How to Make Ear Cuff Jewelry

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Ear cuffs, or ear climbers, are accessories designed to adorn the edge of the ear. These unconventional jewelry pieces aren't usually worn in pairs like traditional earrings. Because ear cuffs make such a statement, it is acceptable to wear only one. To make your own ear cuff, you need basic jewelry-making supplies.

You can craft ear cuff jewelry with wire, gems and earring components.
You can craft ear cuff jewelry with wire, gems and earring components. (Image: How to Make Ear Cuff Jewelry)

Things You'll Need

  • 12-gauge flat wire 
  • Measuring tape
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Clip-on earring
  • Earring post and backing
  • Strong craft glue
  • Flat-back gems
Look for flat-back gems in the scrapbook or jewelry section of a craft store.
Look for flat-back gems in the scrapbook or jewelry section of a craft store. (Image: How to Make Ear Cuff Jewelry)

Step 1

Using the cutting portion of the jewelry pliers, cut a strand of flat wire measuring 1 3/4 inches.

Place the wire between the cutting portion of the pliers.
Place the wire between the cutting portion of the pliers. (Image: How to Make Ear Cuff Jewelry)
Squeeze the handles of the pliers together to cut the wire
Squeeze the handles of the pliers together to cut the wire (Image: How to Make Ear Cuff Jewelry)

Step 2

Curve the wire by bending each end upwards. The curved wire lines up with the curved edge of your ear.

Bend the wire to curve it to roughly the shape of the outer edge of your ear.
Bend the wire to curve it to roughly the shape of the outer edge of your ear. (Image: How to Make Ear Cuff Jewelry)

Step 3

Determine the placement of each gem.

Plan the sequence of gems before you glue them down.
Plan the sequence of gems before you glue them down. (Image: How to Make Ear Cuff Jewelry)

Step 4

Glue the gems to the wire. Leave it to dry completely.

Do not touch the ear cuff while it dries.
Do not touch the ear cuff while it dries. (Image: How to Make Ear Cuff Jewelry)

Step 5

Turn the ear cuff upside down, exposing the back side of the wire. To make a cuff for the right ear, glue the earring post on the left end. Glue the clip-on earring on the right end. To make a cuff for the left ear, glue the earring post on the right end. Glue the clip-on earring on the left end. Make sure the hinge of the clip-on earring lines up with the "outside" edge of the curved wire.

The placement of the earring post and clip-on earring determines which ear the cuff can be worn on.
The placement of the earring post and clip-on earring determines which ear the cuff can be worn on. (Image: How to Make Ear Cuff Jewelry )

To wear the ear cuff, insert the earring post through the pierced hole in your ear. Attach the backing to the earring post. Open the clip-on earring and attach to your upper ear.

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