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Mehtare
« on: February 04, 2005 10:18:09 AM »

Hi all!

I used to wear several small, simple ear cuffs. I'm an actor, so I'm hesitant to pierce anything, and ear cuffs were a perfect solution. However, I spent a summer working at a camp in the US, and through various adventures (some G-rated, some not...<grins devilishly>), I lost ALL of them. I searched jewellery shops everywhere and couldn't find any! ARGH! Any ideas on how to make them? I'm talking about little plain hoop-type ones, not wide flat hoops, but just thin ones. I guess I could always wait till I'm back at camp and talk to the silversmith there (it's an arts camp)... but I want them now! Smiley Any help would be appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2005 10:42:56 AM »

can you shape something w/ sterling silver wire? or were they thicker than that?
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2005 02:08:14 PM »

I could probably find wire thick enough, but I think the ends would dig into my ears. Maybe I could twist them into a spiral or something. Argh! Why did I have to lose them? They were SO great!
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2005 02:17:41 PM »

i wear ear-cuffs too, right now i have two of them.  anyways, i bought both of them at "claire's" at the mall, the cheap accessories store.  if you dont have a claire's maybe we can work something out and i can send you one or two.  let me know
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2005 08:52:42 PM »

Years ago, in a crafting store in North Carolina, I special ordered some plain ear cuffs with a single small hole at the middle bottom.  (At the time, I was making and selling various types of ear cuff rings with dangling chains that connected...for eample: a vine that twisted from cuff to ear lobe).  Anyway, you could only order them in bulk, so I still have quite a few.  If you don't mind the fact that there is a hole, just send me your address by PM and I can send you a couple.

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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2005 07:11:52 AM »

well i dont know where you live...but i live in indiana and there are several "flea markets" around us where a bunch of people get rid of junk and alot of times you can find really cool indian jewlery and some neat neaklaces and i find ear cuffs all the time. but yet again you have to live in the right area in order to find one of these kind of "flea markets"!!!! if you do live in the mid-west of probaly the south you can find some. ones around me are.......Richwood flea market (in kentucky), traders world (in ohio) friendship (only comes a couple times a year! i love this one it is really cool. you can camp here in tepes and other really neat things like that. this is my favorite. they sell alot of old, antique indian stuff. in ohio...i think), middletwn flea market (in ohio)brookville flea market (in indiana).

hope i have been helpful!!!!! sorry if not. if you dont live around here take a road trip.... it should be worth it!!!!!!! Grin Cheesy Wink Smiley Cool
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2005 11:21:49 PM »


Not sure I understand exactly what kind or style of ear cuffs you want (I know nothing about ear cuffs lol) but below are  links to several tutorials that might help you if you want to try making some.

One key to not having wire catch or poke is to file any cut ends (you can find a variety of metal files in any hardware store or large crafts store) or to use a handy-dandy little jeweller's tool called a cup burr. Online or real world bead shops should have them, possibly also some large crafts stores.

With some styles you might also be able to pound the wiree ends flat (before starting the design) by using the the rounded side of some hammers -- I believe they're called ball peen hammers? -- or try a rubber mallet.


~~~ This ear cuff style is made from sterling wire but you could probably also use gold or gold-filled if you want:

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art14092.asp


~~~ This is a very simple style made with gold or gold-filled wire:

http://wire-sculpture.com/patterns/jewelrypattern112.php


~~~ Here's a very brief tutorial from an old cached something -- I don't quite understand it but since you wear ear cuffs perhaps you will, lol:

 Super super easy to make them, both out of sheet metal and wire.

 Sheet metal is a lot easier if you have a dremel or something like it,
 cut a small strip about an inch long and about 1/4 inch wide, file
 edges smooth, using a small drill bit, drill a small hole towards one
 long edge in about the middle, curve it using round nose pliers.

 For wire ear cuffs -- cut a length of 18-20 gauge wire about 3 1/2
 inches long -- using round nose pliers make a loop in the top of the
 wire and about a half inch down the wire from the loop make a bend in
 the wire -- then down another inch bend it again in the opposite
 direction, and make a loop on the bottom end.. kind of like this

   ________O
 (________________
            __________)
            O

 Curve the whole shape around a pencil to form an open C, now you have
 an earcuff to hang charms or whatever.


~~~ I think maybe the lines above would be much closer together, if not actually touching, on the real thing? Take a look at this tutorial, for example, seems quite similar ::   

http://groups.msn.com/FineWire/earcuffs.msnw


~~~ Here are some ear cuffs (instruction page links are toward the bottom of the page) that were made with a WigJig , although you might be able to make similar ones with a less expensive wire-working jig from a crafts store :

http://www.wigjig.com/jewelry-tools/WJU/jewelry/earringsrings/cuffed/


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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2005 01:55:18 AM »

~~~ Here's one more very simple brief ear cuff design using sterling wire but use whatever you want; this one shows a 'decorative' way to keep cut wire ends from poking/scratching :

http://pages.ivillage.com/libelle2/cmco/id14.html


~~~ I *know* I once saw another wider -thicker ear cuff style (just can't seem to find it again) made with thin wire ....
"Think" the wire was curved and pushed together into considerably more S shapes, thus making it thicker, then the two free ends were filed or cup-burred smooth and wrapped tightly around the middle. Had a rather 'Etruscan' look to it, as I recall.
You could also try that idea (or the one at  http://pages.ivillage.com/libelle2/cmco/id14.html ) in sterling wire then for a 2-tone-look use short pieces of even thinner wire in gold or gold-filled to wrap near the ends and-or in the middle.
 

~~~ By the way -- you can get inexpensive thin wire of almost any kind at all from a craft or hardware store and play around / experiment with it until you have a design you like & have a feel for working with wire ... 'then' move on to the more expensive sterling, gold-filled, or gold wire.  This is something even experienced wireworkers very often do themselves and always recommend to  beginners especially.


~~~ One more by-the-way and then I'll shut up, I promise, lol ... Ever heard of earpins?
Been around for maybe 6 or 8 years by now. They're for either pierced or nonpierced ears.  My ears are pierced; when I tried ear pins in the pierceings I just *hated* them -- but they were much much more comfy to me when I wore them the way a person with nonpierced ears would.

In case you don't know what they are here's a faq :

http://www.earpins.com/faq.htm


and here are some pix on pierced ears; on unpierced they simply slide on (like a bobby pin, as the faq above says) :

http://www.chapmanjewelry.com/Ear_Pins/ear_pins.html    ....    Also see the ear "wraps" at this site -- seems to me some of those styles might also be fairly easy to make yourself out of wire.
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