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.
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.
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.