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paper + glue = jewellery? series part 2

This tutorial is an up-cycle of some old shell backed earrings I have that were 'in' fashion a few years back - to be honest I probably wore them once ever. But the earrings can easily be made with some stiff cardboard instead.



You Will Need

Project Cost
Almost Nothing

  1. Step 1 1


    - Old earrings or some stiff cardboard
    - Pretty paper
    - GLUE - Diamond Glaze, PVA glue/ craft glue, Super Glue
    - Earring Findings

  2. Step 2 2

    - Grab your old pair of earrings and detach the parts from each other using a pair of pliers. Remember to keep all the parts because we will be using them later.

    - If you are using stiff cardboard then just trace 2 equal circular shapes - any shape you want really

  3. Step 3 3

    Grab your pretty paper and position your earring shape to find what kind design you'd like

  4. Step 4 4

    Trace the outline of the earring shape and cut

  5. Step 5 5

    Place a thin layer of glue over the earring shape

  6. Step 6 6

    Press the paper cut out onto the earring shape firmly. Don't worry about any overhang as you can simple push it back over the earrings to give it a nice curved shape.

  7. Step 7 7

    - Once the paper has dried, flip the earring shapes over and place a small amount of diamond glaze onto the earrings. Spread thinly.

    - Contrary to popular belief more diamond glaze dose not make your earrings look shiny it makes it look murky - can't you just tell I tried this! The murky colour is because the diamond glaze is already cloudy but once spread over colourful paper it also picks up that colour and just becomes glunky (for lack of a better word). Stingy is best!

  8. Step 8 8

    Once the diamond glaze has set in its nice shiny glory, grab your super glue to attach your findings.

  9. Step 9 9

    Make sure to press firmly and to be careful of your fingers. Once dry you will have a nice pair of matching shiny earrings.

  10. Step 10 10

    Paper earrings tutorial

    - So rather than waste the spare earring shapes/backings I had left over I decided to make paper earrings in a different way.

    - As with the first one, use the earring as a template to trace onto you pretty paper and cut.

  11. Step 11 11

    Apply a thin layer of glue before pasting down the paper, so it doesn't become soggy and leave to dry

  12. Step 12 12

    - Once dry flip the paper over and apply some diamond glaze - thinly! Can you see the murky colour?this probably needs to be spread thinner - though if you like super shine and don't mind waiting you could probably just wait for one layer to dry before adding the other.

    - Also if you didn't have diamond glaze clear nail polish would also work very very very well.

  13. Step 13 13

    Once the nail polish/ diamond glaze has dried, grab the earring findings from before - w00t saving money!

  14. Step 14 14

    Use the jump ring from before to poke a hole through the paper, going through the original hole that was used.

  15. Step 15 15

    Once secured you can affix your earring hook? to your jump ring and....

  16. Step 16 16

    Tah-dah new earrings, well two new earrings from one old pair!

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And you're done!



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