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Handmade Earrings Are Cool and They Make You Look Hot! 

09
Mar

Well, it’s not just me who says that but the entire world. Everyone seems to be in awe of handmade earrings and necklaces and handmade everything! These goods are not just a mark of solid craftsmanship but a quality that makes women stand out. If you have ever thought about making your own handmade earrings at home, this might be the perfect way to add a pinch of uniqueness to your jewelry collection and accessories box. It might also be the perfect gifting option as many of us are slowly experimenting with handmade items and moving on from mass produced articles to more environmentally friendly ones. So, it is time to put your thoughts to creating something thoughtful, a gift for a close friend perhaps or a dangling handmade chandelier ear hoop for your mother.

 

Silver earrings with green stones on a varnished wooden background

All you need to make your own earrings at home are your own hands and a few items that you can easily find at the local crafts store. A very important ingredient that comes before all that though is the will to express your creativity even when you think that you don’t have any. So, get ready world, here you come with a truckload of artsy stuff, glitter and glue! Well, these are some of the things that you are going to need including the following:

  • Flexible metal wires
  • Earring hooks or clasps
  • Cleaning alcohol or spirit or nail polish remover
  • Glue (preferably the kind that sticks for long)
  • Toothpicks or long pins
  • Small sized pliers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Some paint
  • Fancy stickers
  • Small bows
  • Stones and gems artificial or semi precious (again, strong glue)
  • Glitter or other jewels (strong glue, strong glue!)

 

Shape Your Earrings

Begin with basic shapes. Now, women all are fond of the round, glittery and shiny things that hang by their ears because they go well with practically everything. A palm-sized aluminum square is the ideal way to make them. Too much of it and your handmade earrings will come out heavy and be difficult to wear. Make a ball or some other interesting shape with aluminum foil and compress it really tight. Another thing that could lead you to some really interesting results is wooden chips. That’s right. Just grab a handful of those wooden pieces from your garage or from your friendly neighborhood carpenter. They don’t even have to be the exact same size. Just make sure that they are somewhat similar in dimensions and you are good to go.

 

Always Wear Safe

Now comes disinfecting the earring hooks and clasps with a disinfectant. You’ll need to do this before you start wearing the earrings. You can do it before you begin decorating them and also do it once more after you are done just to be double safe. I know I would.

 

Cutting and Molding and More!

Now, time for some serious workout; make a hole through the center of the foil balls or close to the edge in case of wooden pieces. You can use a toothpick or a long pin to do it and voila! Chop off 2 pieces of wire as long in length as you like them and use pliers to attach hooks at the end of each. Insert the other end of the wire into the aluminum ball and curl it into itself or around the ball once it reaches out enough. This will hold the ball in place and make for durable handmade earrings. You can use a nail or a hard metal pin to make hole in the wooden pieces and then insert the metal wire through it in the same way. Curl the end of it to make a tight knot with the longer end or simply twist it around it for a firm grip. Repeat this step with the other earring and the second piece of wire as well.

 

Decorate and Embezzle

Now comes the fun part and you can totally knock yourself out with it. This is particularly fun with the wooden pieces that you have collected. Gather all the stickers or jewels and stones that you want to stick on them and go at it. You can either choose to stick to one particular pattern or put random stones and decorations, either way they are going to look awesome. Now, the remaining part of the wooden pieces that is not hidden beneath the stones can be painted (which you may also choose to do before sticking anything) or varnished (which you may want to do afterwards as the glue might not hold strong on a smooth surface). As for the aluminum balls that you have all readied up, you can dip them in glue and then roll them in your favorite glitter or paint them with your favorite acrylic to give a wrinklier and textured surface. You can also choose loose sequins to add a 3D look and make everyone fall in love with your handmade creations. This is not just for handmade earrings but for handmade necklaces and bracelets as well. You can add more glamour to your old jewelry pieces and redefine your style in style.

 

This is the beauty of handmade earrings and women all over the world are just gaga over them. The level of customization that goes into it makes them unique and highly personal. Artisans all over the world put their talent and hard work into making them, just like you did with these and trust me; you are going to cherish them as long they last you.

 

Author Bio

Hi, I am John Miller. I love and live for everything artistic. My only crime is that I observe too much and then make sure to write it down before I forget all about it. I am a quality manager at Artisna Marketplace.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Clean and Polish Your Jewelry

06
Jan

Whether all your jewelry is new or you have mostly vintage rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, you’re going to want to know how to clean your possessions every once in awhile.

Ultimately, how you clean your jewelry will depend on what it is made of (gold, silver, pearls, diamonds).

Jewelry Store Cleaning

Many stores offer a free cleaning of jewelry that you purchased from them. By all mean, take advantage of this service if you can, but if you can’t, then you should know how to clean your jewelry at home—and without harsh chemicals.

Rest assured that you can clean all jewelry at home with a few simple ingredients that you probably already have around the house, like:

  • Mild dish soap
  • Soft toothbrush (dedicated to jewelry cleaning — don’t use on humans or pets)
  • Clean, soft cloth
  • Toothpaste
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Aluminum foil

 

Cleaning Gold

To bring the shine back to your gold jewelry, fill a bowl with warm water and add just a few drops of mild dish soap. Submerge your gold jewelry and let it soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse and gently scrub away any grime or residue with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Finally, dry with a soft cloth. Don’t use a paper towel because it might scratch.

Depending on how much gold jewelry you have, you can use a small bowl and work in batches or use a large bowl and clean everything all at once.

 

Untarnishing Silver

Of course, there is silver polish, but if you want to use a less harsh method, try a little toothpaste to remove the tarnish from your silver. Just dab some toothpaste onto your silver item, rub it in, and watch the tarnish disappear. Wipe the toothpaste off with a cloth. The toothpaste method works best with a ring or bangle bracelet or even a belt buckle.

If you have a delicate silver chain, try this:

  • Place aluminum foil (shiny side up) in the bottom of a bowl
  • Add one tablespoon baking soda
  • Add one tablespoon salt
  • Slowly add 1/2 cup white vinegar (it will fizz)
  • Slowly add one cup of boiling water
  • Wait for baking soda and salt to dissolve
  • Add silver jewelry

After a few minutes, remove each piece individually. Be careful of the hot water. Rinse and dry each piece with a soft cloth, and you’re done.

 

Making Diamonds Shine

To make your diamonds sparkle again, you can use a few drops of mild dish soap in a bowl of warm water. Soak for a couple of minutes and then use a clean soft-bristled toothbrush to get stuck-on dirt or grease. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth.

Be careful around the settings. Don’t brush so hard that you loosen the diamond or damage the prongs.

If you find your diamond is particularly grimy, try cleaning every few weeks so the dirt doesn’t build up too much.

 

Careful with Porous Stones

Take extra care with any jewelry that has porous stones, like:

  • Pearls
  • Emeralds
  • Coral
  • Opals
  • Turquoise
  • Jade
  • Amber

These types of stones absorb liquids, so you don’t want to soak them. Simply dip them in a bowl with lukewarm water and a few drops of gentle soap. Rinse off any residue and gently rub dry.

If you have a string of pearls or other porous stones, be careful that you don’t damage the knotting or stretch them by pulling or handling them too roughly. Try drying them them flat on a cloth.

 

Polishing Cloth

You might consider investing in a jewelry polishing cloth to brighten up your jewelry between cleanings. They are easily available and not very expensive.

 

Storing Your Jewelry

After cleaning—and when you’re not wearing it—make sure you put your jewelry away in a dust proof box. Protect your pearls by storing them in tissue paper. That way you’ll always have clean and sparkly jewelry at the ready.

 

Since jewelry is exposed to make up, hair spray, and other residue-producing elements, it will always need a some cleaning. If you stick to a regular schedule of cleaning and polishing, and you store it away properly when you’re not wearing it, you will be able to enjoy your jewelry whenever you want without too much muss and fuss.

 

Author Bio:

Leona J. Celis is a freelance writer and a professional jewelry appraiser from Los Angeles, California. With over 10 years of experience in the jewelry industry, she has worked with many different clients whose needs ranged from jewelry appraisal to gemstone repair and ring sales.

 

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