One accessories trend dominated the F/W 2013 runway: the ear cuff. Designers like Dries Van Noten, Thakoon and Mara Hoffman all put their spin on the trend; From a dozen rings wrapped top-to-bottom to jewels completely dousing the ear. For those of you who are “weird about ears” this might be a nightmare, but for chicks like me, the idea of wearing jewelry that is reminiscent of Grecian or Egyptian times- yet futuristic- is a dream!
With so many types of ear cuffs to choose from, I finally settled on one that frames the ear and makes a statement. Practically all you’ll need are some tiny clothespins and a used-up gift card. And it’s super easy! Here’s how I did it:
What you’ll need:
Mini Wooden Clothespins (find them at any hobby/craft store)
Old Plastic Gift Card
Time: 15 mins (minus drying time)
Cost: Under $10
Step 1: Measure your ear.
From where the cuff will hook over to bottom. Add a 1/4 inch after measuring.
Step 2: Mark your card with the measured length.
Draw lines 1/2 inch. Draw a curve about an inch from top line to bottom.
Step 3: Cut the gift card in the shape shown.
Make sure you’ve used up all the $$ on that thing before you do! Make it a consistent 1/4 inch wide and make sure you cut it so that you have a slight hook shape at top.
*Step 4: Sand it down.
Use your nail file (emery boards work best) to sand all the edges until smooth. Sand the surface so that the paint sticks better. Test it on your ear. You can sand it more and cut it to alter, if necessary.
Step 5: Place the clothespins.
Put a dab of super glue on the card where you’ll place the pin. After placing each one (these pins are very delicate, so be careful), put a dab of super glue around it. Repeat for the rest. Let dry for 30+ minutes. And don’t you dare put that thing on your ear from at least an hour (or two), just to be safe.
Step 6: Paint it!
I decided to give mine a stark metallic hue, which suits the shape, with spray paint. Let dry for another hour (again, just to be safe).
I loved the result! It turned out to look like something out of Star Trek with a little archaic vibe (kind of reminds me of the Trojan horse). And it’s punk without being embarrassingly trying-too-hard. There’s something so noble-looking about wearing an ear cuff. And this one can be dressed up or down.
By Whitney S. Williams