These are so simple to make. Once you start, you’ll be making earrings out of everything!!
You’ll need: Earring stud/post findings and backs, assorted small pretty things, superglue. Paper towel, newspaper and gloves are useful too (not pictured). 2 min + setting time.
1. Select some pretty things.
2. Turn them upside down.
3. Apply glue.
4. Apply posts.
It will depend on the glue how long it takes to set.
Once it’s set it’s ready to wear!
You can use anything to make these with – beads, flat back gems, buttons, sequins, coins, paper, ribbons etc etc.
You can get post findings in a range of different sizes and styles. The posts will hold better when you match the size and weight of the object to the size of the post’s head. Wearing larger backings will also help with bigger, heavier earrings. You can also purchase posts with cone shaped heads that make it easier to attach round objects to (such as beads).
Posts are easily available from most craft shops, online jewellery supply stores and ebay too (there are some links to these sites in my links tab). I buy surgical steel as I have a slight sensitivity to cheaper metals. You can also purchase sterling silver and gold filled posts but these tend to be a lot more expensive (much more expensive than silver/gold hooks). I pay about $2 for 12 pairs of surgical steel.
The glue I used here is called Ultimate Glue by Crafter’s Pick and it’s a non-toxic, water-soluble superglue. I have only had it a week or so but it seems to be holding well. Here are some other glues that would work :
They had a really great sale on at the jewellery store this week so I bought an assortment of things I could make some shoe clips with – let’s begin refashioning!
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make yourself an inexpensive and very lovely pair of earrings! These are made by sandwiching a headpin between two flat back gems (also called rhinestones, crystals or glue-on gems).
You’ll need: 4 flat black gems, 2 head pins, 2 hooks, jewellery pliers and a hot glue gun.
For more information regarding jewellery hooks and pliers see my previous post here.
For information on creating basic earrings see this post.
The hot glue should hold the gems together well. I have had a pair fall apart while transporting them in a box of other earrings. They should be easy to fix with a tiny bit more glue, but if you want to make sure they are super strong I’d suggested filling the gap with some super glue. If the gap bothers you I have a few ideas. You could fill gap in with glue and paint the sides with paint or nail polish. There is also something which I think is called mapping tape. It is basically very thin tape. The one I have is black and just a tiny bit larger than the gap between gems. I have tried doing a pair with the tape, beginning it to on one side of the loop and finishing it at the other. It looked ok but didn’t stick too well on its on – I had to use glue and in the end it all became a bit awkward. I’m sure it’s doable. I think they look absolutely fine with a gap though.
Here are some of my latest jewellery designs I’ve been working on. These will be earrings. They are made from resin and photo paper. I draw the patterns myself, print them and apply a thin layer of jeweller’s resin on top. I plan to use a solid black resin on the back and finish with sterling silver findings. The earrings are about an inch by an inch large. I hope to begin some resin tutorials here sometime soon. I’m still new to working with resin so a lot of learning is still required for me! All these are pure, saturated hues, which haven’t translated too well in the photo. The checked pattern is much shaper too and polka dots pure white.