Friday, February 12, 2016

Make Upcycled Eraser Jewelry

Hi again!  Today, a fun, kinda weirdo upcycled jewelry idea.  What do these pendants have in common?




They're made from erasers.



The flower ones are from the dollar store - four for a buck.  That awesome peapod came from the gift section of a Japanese grocery.  (Kawaii rules.)  There are fabulous erasers everywhere, some of them nothing less than works of art.

To turn an eraser into a pendant, you need a hole.  I wonder if you have ever tried making a hole in an eraser?  It's tricky.  You can't melt a hole like in plastic.  Poking a hole is possible but difficult - either the material crumbles and splits, or the hole is too tiny to be useful.

So what's the trick?  Power tools.  Yep, to get the job done, gotta use a drill.



I used a drill press, but a Dremel tool works, too.  You get a nice clean hole without splitting the material.  Huzzah!

Once you have a hole, add a headpin or jump ring.



For the pendant bail, simply close up the jump ring, or make a loop above the eraser like so:



Then string onto a necklace and enjoy the cuteness.





I really like that last one - the raw amber is interesting with the strange jellylike pendant...it's certainly unexpected, anyway!

Thanks for visiting, you guys!  See ya.

12 comments:

  1. I use erasers as ear stud stoppers all the time - A little trick that I learned in school. And in college we made a shoulder and chest chain with film negatives and fluorescent color erasers - this brings that memory back

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  2. Very kawaii! These erasers bring back high school memories. All my friends collected the cute erasers (and they smelled nice!) and we used to trade them on the school bus.

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    1. Oh, I had forgotten about the scented ones - an extra bonus! Thanks for the comment, Agy!

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  3. Well! These are just the cutest and most colorful creations. Erasers sure have come a long way since I was in school; those pinkish rectangles would be so boring. Thanks for sharing your creations at Talk of the Town.

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  4. Erasers? I have a few, but they are really colorful. Fucshia and yellow flowers or something like that! I loved the last one, with the little branch and the beautiful stones. Great idea Michelle!

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    1. Thanks so much, Zografia! I think a crazy colorful ones would be a fun potential pendant. Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

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  5. Great idea, there are so many wonderful erasers out there now....thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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    1. Thank you kindly, Sara - yes, I'm always coveting cute ones but couldn't justify buying them...now I might.

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  6. Very effective, and great gift ideas too, not to mention yet another great application for the humble power drill! It normally doesn't take long for an eraser to lose it's form and artistic merit forever, so well done for giving them a new lease of life.

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  7. What an awesome idea! Both my girls have amazing eraser collections - I'm sure they wouldn't miss a few... Hee Hee!!

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  8. Oh God! Dear Mich, You remind all of us about our school days.. Last year I made a keyschain with an iPhone design eraser. That was fun & easy making :)

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  9. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!
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    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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