Monday, August 31, 2009
Sweet Earring Tutorial
Here is a sweet earring tutorial for you guys; these earrings are really inexpensive and fast/easy to make, and I think they are perfect as small gifts or chic favors/party craft (like for a shower or birthday) or even to sell at craft fairs... it's all about the presentation! Read on to see for yourself! :D
Here are the basic supplies I used... BIG NOTE: Instead of E6000, I would use an epoxy or a glue specifically formulated for metal and or glass, because you want the strongest bond possible! I have tiny buttons, glass flower beads, and post earrings with backs. All together these supplies probably cost me around $8, and I can make more than 20 earrings with the supplies I bought (not all of them are shown here... I tried to make it pretty for ya!)
Like I said before, presentation is important! So I decided to use a thick cardstock, a pretty paper punch and a stamp with red ink to decorate the earring cards for my earrings. I actually had these lying around so they didn't cost me anything this time (although when I bought them before they probably cost me around $20... but I use coupons and discounts). The point here is to use what you have to display your earrings in a cute and fun way! I used my punch to cut out tags and then stamped them in the corner; play with different inks, designs, textures and saturation when stamping; you could emboss your cards, write on them with sparkly pens, use punches, anything!
Basically all you have to do to make these earrings is glue! Here it helps to put the posts into something that will ensure your earrings dry standing up; I used a thin piece of cork. Put a small bead of glue on the post of the earring, and then place the bead or button on top, applying firm pressure to the earring (so the bead and post stick together). At this stage, patience is a virtue! Let your earrings sit undisturbed for the amount specified by the instructions on your glue (it's best to leave them overnight).
When your earrings are completely dry, take your earring card and poke 2 holes in it before you put your earrings in... it's just safer that way! You can also put these cards into clear little baggies so they look even more professional!
And taa-daa! You have some super cute earrings that will make one of your friend's very happy!