Earrings that I made and like

DSCN5307Hi! I have been doing a ton of crafting, and very little blogging recently.  My goal in the next week or two is to share a number of quick posts about things I’ve made. First up is this pair of earrings!DSCN5300

I was inspired by a number of tutorials and images I saw on Pinterest, but I didn’t follow any particular directions. If you’ve ever picked up a pair of pliers and some wire, you can make these, but they’re very different from any other pairs I’ve personally made. I hope you like them too 🙂DSCN5296

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Super Quick Earrings

Spring is here! Almost. It’s still dark when I get up for work, but now there are trills of birdsong swelling up around the dawn. It’ll only be a little bit longer now till everything is GREEN again, and butterflies dance over fields of hay studded with chicory blooms.

But I couldn’t wait for the real butterflies. So I made these!DSCN4738

They are super easy, and consist of exactly one step. Glue shiny things to earring backs. Done.DSCN4750

The shiny things in question are actually iron-on’s from the clearance bin at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I’ve never been prone to use iron-on’s when sewing, as they usually mean hand-washing ahead, but I loved these butterflies so bought them without a firm plan.

Then I realized I already had glue and earring posts, so these lovely spring earrings were born. And they only set me back about 75 cents!DSCN4739

Now I have to look around and see what else I can make to sing out “Spring!”

Easy Earrings

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I’ve been doing a lot of crafting and sewing and wedding planning, but very little blogging. But I’ve something to share today. This is a very easy craft, but I think it turned out really well.

Basically, I bought blank earring studs and E6000 adhesive and made earrings. Not difficult. DSCN3971But I had so much fun going through my button jars to find pairs that would work as a set.

I think the real crafty-ness comes in the making of the little cards.DSCN3977 I used what I had on hand, so just cut up a cereal box and poked holes in with a pin for the earrings to go through.DSCN3974

For this pair, I glued stone beads on the blanks studs. However, I didn’t like the look of the bead holes, so I glued small silver beads in them. I was originally going to write “You Rock” after the earrings, but then realized the earrings themselves could fill in for the o’s! So now there’s a nice little reminder/self-esteem boost to go with the earrings 🙂

Sometimes a simple craft can bring as much joy as a challenging one!

Stash Busting: Thing 3/15

For this stash busting project, I took a step back from the yarn basket, and raided my jewelry making supplies. good3(I actually got really inspired and made three things, but I’m just sharing the one today.)

I settled on these lovely polished agate beads first:good2 Now I bought these over two years ago on sale, and main thing holding me back was that they came in a set of three. My first instinct was earrings, but that would leave one bead left out. So I tucked them away. This stash busting project, however, inspired me to just use them already!

So I did! I let the stone speak mostly for itself, only adding a decorative swirl at the bottom.good

I’ve already worn them, and I’m so glad I got over my initial hesitation about having a bead left over. I’m sure I’ll find a use for it one day!good1

Hexi Earrings Tutorial

IMG_1202I recently got second holes pierced in my earlobes, so have been playing around with wearing – and making – more post earrings, rather than the beloved dangles I usually favor. This pair was inspired by the hexagonal geometry of snow and the shine of the holidays. And they can be made with recycled materials, so an extra win!

Materials: materials1. Sturdy scissors or tin snips
2. Washed coffee can – one with a metal bottom, not a plastic one
3. Sharpie or similar marker
4. E600 or other strong glue – a hot glue gun won’t cut it!
5. Earring posts – or wire and pliers to make your own
6. Metal file

Procedure:
1. Using the sturdy scissors, separate the metal bottom of the can. You don’t need the cardboard cylinder, and can dispose of it.step 1
2. Draw two identical hexagons on the metal disc. Mine are about 1/2″ between vertices.
Tip: cut out templates out of paper and trace on if you’re having trouble free-handing.step 2
3. Using the sturdy scissors or tin snips, carefully cut out the hexagons. Try to cut just inside the line. If some marker is still left on your cut hexagons, you can remove it with rubbing alcohol.step 4
4. Use the metal file to smooth off any rough edges and round the corners slightly.
5. Follow the directions on your glue and attach the earring posts to your hexagons. Once the glue cures, you’re done!step 5

Tips and Suggestions:
1. While I made hexagons to reflect the six sides of a snow flake, you could also do triangles, rectangles, diamonds, etc.
2. If you have any tin flashing or similar metal scraps, it will work just as well as a can bottom. Aluminum cans can be cut too, but I find them a bit flimsy for post earrings…
3. Nail polish adheres pretty well to these, so paint on a coat or two for an enameled look!

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May you get lots of compliments on your new earrings!

Round Up!

Hello there everyone! Today, rather than sharing a tutorial of my own, I thought I’d share a few projects I’ve done based on other great tutorials. One I followed exactly, and the other two I tweaked a bit. Also, if you make it to the end, you may just find some gratuitous photos of one of my cats 🙂

First up, a mask based on Sprinkles in Spring‘s excellent tutorial.IMG_1094

The premise is using puffy paint to draw on tulle to create a flexible mask that looks delicate and sturdy and fits like a glove! I designed my own mask pattern and love it, but put the eye-holes a bit too far apart.IMG_1093 Guess I’ll just have to fun making another!

Second, a felt flower. IMG_1102This is based on a tutorial from makeanddogirl, although I’m not sure the post/blog is still up…But it was a lovely post on creating your own dahlias out of felt. I make mine a bit smaller and attach hair clips rather than pins so I can wear them in my hair.IMG_1097 I’ve made about ten, all in different colors, so you can guess how much I love them!

Finally, a tutorial on turning vintage clip-ons into a necklace from doe-c-doe. Now, I have a stash of vintage costume jewelry I inherited from my grandmother, and have used parts of it in many crafts (including centers of felt flowers!), but I think this is my favorite re-purpose.IMG_1099

For my necklace, I combined two different pairs of earrings to make my pendant. But in doing that, the back surface didn’t really align with a pin back, the way doe-c-doe demonstrates. So instead, I used heavy-duty scissors to cut a backing out of the metal bottom of a coffee can! IMG_1100

Worked like a charm, and I love my necklace! I even made another one for my mom, so she can wear part of her mom close to her heart!

So there you go: Three tutorials I’ve used with great results! Go forth and craft!

Oh, and here’s Mr. Luna Tic basking in the September sunshine.IMG_1103

He's swimming through the pebbles! Look at that form!

He’s swimming through the pebbles! Look at that form!

 

Tasseled Cork Earrings tutorial

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Hello!

I’ve got a fun little tutorial for you all today! Making earrings out of wine corks! And not just any earrings: earrings with beaded tassels. Of course, you don’t have to add the tassels, but where’s the fun in that?

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You can make these funky or classy, but whichever direction you go, you’ll make a statement and turn heads! These can be a little tricky, especially the tassels, but with patience, anyone can make them. And so, without further ado, the tutorial!

Materials:Image

 

  1. Acrylic paint and paint brush
  2. Wine cork
  3. X-acto knife
  4. Pin and beading needle
  5. Thread
  6. Scissors
  7. 2 large beads – how large is up to you; I recommend about the size of a pony bead
  8. Roughly 100 seed beads
  9. Post-earring backs
  10. E6000 or similar adhesive

Directions:

  • Use the knife to carefully slice off sections of the wine cork. I suggest cutting more than two, so you can pick the best slices to work with. You want them to be somewhere around 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick. Too thin and the slices with crumble, too thick and they’ll sit oddly on your ears.Image
  • Paint the cork slices. Be creative! I went with a design on one pair and solid purple on another. If you’re using a light color, a base coat of white on the cork will help show off the color. Also, if you want a smoother surface, you can gently sand the cork slices before painting.
  • Once the cork is dry, take your sturdy pin and push it through the cork slice. It may not go through the entire diameter, but that’s okay. As long as you make sure the pin goes at least halfway through the cork and pokes out on the unpainted side, you’re good.ImageSee how the pointed end of the pin emerges at the center of the section. That’s what you want. If the pin goes through further before emerging, that’s good too.

 

  • Now pull the pin out and slip a threaded beading needle through the ‘tunnel’ the pin made. You want about 12 inches of thread on the needle. Once it’s through, unthread the needle and rethread it so the tail comes out in the center and the working end is off the edge: look at the pictures below for clarification.

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  • Now thread on one of the large beads and about 15 seed beads. You can add more or fewer seed beads if you want a longer or shorter tassel. Be careful, when threading, that you don’t pull the thread through the cork.Image

  • Now thread the needle back through all the seed beads except the last one you threaded. In doing this, you’re creating the first dangle of the tassel. You want to play with the tension here. If you don’t pull tight enough, the dangle won’t touch the large bead, and if you pull too tight, it will stick out funny. Have patience and play around!

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  • In order to secure this dangle and move on to the next, thread around and back up through the seed bead closest to the large bead.

  • ImageNow thread another dangle’s worth of seed beads. You can make each dangle the exact same length, or you can vary it a bit. Mine are 13, 13, 14, and 15 beads long. Follow the same procedure, running the needle back up through the beads and around the one closest to the large bead. I used 4 dangles, but you can make your tassel thinner or thicker as your choose!Image

  • Once you have the desired number of dangles for your tassel, you may notice that they’re strung along next to each other rather than grouped under the bead. To fix this, simply tie a loose knot around the top the tassel, right under the large bead. Here again, you want to watch your tension. If you knot too tightly, the tassel will get stiff, and the knot is hard to loosen.
  • Next, guide the thread back up through the large bead and through the cork. At this point, tie the tail that’s been sticking out of the cork this whole time and the working end together and trim the ends.
  • And ta-da! You have one earring. Follow the beading steps again to complete the second one.Image
  • Finally, use the adhesive to attach the post back to the unpainted side of the earring, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Image
  • Once the glue is set, wear with pride!

Additional ideas:

  • Skip the tassels and just rock out the painted disks; They’re incredibly light-weight!
  • Skip the paint and rock a natural look.
  • There are tons of ideas around for decorating cork slices. Try stamping or glitter or even embroidery!
  • Glue beads or rhinestones around the circumference of the cork slice