Make your own textured, silver no piercing ear cuff with guest tutor Katie Morgan, from Searose Jewellery!
This is a really fun beginners metalsmith project, great for those looking to explore texturing and metal bending techniques. No soldering is required!
This tutorial is for a 7mm wide earring cuff, using 0.7mm thick silver sheet ear cuff. However, they can be easily changed to other sizes to suit your style.
You can also experiment with different jewellery hammers to create your own unique look – this ear cuff is textured using a ball pein hammer.
After following the outlined techniques, don’t be shy to get creative and make different pieces, whether that’s a ring, toe ring or bangle!
It's easy! Place the cuff on the thinnest part of your upper ear and slide up until it hugs your ear nicely, you can adjust the cuff by gently squeezing it together or apart until it feels comfortable.
Take the silver sheet wire and measure out 2.2cm. Mark this point by drawing a straight line across the wire using the marker pen, as shown.
Take the ball pein hammer and, starting from one side, carefully hammer along the length of the silver strip, using enough force to create dents. Make sure to avoid your fingers!
Using the nail files or wet and dry sanding sheets, smooth the edges. Start with the lowest grade and work your way to the highest - until you are happy with the result. Alternatively, use a power tool with sanding accessories for quicker results.
Using bail-shaping 6 in 1 pliers, clamp one end of the silver strip between the two larger loops, as shown. Using your fingers, bend the strip around the second largest loop, which is roughly 7mm wide. After doing this, turn the ear cuff around and repeat the process on the other side.
If you don't have access to bail making pliers (unfortunately this isn't something we sell at Kernowcraft) you can use round nose pliers instead. Ensure that you make the bend level when bending, you can always adjust a little each side if you make it slightly tapered.
Finally, use the polishing cloth to polish the ear cuff until you are satisfied with the shine.
And there you have your very own textured silver ear cuff! Now that you know how to create an ear cuff, why don’t you play around with different sizes?
Share your textured ear cuff designs with us on social media, tagging Kernowcraft and Searosejewellery for a chance to feature.
Katie, from Searose Jewellery, works from her home studio in Wales. Her designs are largely created from natural metals, mixed with sterling silver, resulting in beautiful everyday jewellery that can be treasured.
As a Welsh girl, she loves nature and the beach, and will often be found collecting sea glass and flowers to incorporate into her jewellery.
Katie’s latest pieces can be found at her Etsy Store.