one and any others that I make will look right.

    The picture below is the one I wore to the farmers market.

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  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Oooooh, I love this color combo, too! Since my ear lobes are double-pierced, I always wear two pairs of earrings each day (1 posts, 1 danglies). I’ve never worn an ear cuff, but think the look is great and seems to be very popular. :D I seem to remember that you don’t wear earrings, Nancy. Is that still correct? 8)

  4. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    You are right, Lynn. I don’t have pierced ears and clip-on and screw back ear rings are too uncomfortable. So that leaves ear cuffs or nothing. :D

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    JC Hamm says:

    I love this look. Very popular now. Love the fire agate. :)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Very cool, Nancy!
    I saw some at an Art fair last weekend. But they all seemed pretty large to me.
    Like you, I don’t wear earrings. You’ll have to let me know how well you like wearing them.

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    This is cool, love the beads too :)

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Mary, I wore the turquoise glass one (shown above) for almost a whole day on Friday and completely forgot I had it on until I hugged my son. :)

    Ear cuffs can be made quite small and if you want a little bling 6/0 seed beads will work great on 18ga wire. The instructions I found were for 20ga but it seemed to be a bit flimsy to me. I just measured one of my smaller ear cuffs is a shade over 1 inch wide and looks quite dainty.

    Give it a try. Copper and brass wire aren’t too expensive so if you goof you haven’t lost much. I’m still trying to master the technique with variable results. :D

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    A Southers says:

    I love these…they will make awesome gifts for my granddaughters, ages 3 to 12…actually all the females of all ages in my family! I know that even my 73 yr old mother would wear this. Thanks!

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