The fall 2013 runways had all eyes above the neck as ear cuffs emerged as a fresh new way to accessorize. And if the spring collections are any indication, our lobes will continue to enjoy the spotlight next season, too! The perfect solution for the piercing-shy, ear cuffs are the easiest way to add some temporary edge to your look. Here’s how to D.I.Y. your own metal-heavy version to rock now and wear through spring.
What You’ll Need: 16 gauge aluminum wire, spike beads, two paper plates, two sponges, heavy duty epoxy, a pencil, and needle nose pliers
Step 1: Using the pliers, cut a piece of wire so that it’s long enough to wrap around your ear, plus a few extra inches.
Step 2: Thread the spike beads onto the wire, closing off one end of the wire while you work.
Step 3: Place the two sponges on the paper plate and “poke” each end of the wire into each sponge to anchor them, allowing the spikes to hang upside-down.
Step 4: Following package directions, prepare the epoxy on the other paper plate, mixing it together with your pencil.
Step 5: Working quickly so that the epoxy doesn’t dry, use the pencil tip to apply dots of epoxy in between each spike bead so that they stick together. Let dry overnight.