I wear earrings every single day. I probably have 100 pairs. A tiny sample:
But wait just a durn minute. Those aren't earrings, are they? They don't have posts or earwires. They are just pretty dangles, with small rings at the top. Those aren't earrings!
So how do I wear them? Well, I'll tell ya. I wear them hung from the world's easiest ear cuffs.
And when I say easiest, I mean easy to make and easy to wear. Have you ever tried ear cuffs? They are so comfortable! No piercing, and no tight clip-ons. They hang in a civilized manner from the inner curve of your ear, and most of the time you can barely feel them.
So many people let piercings close up, and then stop wearing earrings. Speaking for myself, being an extreme fraidy cat, I have never pierced anything, ever. Tried numerous times. Went to the piercing parlor, sat in the chair and everything. Couldn't do it. Hence, ear cuffs!
There are lots of tutorials for complicated swoopy, scrolly ones out there on the web. Here is my minimalist version.
Start with a piece of craft wire, between 2 and 2-1/2 inches long. I like 20 gauge or 22 gauge, for the right combination of strong and flexible.
Turn a small inward loop on each end...
Make sure the two loops are on the same plane, not twisted all squeegee. Now you have this little item:
Bend it around a pen.
Then adjust it so the loops are about 1/4 inch apart.
Now comes the fun part. Just slip a dangle over one of the ends -
And there you have it! Anything with a jump ring at the top can become an earring - I love to convert vintage earrings into dangles, like this:
Or I make my own dangles from scratch.
Sometimes I get weird; this pair's made from a dollar store fly swatter:
You can do this with practically any length or size - as long as they're not too heavy, you'll be surprised by how comfy they can be. These filigree ones are huuuge:
And yet I wear them with the utmost ease.
How to wear: To put them on takes a little bit of practice. Start near the top of the ear, where it's thinnest. Then slide the cuff down until it sort of hooks itself over the cartilage above your ear lobe. (Try YouTube for lots of how-to videos.)
Say! Even if you do wear pierced earrings, why not add a pair of these cuffs for some extra va-va-voomage? Isn't this an exotic look?
Okie dokie! That's my go-to ear cuff. If this tutorial makes you try something new, I will be so thrilled. Let me know, eh?
Fray D. Cat
I love this idea! even after having my ears pierced for 15 years they're still really sensitive and I end up with a lot of cute earrings I don't ever wear.ReplyDelete
Its's also great for people who like the look that a second hole in their earlobe gives but don't want to get the second set of piercings. I'll have to try this!
Fray D. Cat: You've upcycled so many things and you don't have your ears pierced?? Shocked, I am. These are beautiful dangles, and the ear cuffs look great. Would it get in the way of those darn earbuds, though? I like your sentence, "anything with a jump ring can become an earring"..I always say "anything with a hole in it can become a pendant." Also in your case, "anything at the dollar store can become jewelry."ReplyDelete
Ah - I've already got eight holes...but...maybe I could add even more... ;)ReplyDelete
I have seven, don't even use them all anymore since two of them stretched from long, heavy earrings. So, I love Michelle's ideas!Delete
Cute and clever! Now I'll be looking around for unconventional thingies to wear as earrings.ReplyDelete
I just learned a new term: Ear cuff! Such a lovely site with the loveliest author, AND so educational too! :)ReplyDelete
I saw ear cuffs online and thought they are not for me..but this one looks simple and not too shocking..so I'll make and try one for sureReplyDelete
This is a completely new idea to me. I have pierced ears but they hit a nerve on the first one so I nearly ended up looking like a pirate! I've thought of getting a second hole done but the memory of that insane, white lightning bolt of pain has kept me from it. This just might be the solution for me! Thanks so much for sharing :DReplyDelete
btw, the flyswatter ones are gorgeous! I never would have guessed :DReplyDelete
these look like fun- I'm going to give them a try!ReplyDelete
Awesome! I've never gotten pierced either and am really tired of clip-ons. I'm going to try this!! Thanks for the tutorial :)ReplyDelete
These are great! I DO have my ears pierced (3 sets of holes!) but sometimes you just want something a little different! I've been trying to teach myself to make some of the fancy schmancy complicated ear cuffs, but they can be rather persnickity to get to sit right. The simplicity of these is ingenious!ReplyDelete
I think I know what everyone is getting for their hand made gifts THIS year!
What a neat idea! I'm wanting to try this, but I'm afraid I'll lose one or both. Do they ever fall off? I have long hair and I'd be worried some hair would get hung up with the cuff and if I flip the hair back ... there goes the cuff.ReplyDelete
Ah, great question! Answer: the ear cuffs are pretty darn secure with short hair or long hair pulled back. But it's true, a complicated, long or spiky earring will sometimes get caught up in long loose tresses. When that happens I usually find it in my hair and can put it back on - I have rarely lost an earring! Caveat: a few peeps (my mom, for example) have an ear shape with not much of a natural ledge right there - so she has trouble keeping them on. But most people don't have that problem. Try them out and see!Delete
I have lots of wire and tons of beads in my stash...I think these will be in my future! Love it...what a great ideaReplyDelete
I really like this idea. Thanks for posting your easy peaty tutorial. I've never known how to make these.ReplyDelete
I got my ears pierced when I was 11 and for some reason when she said "I am going to pierce your ears with this gun" I freaked out, for some reason let her pierce one? and then had to be talked into getting the other one done. BTW what made it worse is that a crowd came and stood by while this happened to me. Really, people? I later heard that I should have never gotten them done because I have very sensitive ears and they get infected (although I still wear earrings and just deal with the infections).ReplyDelete
I really love the idea of these! :D Now thinking of ways to bend fancy wire to make elegant cuffs with delicate dangles :D Dollar store, here I come!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your great cuffs. So simple, elegant and fun!ReplyDelete
Totally simple and cute! I make the fancy ones, for costume appeal, but not everyone wants to wear those. My ears are "holy" like many of them but I keep tiny loops in that I never swap out and for whatever reason, my original holes hate most metal, even platinum. Go figure. Also, loved seeing your humor and personality! Thanks so much for keeping it simple. :) RianReplyDelete
Hi Michelle, I had to go anonymous because I don't know what the other profilesReplyDelete
mean. My name is Michelle also and I love the ear cuffs. Like you, I would never go to have my ears pierced, always tried but ran out, guess I'm just chicken. I have always wanted pierced ears my whole life, I'm now 70 years
old and have finally given up. Clip earings hurt like hell sometimes, so I can't wait to try these cuffs, thanks so much for sharing a wonderful idea.
All the best to you from Michelle Scare D. Kat!!
You are just too clever for words!!ReplyDelete
I am a victim of pierced earrings causing an infection. My poor lobes have never been the same since. I haven't been able to wear earrings for almost ten years, now. I can't wear jewelry on my hands because of various conditions ending with "itis," so all I can adorn myself with were earrings and necklaces. When earrings were taken away, I stopped trying so hard. Your post here has changed my life. I can wear earrings again! My daughter does wire jewelry and she's going to be making me jump rings and ear cuffs! Wires come in lots of colors, now, too, so you can make them match! You can wear two cuffs in different colors. I love you! Life changing, that's what this is! ~~ Janice~~ReplyDelete
Hi, Janice! That makes me so happy! I know, there is just something about wearing earrings, isn't there? Until I figured out this ear cuff thing, I was always incredibly jealous of people who could wear the dangly pretty things, and I couldn't.Delete
Oh, you just made me so happy when I found your site! My preteen nieces want to wear earrings, but their granny, who has passed on now, made them promise to never peirce their ears and they hold true to that promise. Now with your genius idea I can make them cute little dangly ear cuffs. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I just love how you say things. What a great personality you must have. Keep up the good work.ReplyDelete
I have to agree with everyone. I love the creativity . I can't wait to make them with feathers. Thank you so much for your beautiful mind! MandyReplyDelete
Oh so very wonderful! I love these! My wire and beads will be so happy along with my best friend! Options are unlimited. Thanks so much for sharing with us!ReplyDelete
Can't wait to make a pair and wear them to the next guild meeting. We're doing beading.ReplyDelete
Sorry.. forgot to check the notify me button! Was wondering if the cuff wires wear well and don't break easily?ReplyDelete
Hi, Pamela, that's a great Q! I have never had one break, I think because they are all curves. They are springy and flexible. Just be a little careful not to pull the gap wide apart to take them off - that could strain the metal if you do it too often. Best to slide them off along the outside of the ear, the way you slide them on. Hope that helps!Delete
Genius - just genius! I got my ears pierced in my 20's and they became infected so I let them grow back together. I can wear earrings again! Yea!ReplyDelete
What a fab idea. I gotta try that.ReplyDelete
Love this idea!! Oh, and now I understand why you call yourself Scaredy Cat! I had infections the first time I tried pierced ears, didn't get up the nerve again til this year when I started making jewelry..so now at the age of 61, I can finally wear earings! One person said she just deals with the infections? Stop! You're sensitive to metals like me. Try only Surgical steel, or Rhodium Plated Earwires. Silver plated and gold plated will break down from your body's chemistry causing infections.ReplyDelete
Scaredy Cat...it's 4 A.m. and I'm getting up just to try making these awesome ear cuffs you designed!!
Thanks so much for a great idea I too have been the victim of the ear piercing gun and since only have one hole open and can't repierce them anymore so hopefully I'll be making myself tons of dangles to go on the cuff I miss wearing earrings thank you so muchReplyDelete
I'm going to make several pairs, but plan to lightly hammer them for extra strength. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Love this : I made a few "not " using a jump ring. Just sliding a long bead onto the wire before curling the ends. It worked out great. Thanks for the Idea.ReplyDelete
I just wanted to jump in here and say, when I got my ears pierced the first time it was using a needle an ice cube and a potato. No guns, no fancy stuff like is available these days. Cuffs are awesome thanks.ReplyDelete