Jewelry Week: Two Earring D.I.Y.s
It is jewelry week!
Today I'm going to show you how to make two different styles of earrings with two different materials. The first pair are made using Perler beads, the second pair is made using Polymer clay.
Let's get this party started:
This is what you need for these Perler Bead earrings:
- Perler Beads
- Square peg board
- adhesive felt
- earring posts/backs
- E-6000 glue
I choose to do a diamond design in black with a purple line through the middle. I placed the pegs on the board. The earrings are only 3x3, so they're relatively small. I followed the ironing instructions. The only thing I did differently was I didn't iron one side, the side that would be showing, completely. Then I cut-out two circles from the adhesive felt and stuck it to the back for durability. The only thing left to do was glue the earring posts on! I used E-6000, which is a must have for making jewelry. I just let the glue sit for 24 hrs.Before you wear these wash the posts with rubbing alcohol, just to be safe.
After that I was ready to rock! Pretty easy and pretty cute.
Here is what you will need to make polymer clay earrings:
- Polymer Clay in 3 colors of your choosing
- A small pan that you DON'T use for cooking
- Earring posts and backs
- E-6000 glue
I rolled out the top color into two balls of the same size. I did the next one the same way, only a bit smaller. Then repeated with the last color. Then I smooshed them together making the top flat. On what I determined to be the back of the earring I inserted the post. I covered the base of the post with a thin piece of clay. I read that when layering Polymer clay you should "scratch up" the pieces were they attach so they will hold together better. Although, my earrings seem to be doing fine without it. Just bake according to instructions and let them cool. Wash the posts with some rubbing alcohol and wear those babies out on the town!
Those were two, pretty easy earring crafts, right?