Why hello everyone! Today we have an easy craft project: some earrings! I don't typically make jewelry because its not really my type of craft, but I was given some really cool pendants from my cousin and they just needed to be turned into earrings! Look at how beautiful these pendants are:
If I remember correctly, my cousin (shout-out to Corinne) said that these came from her husband's uncle who had made them himself and shipped them to her to craft with. I may have gotten that wrong, but let's just say that this is lovely handiwork from someone in my cousin's family. She loves to craft like my mother and I so graciously shared some of the pendants with us!
All that was needed for these earrings other than the pendants was some acrylic craft paint, small beads, kidney-shaped earring wires, jump rings, Superglue, tweezers and some long, thin pliers. For those wondering, kidney earring wires are the ones that have a small piece that allows the earring wire to be closed off once it's in your ear as opposed to an open wire. Here is an example if that doesn't make sense!
So first step was to attach the pendant to a jump ring. All I did was pry apart one jump ring with some tweezers and then slip the pendant on. Then before closing up the first jump ring, I added another to give the pendant some extra swing and make sure it faced the right way. Once this was taken care of, I just slipped the top jump ring into the indent in the wire where something is meant to hang and clamped the indent closed with some pliers to ensure that the pendant didn't slip off. Most of the pendants had a nice gold or silver detail in the middle so I did not do anything to them, but for the few that were just plain wood, I gently rubbed some blue paint on with my fingers to catch in the grooves of the design and give it a little bit of color. You will be able to see that better when I show you the finished product below!
After that was adding beads to the wire itself. To each earring, I added 2-3 small beads to the wire just above the pendant so that they did not interfere with the earring, but to give them a little more sparkle and color. I added the tiniest bit of Superglue between and underneath each bead before sliding it onto the wire just to ensure that the beads stayed in place and didn't slide off of the wire. And here they are! I have more pendants and do plan on making some more earrings, but this is what I made so far:
I know today was just a quick post, but if you have any questions about these earrings, please let me know!
Below are Amazon links to some products similar to those that I used for this project. If you make any purchases using the links below, I will receive some of the sale. Thank you!
P.S. I just linked some blank wooden pendants so if you want to make some earrings like this you get to be creative and design the pendants yourself!
I am a 24-year-old crafter and baker from New Hampshire!