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Ear Cuffs


About this design:

Here are the ear cuffs. They are a mixed bag of beads and designs. I make them as singles cause making a matched pair or a pair that looks like they go together is complicated. I'm retired and refuse to deal with complicated things. (Actually I'm too lazy to make pairs.)

Some of the cuffs are curved and some are more or less straight. They are adjustable so they can be made to fit the ear of the wearer. It helps if you have some one to make the adjustments the first time you put them on.

They look like weird bugs in the group photo.

Components:

18ga copper wire, 20ga brass wire, rhyolite, crystal, agate, Czech luster glass and vintage Japanese resin beads

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  1. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Wow these do look complicated! Having said that, your wiring is awesome! It took me a minute to picture how it would work. I especially like the one with the pale blue bead. Are these suppose to go from ear lobe to up and around? My dtr would love something like this. Awesome work!.

  2. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Robin, they aren’t as complicated as they look. It is all of the loops and circles that make it look complicated. When you wear them they fit above the ear lobe. The long ones curve from about the center of the rim of the ear up and down to the ear lobe. I need a picture of someone wearing one. It is easier to show how to wear one than than it is to describe.

  3. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Robin and everyone interested in making an ear cuff here is a web site to check out: youtube earcuff#57. There are about a bazillion other tutorials associated with this site. Check it out.

    Once a teacher always a teacher, Anyone who asks me a simple question is likely to get a half dozen pages of information and references. :)

  4. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Beautiful art for the ears! Very cool–Love the swirly designs. I’ll have to check out those videos too. You create a lot of designs with wire–do you buy it bulk somewhere?

  5. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Crystal Canary, I buy most of my wire by the pound from Rio Grade. I use their 24ga, 18ga. 16ga and 14ga. Some sizes I buy by the 4oz spool, 20ga and 22ga. I buy both copper and red brass. The 12ga cu. I buy at Home Depot by the foot. Rio sells 1 lb. of wire on the large diameter spools which makes it easier to straighten.

  6. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    LRC, Thanks for the info. I’ve had a Rio Grande catalogue for years, but have not purchased from them yet. It’s good to know the wire can be bought in larger quantities & I’m sure of good quality. I end up with so much scrap wire it’s terrible. Sometimes I think I just over work it and then am not satisfied. Honing the skills is the key, which I have not done yet. Practice, practice, practice….! :)

  7. kye
    kye says:

    These are so neat! You’ve made such a fun variety too. I’ll have to check out YouTube to see what they look like on the ear. Very cool!

  8. tomasina
    tomasina says:

    WOW! I”m glad I asked – these ate gorgeous!

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