Create your own earrings from extra buttons lying around the house or pins in your sewing kit. Making earrings is a craft that requires a little patience, sturdy hands, and a small amount of material. You can use your creative skills to make a variety of styles with different sizes and colours of buttons or pins. You can attach your buttons or pins to ear wires or stud earring backings for pierced ears or to clip-on bases for non-pierced ears .
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Things you need
- 4 head pins
- 2 ear wires
- 4 round beads, 4mm each
- 8 small beads
- Round nose pliers
- 2 matching buttons
- 1 pair earring backings
- 1 bottle of fast-acting adhesive
- 1 small piece of waxed paper
Slide one small bead, one round bead and another small bead in order onto each head pin.
Use your round-nose pliers to bend each pin into a 90-degree angle away from you at about a half centimetre from the end of the pin.
Prepare to make your loops. Reposition your round-nose pliers at the end of the head pin.
Use the pliers to grip the end of the head pin and twist your wrist toward you to make a complete loop. The loop should be centred on top of the head pin and resemble a lollipop on a stick.
Grip the loop with the round nose pliers by placing it inside of the pliers. Twist the loop sideways away from the beads to open the loop.
Slip the head pin with the beads onto one ear wire. Use your round-nose pliers to close the head pin loop by bending the loop back to meet the head pin.
Make three more beaded head pins. Open and close one beaded head pin and add it to the first ear wire. Open and close the remaining beaded head pins and add them to the other ear wire. Each earring will contain two beaded head pins.
Beaded Pin Earrings
Make your button earrings. Turn your buttons over so that the backsides face up. Put one earring backing against one button to ensure it can't be seen from the front of the button.
Place a sheet of waxed paper over your work surface. Squirt a drop or two of fast-acting adhesive onto each button and set the earring backings in place.
Press firmly on each button and backing to secure them together. The adhesive should harden within a few seconds.
Set the button earrings on the waxed paper and allow them to dry for about 30 minutes. You can quickly make several pairs depending on the amount of materials that you have available.
Tips and warnings
- For extra dangle, use eye pins instead of head pins. This will give you a loop on each end of the pin, to which you can attach one or more beaded head pins.
- You can also use pin-back buttons to make earrings with your favourite message or picture.
- Use fast-acting adhesives in a well-ventilated area.
- If you use straight pins made for sewing, use a pair of wire cutters to trim off the points before making jewellery with them.
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