I made these buttons and dangles:
From a set of soft plastic jacks from the dollar store.
I love them so much, I could marry them.
Want to DIY? Here's how.
Begin with jacks that are flexible plastic; they need to be able to bend just a little.
Heat a thin poker and melt a hole.
Stack two colors of your new four-armed 'beads,' and sandwich them between bead caps. Thread the sandwich onto a headpin.
used some plastic flowers in place of those bead caps:
Tip: Try to use something symmetrical to make the 'bread' of the sandwich. Off-center flowers, or bead caps with an odd number of petals, won't squish the jacks together tightly. You'll end up with wavy balls. And wavy balls are not normally a good look for anybody.
Finish with a wrapped loop at the top of the sandwich.
To visit my original tutorial on turning beads into shank-style buttons (one of my favorite posts ever), click right here.
Question. If I'd used these in a "Guess The Mystery Thing" game, would you have guessed jacks? Or would you have been mystified?
Hope you enjoyed this funny upcycle. See ya!