Last week I posted about rhinestone ear cuffs, and after a lot of experimentation, I figured out how to make my own version. I have to warn you, though, that even in casual clothing, wearing one of these may make you feel like a princess.
DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial

I’ll show you how to make the one above, but I also made another, from bits and pieces of some broken vintage jewelry.
DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial
Here’s how to make your own.

Materials:
Wire (16 or 18 gauge)
Earring posts (You can buy them here)
Clip-on earring back (I found some here, and you can also find them on Etsy)
Rhinestones, 3mm size (I bought mine from Antiqued on Etsy)
Glue (I swear by E-6000)
Wirecutters
Needle-nose pliers

DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial
Methods:
1. Cut about 5 inches of wire and use the needle-nose pliers to form a small loop in one end. Attach this loop to the clip-on earring.
DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial
DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial
2. Clip the earring onto the top of your ear where you’ll want to wear it, and put the stud earring in your ear lobe. Bend the wire so that it follows the shape of your ear, and mark where it reaches the center of the earring post.
DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial
3. Create a small loop on the other end of the wire, where you marked it, and cut off the excess wire.
DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial
4. Glue the wire loop to the pad on the earring stud. Allow it to dry.
DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial
5. Cut two lengths of the required amount of rhinestone chain, and lay the two pieces side by side. Glue them together, then glue the wire to their backs. I wound my chain around the front of the earring stud, covering the metal and making a little rosette. Let the glue dry.
DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial
DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial
DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial
6. To wear your ear cuff, slip the stud into your pierced hole, then clip the cuff onto the top of your ear.
DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial

DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial

DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial
For this one I didn’t do a detailed tutorial, because you’re unlikely to be able to find the same materials. Instead of attaching the rhinestone chain to the wire with glue, I attached it with smaller wire (28 gauge), and I didn’t use a clip-on earring, but instead created an ear cuff out of the wire. I think the version with the clip is more secure, though. If you can find appropriate jewelry to salvage, I definitely recommend using it to create your own unique version.
DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial

DIY rhinestone ear cuff tutorial

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  • Gloria-Gloriously Chic

    wow!!! beautiful!! this is beyond amazing!! i llovvveeee it and your blog!

    • Rachel

      Gloria, thanks so much!

  • lici

    Wow. What a beautiful idea! Way more interesting for me than any other earcuff-tutorial, because I have no earlobe piercing…so I would use two clop-ons. But still thanks!
    xo, Lici

    • Rachel

      Lici, when I was writing this tutorial I was going to add a sentence about how you could definitely make this with two clip-ons. I left it out, but yeah, you’re totally right! So glad you like the tutorial :-)

  • manon

    wooow, so nice!xx

  • grnfairy

    Wow! Really pretty. I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks!

    • Rachel

      Thanks, grnfairy! Good luck with yours.

  • Beadinggem

    Really clever to anchor both ends the way you did! Very pretty designs! Pearl

    • Rachel

      Pearl, thanks so much!

  • shalamar101

    How beautiful . I will be trying this project.

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