Hi! Do you think these are interesting?
If you like the look of hand-coiled wire earrings, but don't wanna coil them yourself, you can outsource the job. Seriously, it's super easy.
Here's what you do.
Wait for it...
Go to Staples. Buy a box of these:
How easy was that?
There are lots of fancy-shaped paper clips available; I plan to try this experiment with others as I find them. But it was the antique-gold finish of these, and the elegant swirls, that really grabbed me. The box cost $2.99.
To make a pair of earrings, you'll need minimal supplies. As in, 2 paper clips and 2 earwires.
For some designs you'll need a pair of pliers, just to open and close the earring finding. But for many, you won't need any tools at all. You can just thread the earring loop onto one of the paperclip ends, and follow the shape around until the earwire is centered at the top.
I find it's best to start them all with this move:
I just flipped up the 'u'-shaped paperclip part, so it ends up being above the musical note. Then I uncrossed the wires of the musical note, so there are two swirls side-by-side. Like this:
You can simply thread on your earwires and wear them like that -
Kinda cute? That's a two-second earring. Can't be bad!
From that starting point, I just experimented and twisted and wiggled them into all kinds of fun shapes. I wrapped parts of the wires around a pencil to make some extra loops and curves. You can add a bead or two for variety.
But really, I think the wirework is the real focus. Oh, man, I looove these paperclips!
Wait til you see what else I'm going to do with them.
Second picture from top- I WANT THOSE! And I want a necklace to go with them, thank you very much. ;)ReplyDelete
Seriously, you rock!
Now I finally have something to do with those owl-type paperclips I love so much!ReplyDelete
OK, seriously, Michelle, do you just search for these things?! I LOVE the musical paper clips (I'm a piano teacher) and I love beading. What a great, quick, darling project. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Wow. What a great idea. Where do you come up with these ideas?ReplyDelete
you must write book on jewelry.your thinking is so good.ReplyDelete
Hmm...I'm starting to think outsourcing isn't all that bad! Seriously--would have NEVER thought to use paperclips!! I'm in awe of your creativity!ReplyDelete
Seriously, those are awesome.ReplyDelete
What great earrings! Very creative. :)ReplyDelete
Loving the way your creative mind works! These are very clever and cute. Thanks for showing them off!ReplyDelete
Way cute! Who knew there were such cute paperclips out there?ReplyDelete
So clever and creative! These look fabulous! Fantastic job and gorgeous designs. Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie LynnReplyDelete
it is a Great idea,thanks....ReplyDelete
Decent! I used to work at a Staples and have since avoided it...If they still have them I may go in...LOL!ReplyDelete