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No stealing the picks.....get your own
My boyfriend won't take me shopping to HIS stores anymore because I STILL find craft supplies!

I just love the faux abalone picks out there, all the different colors!

And we don't talk about the Beatles pick I found!

Posted by Wendy H. from Bangor, Pennsylvania, United States • Published See Wendy H.'s 9 projects »
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  • How to make a guitar pick earring. Guitar Pick Earrings  - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get yourself some picks. I cannot believe what they have out there, so pretty. The thickness doesn't really matter here because the beads keep them hanging down nicely. The blue pair was thin, the white was medium.

    And just because I need to have everything SEMI-perfect, I made a pattern for the drill holes.

  • How to make a guitar pick earring. Guitar Pick Earrings  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Gather up the findings supplies. I used the blue craft wire for a bead that didn't quite work on an eye pin or head pin.

  • How to make a guitar pick earring. Guitar Pick Earrings  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Find some "Bling" and beads for your earrings.

    I used nail gems, plastic gems, and a couple of large recycled glass rhinestones.

    Some of the beads are recycled, some new.

    Lay out your bling how you want it to look on the pick.

    And lay out how you want the beads to hang below the pick.

  • How to make a guitar pick earring. Guitar Pick Earrings  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Mark the holes on the pick. Use your choice of method for making the holes.

    I use a Dremel because I have one, and I'm lazy and want the job done QUICK.

    :P

  • How to make a guitar pick earring. Guitar Pick Earrings  - Step 5
    Step 5

    This is the brand of dimensional glaze I use for EVERYTHING.

    (I think I should get paid for the plug, thankyouverymuch!)

  • How to make a guitar pick earring. Guitar Pick Earrings  - Step 6
    Step 6

    Squirt some dimensional glaze on the pick and spread it around to make a thin layer. This will be the glue for the "bling" and it will also give it a nice glossy look.

    And besides, it keeps you from getting the dreaded "over spill" look that you would get from just gluing the gems on.

    Place arranged bling on pick.

  • How to make a guitar pick earring. Guitar Pick Earrings  - Step 7
    Step 7

    I place the picks under a bowl over night to dry. That way there is no dust to settle on the glaze and you have a nice glossy finish.

    Letting it dry over night also assures that the glaze is totally dry and you won't get imprints from your fingers when you handle it.

  • How to make a guitar pick earring. Guitar Pick Earrings  - Step 8
    Step 8

    While your picks are drying, you will have time to "string" your beads onto your head/eye pins.

    The big blue beads I picked required some basic wire wrapping.

  • How to make a guitar pick earring. Guitar Pick Earrings  - Step 9
    Step 9

    Almost done.

    Waiting for the picks to dry.

    Actually I worked on 2 other projects and went to bed while waiting for the picks to dry.

  • How to make a guitar pick earring. Guitar Pick Earrings  - Step 10
    Step 10

    Add the head/eye pins to the pick and you are done.

    And WOW they're long. I think I'll get rid of the silver beads above the big blue bead.

    Live and learn.

  • How to make a guitar pick earring. Guitar Pick Earrings  - Step 11
    Step 11

    Close up of the pattern for the drill holes.

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Wendy H.
Wendy H. · Bangor, Pennsylvania, US · 9 projects

Thank you Wendy. I'm hoping to post more after the holidays. BTW my last name begins with an H also.

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wendy h.
wendy h.

I love all your projects but this is the best so far!!!!!

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Pearl B.
Pearl B. · Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada · 1 project

Very inspiring tutorial! I just featured it on my blog - http://www.beadinggem.com/2010/12/how-to-make-guitar-pick-earrings.html

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Wendy H.
Wendy H. · Bangor, Pennsylvania, US · 9 projects

Thank you Pearl! That would be a great honor!

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Pearl B.
Pearl B. · Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada · 1 project

Just an excellent tutorial and end result. I will feature and link in a future blog post!

Pearl
http://www.beadinggem.com

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Shana
Shana · stoughton, ma, United States

ahh it's people like you who make me wicked happy! you are so creative and that is exactly what we need more of in this world. thank you :)!

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Wendy H.
Wendy H. · Bangor, Pennsylvania, US · 9 projects

Thank you Pumpkin!

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Pumpkinniki
Pumpkinniki · Summerville, SC, United States · 12 projects

Those are the best pick earrings I've ever seen! Love 'em!

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Wendy H.
Wendy H. · Bangor, Pennsylvania, US · 9 projects

Thank you both

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Becks S.
Becks S. · , Pennsylvania, United States · 36 projects

those are g.e.o.r.g.o.u.s.!!!

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