If you find yourself staring blankly at the department store jewelry case and thinking that none of the earrings suit your personal style, take matters into your own hands and become a DIY jeweler. Creating your own earrings in different styles requires only basic crafting supplies, so even if you have never made jewelry before, you can pick up the supplies and the skills you need in a relatively short amount of time; you can find craft earring studs and backs at most craft stores.
When your sewing kit is overflowing with buttons, put some of them to good use by fashioning a pair of earrings. The most basic type of button earrings takes only a few minutes to make. Use a hot glue gun to glue an earring stud to an acrylic button, and already you have a basic earring. If you want to make the design more elaborate, cut out a small circle of fabric, wrap it around the button and sew it in place -- your earring now has a printed fabric design.
If you prefer earrings that dangle instead of studs, a pair of feather earrings is a relatively simple project. Instead of buying stud earring backs, buy a pair of dangly earring bases. Trim a craft feather to size -- it can be as big or small as you prefer -- and loop a short length of string through the earring back. Glue the string to the tip of the feather, then use a piece of colored string to hide the glue and more securely attach the feather to the earring.
Oven-bake clay, available at most craft stores, gives you the ability to sculpt your own earrings in genuinely one-of-a-kind styles. Sculpt your clay into small shapes that may work either as studs or dangling earrings, whichever you prefer. For example, you may shape your clay into small hearts, letters, flowers, radishes or other shapes. You can also engrave with a rotary tool. When your sculpture is finished, press the earring backing into the back and bake the clay according to its instructions. Alternatively, you may bake the sculpture on its own and hot glue the backing on later.
Embellishments from other pieces of clothing or accessories can be quickly and easily repurposed into homemade earrings. Ornate rhinestones and pearls, acrylic flowers and other embellishments taken from dresses, sweaters and vintage clothing may find new life as your jewelry, so pop them off old garments and set to work. If embellishments have backings in the way, cut them off with a small razor blade and hot glue earring backings in their place.
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