Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. An ear cuff is a great way to decorate ears that have not been pierced.
Dangle Ear Cuff
by Albina Manning
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
An ear cuff is a great way to decorate ears that have not been pierced. To wear one, the center of this design wraps around the center of the ear, easy! Variations can be made that incorporate all types of beads, crystals, chain, etc.
Special Instructions: Although this design is for one ear cuff and two are shown in the photo, if you choose to make a matching pair, make both ear cuffs at the same time, working one step on one cuff and then mirroring the same step on the other.

Materials

20 Gauge Round Dead Soft 14/20 Gold Filled Wire
H4-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 15.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 25FT
  • Price: $103.11
  • Gold Club Price: $77.34
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Gold Filled Filigree Bead Caps 8mm - Pack of 1
J9-351
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 4.00 pieces
  • Price: $2.07
  • Gold Club Price: $1.55
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Gold Filled Corrugated Roundel 4mm - Pack of 5
J9-347
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Price: $5.27
  • Gold Club Price: $3.95
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African Turquoise 6mm Round Beads - 8 Inch Strand
A1-734
  • Lesson Quantity: 3.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.07
  • Gold Club Price: $4.55
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Tools

Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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5 Piece Steel Mandrel Set
G7-5
  • G7-5
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.97
  • Gold Club Price: $6.73
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12 Inch Stainless Steel Ruler
G7-30
  • G7-30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.23
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Marker -extra fine
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Instructions
Step 1
Using the very tip of your round nose pliers, make a P-loop on the end of the 15" (25cm) round wire. Continue coiling with the round nose pliers until you have one and a half coils. Now, hold the loop with flat nose pliers and gradually spin one more spiral.
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 2
When you have 2 1/2 spirals, grab the wire with your round nose pliers as shown. Bend the wire and make half a coil.
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 3
From the center of the spiral, measure 1/2" (13mm) down the straight wire and use round nose pliers to make a bend, heading back towards the spiral.
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 4
From the curve just made, measure down the straight wire about 1" and use round nose pliers to make another bend, heading up and away from the spiral. (The spiral should now be located midway between both curves).
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 5
Measure down the straight wire about 1" and make a 90° bend heading up and away. Measure 2 inches up this new angle and cut. Slide a 6mm round bead and a 6mm bead cap onto this wire (which is now the top of the ear cuff).
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 6
From the top end of the wire, make a coil, heading down toward and ending at, the top of the bead cap
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 7
With the very tip of round nose pliers, grab the wire immediately under the spiral and bow the spiral, so it is centered.
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 8
Place this half-finished ear cuff on round mandrel (or a pen) and start shaping it. You may want to round the cuff in parts (wire, spiral, and beaded spiral). Round the back of the cuff as well.
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 9
Your ear cuff should now look like this. Try it on and adjust the cuff to comfortably fit your ear. It can now be worn as it is, or you can continue and add a matching dangle.
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 10
On the remaining round wire, make a 3 1/2 turned spiral
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 11
Use flat nose pliers to make a 90 degree bend at the center, top of the spiral.
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 12
Add the remaining bead selection and use round nose pliers to form a simple loop at the top, perpendicular to the direction of the spiral.
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,
Step 13
Use the loop to attach the dangle to the bottom of the ear cuff.
Albina Manning's Dangle Ear Cuff - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry,