okay, i now these have like never been in style but i looooove them! i have a huge collection and i thought it would be so cool to wear some i made. there are a designers on etsy who have some incredible ones, in fact i just bought two from Sunnny Skies Studios. they are beautiful but require welding or soldering i think. i was hoping for something more along the lines of wire working or even bead stitching. any websites or patterns would be great. thanks everyone!
I agree, there are some gorgeous pieces on Etsy. I know them as 'ear vines', so I searched on Etsy for them and found these : http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=tag_title&search_query=earvines
You probably already saw these, but I am trying to help!!
thanks Erin. yeah, i've heard earvines, body cuffs, the list goes on... i don't think iv'e thought of searching earvines, i'll check out the link. thanks again!
I found this free ear cuff pattern on the wigjig homepage:
It's very easy and versatile, but maybe not what you search for.
More patterns from wigjig:
thanks livewire and dagmar. i've been looking for an excuse to use my jig again! dagmar, those designs are lovley, i don't think i've ever seen a cuff that swoops over the earlobe like that, they look simple enough to try. the designs livewire sent are great as well. thanks for your help!
Oh, I found another one:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17498104 this one looks easy enough to do!
i think a 6 cm mandrel would do. you need to find out the circumference of a 6cm mandrell, then set up your jig at that length (x cm), take 20-18 ga wire, make a coil, place it in the middle of the two jigs, make a figure 8, and end it with another coil. i try to illustrate it a bit.
after you're done, shape it into a circle using that 6 cm mandrel. :)
i'm sure after you master a simple cuff, ideas would come. as for soldering substitution, you can use thin wire (28-26 ga) to tie up the area that supposedly soldered. dead soft would work best i'd think.
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Bah!! I make earcuffs! But I'm new to this and I have no idea how to explain it. I just bend wire. I had one on my Etsy site but it sold and I havent posted another. Ummm... I can give it a shot. I use 24 gauge wire. About an 8 inch piece. Bend it in half, this will make your cuff. About an inch down from center, bend each side back up, it should look like a "W". I add beads here. On each side I put a cap,bead,cap. 4mm works well. Then you are going to bend the wire back down, tight against the beads. Then spiral the remaining wire up towards the beads. I then bend the cuff part around my pinky, so it actually looks like a cuff. I dangle beads off the spirals and add chain long enough to connect an earring to it. It's quite pretty. I will get my hubby to post one sometime this week on my etsy page. southernsparklies.com
I hope I explained it well enough for you to make it. Good Luck. It's really quite simple to do.
My grandaughter loves them too. I found some tutorials on YouTube.
I recently "Googled" !.Wing backs( a 1940's style of Ear Cuff.1. Ear Cuff There is a ton of Free tutorials. A friend, uses a yellow #2 pencil to shape the wire. to bend the wire.
Play around with different Gauge fo wire. I will have to make one and post a Picture of my Favorite.
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Wow! you have some beautiful Pieces of Jewelry on your web site. I love your Ear Cuffs! Good tutorial too.
Its probably no different from others you have found, but I liked some on Etsy by AmeliaLune. She has tutorials
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Thanks for reminding me, I had forgotten about Amelialune Ear Cuff Tutorial. It is easy to follow too.