I've only scratched the surface of this craft, but I still want to write about it because I'm excited by its potential. As you know, I visited my local bead store recently. As I was browsing around for charm bracelet supplies, I was drawn to the hardware for making earrings. I've made dangly earrings before, after buying the hooks at a similar bead store, so I shouldn't have been surprised that earring posts and backs are also available for purchase. I was. Then the wheels in my head started turning, and I realized that all I needed was a glue gun (check), the hardware that I was eyeing (check) and something to glue to the hardware to get my hands on a new pair of earrings. After a quick glance around the bead store for something appropriate, I found some yellow aquarium stones and hustled home to experiment with my new craft. Voilà: I made the earrings pictured above in two minutes.
Aren't you excited by the possibilities? I want to make a pair of earrings with a googly eye on each post for my sister. She has two piercings in one of her ears, so they could be worn side-by-side. Do you see what I'm getting at? I assume she'd be up for this type of jewelry; she's been known to sport an earring made out of a bobbin from a sewing machine. That earring gets so many compliments from fellow sewers that I think I may have to copy her and make a pair of my own.
I made these dangly earrings a few years ago. They use the same supplies as the charm bracelets, but are much easier to make. If I were to make this type of earring again, I would first make these beads from recycled newspaper, as featured on A Storybook Life.
I guess what I'm getting at is that you can and should make earrings out of anything. Let's all take a cue from these vintage resistor earrings that were featured on the Craft Magazine blog.
If you don't have time to make earrings, I suggest you buy some that someone else has made. I've had tentative plans to buy a pair from Art School Dropout for years, and I'm also tempted by the treats made by my buddy Jesse. I like this pair. They are made from vintage enamel horse pendants on antique brass French-style ear wires, but sadly they are sold out.