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Hardware Earrings on a Dime

| Crafts & DIY

Easy and inexpensive hardware jewelry.

Easy and inexpensive hardware jewelry.

Hardware Earrings on a Dime.  I’ve been admiring all the trendy hardware jewelry I’ve seen lately so I thought I’d try my hand at it too. Earlier this week I went to the local hardware store and as I perused the nuts and bolts section, I came across some stainless steel washers – immediately I had an idea in mind for them.  I brought them home and started the assembly process. Oh, and why is the title of my blog post “Hardware Earrings on a Dime”?  Well, yes they are an affordable DIY but also, when I went to attach the bail to the washer I realized that the back of the bail came down too far so I needed to add something to cover over the hole in the middle.  I couldn’t find anything and then I spotted our stash of coins – bingo, dimes were exactly what I needed for these earrings.  My goal was to make these fun and playful so I decided to incorporate nail polish – every girl needs a little colour in her life!  I love the results and it was easy and affordable to make these adorable hardware earrings.

Learn how to make these adorable hardware earrings.

Learn how to make these adorable hardware earrings.

Materials:

  • Stainless steel washers
  • Nail polish
  • Dimes
  • Bails
  • Ear wires
  • Glue (I used Weldbond)
  • Needle-nose pliers

Instructions:

    1. Carefully paint the front (smooth) side of the washers with your desired nail polish color and allow to dry.
    2. Paint the dimes with a contrasting nail polish color (you don’t need to paint the entire side of the dime, just a circle larger than the hole in the washer), allow to dry.
    3. Place glue around the edge of the washer and glue the dime on to the back of the washer so that the side of the dime that has nail polish on it can be seen when you look through the hole.  Allow to dry.
    4. Now glue the bail on the washer.
    5. After everything has set overnight and is completely dry, use your needle-nose pliers to fasten the ear wire on the bail.  Tighten and make sure the washer/dime is secure. That’s it, you’re done.

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~ Jamey

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Fun Perler Bead Stud Earrings for Kids (or anyone else)

| Crafts & DIY, Kids Fun

Fun and easy perler bead earrings kids can make.

Fun perler bead stud earrings – so easy, kids can make them.

Fun Perler Bead Stud Earrings – We love craft perler beads – you know, those fantastic and inexpensive little beads that can be arranged in any shape or pattern you desire! A little heat, and they stick together like magic! We’ve had a huge tub of them for a couple of years now and we’ve made all kinds of fun projects.  My daughter enjoys making cute little purses, shoes and flowers and then gives them away to her friends and classmates. A few weeks ago I had a bunch of toys supplies come in, including stud earring findings and, in all honesty, I totally forgot about them until I was tidying my office yesterday.  My intent for these stud findings were to make some cute little earrings for Noelle but I had no concrete plan for them.

At some point yesterday afternoon, I was putting something in Noelle’s room when I saw the big tub of beads and a light bulb went off in my head… fun earrings that Noelle can make herself using perler beads. Mission on!  We sat down and started picking out our colours (yes, I wanted to make some too). Being that my daughter is still only 6 years old I wanted to keep the designs petite for her little head but you could make and size and design you like.

Materials:

  • Craft perler beads and bead peg board (usually comes with perler bead set)
  • Stud earring findings (buy from Michaels or online)
  • Iron
  • Kitchen parchment paper
  • Glue (I used non-toxic Weldbond)

Directions:

  1. Place the perler beads on the pegboard so the holes in their middles sit on the pegs. Make sure all the beads are touching at least one other bead so they can be fused together.
  2. Pre-heat the iron to a medium-heat setting. Do not use the steam function.
  3. Place a piece of kitchen parchment paper over the design and apply the iron to the parchment paper and rub gently for about 15-25 seconds until you can see through the parchment paper that the plastic beads have started melting together.
  4. Set beads aside with the paper still attached, and allow to cool (5-10 minutes).
  5. Lift the parchment paper off and check to make sure all the beads are fused together (if they aren’t, repeat step 3 but for a little less time).
  6. Now take your stud earring base and place a small amount of glue on the end, just enough so that it doesn’t bleed out over the edge of the base too much. Press gently against the back side (the side you used the iron against) and nudge the earring base into your preferred position.  Allow to dry completely (I definitely didn’t wait long enough and the finding came off when I tried to put in Noelle’s ear so try to be patient).
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