So, as I mentioned a week or so ago, I recently got my ears pierced, and I’ve been making earrings all over the place in anticipation of being able to wear more cute stuff on my ears. Out of the blue I decided I wanted some cute, simple heart shaped studs and I had some left over brass from previous projects and decided that was the perfect material for these studs. I also took the time to take some progress pictures for you all to enjoy!

You can’t tell from this picture, but it’s actually two pieces of brass sandwiched and held together with rubber cement. I drew a small heart on a piece of paper and glued it onto the brass for a template.

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Like a lot of crafters, I have an excess of crafty things laying around my house.  Lately, I’ve been trying to work my way through unfinished projects and extra materials I have.  I also recently got 2nd ear piercings so I’ve been very excited to make myself some earrings that will fit in normal ear holes! (I have my original ear piercings stretched a bit, so normal piercings fall right out.)  So combine trying to use up crafting materials with the need for new earrings, and that equates to me making over 20 different types of earrings in one day.  After the first few ones I decided I should document the making of them!

Here are some of the materials I used in the beginning. As I went on I slowly added more and more out of necessity.

Materials pictured are:

  • Super Sculpey
  • black permanent marker
  • metallic pigment
  • a sharp blade

Materials not pictured:

  • earring posts
  • eye pins or head pins
  • needle nose pliers
  • glitter
  • nail polish top coat
  • two part epoxy glue

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I’m trying to revive this poor blog, and to do so I plan on posting more entries from my phone. I’m excited because I will be able to be more spontaneous with my posts.

This post right now is going to be about my current crafty fail. Recently I’ve been having a string of craft fails, most of them involving knitting somehow, but today it involves a project that I’ve done before. A while ago I told my sister I would make her a braided bracelet with black embroidery thread, and while looking through my crafting pile of crap I found some black embroidery thread so I figured I could make her bracelet right then! I got everything together, cut the thread and started braiding. I hadn’t made one of these in a while so it took a bit for me to remember how to braid it onto the chain, but once I got it I flew through it. And then it happened.

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I ran out of thread. Noooooooo. Guess I’ll be running out to the craft store later today! In the mean time I’ll be attempting work on my next knitting project- socks- which I’ve never done before. I don’t know if this is a good idea.

If you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been in a crafting slump.  The other day my younger sister showed me some earrings she wanted to purchase for prom but she didn’t like the wooden beads on them.  I guess my craft starved mind needed sustenance because before I knew what I was doing, I told her “I’ll make you some!”

And I gathered my supplies…

 

And then decided I’d share the process with you all!

The materials:
-feathers
-jewelry findings
-jewelry pliers -jump rings
-spacers or beads
-easily bendable wire
-sturdy wire*
-hoop template*

*These are optional – I made my own hoops because I couldn’t find any big enough.

Here are the inspiration earrings.  From Asos.

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I was browsing through Craftster a few days ago and saw a super cute bracelet made by fellow poster milesapart714 that she made based off a $300+ designer bracelet.  Her version was $3 and, in my opinion, much cuter.  I just knew I had to make one.  The next day I drove off to my nearest craft store and headed straight to the jewelry section.  Everyone that lives around me must have had the same idea because all of the short chains suitable for this bracelet were sold out, so I had to settle on buying a 60″ chain which was thankfully on sale!  After gathering all the materials; chain, jewelry findings, a charm and embroidery thread my total came to $7 bucks.  A little bit more expensive than milesapart714, but I now have enough materials to make a few of those bracelets and more if I really wanted to.

Here are some pictures of the making of the bracelet:

All my materials gathered up.  I used a darker silvery chain because it matches more of my stuff.

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