Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fantastic Repurposed Earrings

Here's a pair of lovely, lengthy earrings - along with a little mystery.


Can you guess which inexpensive item I took apart, altered and reworked to make them?  Now, don't be hasty!  We are playing on the honor system here, so don't scroll until you have a guess firmly seated in your brain pan.

Are you ready to scroll?  Here we go...


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Hint: I found this item at the dollar store, a favorite haunt of mine.  Hmm...does that make you want to change your guess?  There's still time.

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Okay, friends, here's the answer.  It's..it's..tada!.



A dollar's worth of frilly, fancy plastic fan.  I bought some for fanning myself because it's HAWT.  And some for disassembling and reassembling into jewelry.

The DIY:

1. Use wire cutters to snip apart the connector holding the fan together.
2. Use the same wire cutters to trim two of the decorative spokes into a matched pair of dangles.  Tip: snip small bits at a time to shape the top and bottom - better to cut too little than too much.
3. If needed, run some sandpaper along the cut edges to smooth them.
4. With a heated poker, melt a hole near the top of each dangle.
5. Add earring findings to the two holes, as seen in the version at the top of the post.  Variation: make gold bead connectors to join the dangles to the earwires, like this:


Done!  Do you like them?  I do!  I have been wearing them every day since I made them.  Although, since I do not have pierced ears, I wear them as ear cuffs.


(Interested in ear cuffs?  For the world's easiest ear cuff DIY, click here!)

Okay, peeps, signing off for now.  I sure hope you had fun trying to guess.  See ya!

P.S. re-read the title of this post...see what I did there?  Tee hee.



7 comments:

  1. I thought they were plastic forks :)

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  2. Ha! I guessed right! =)
    They are lovely earrings!

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    1. I think you are the only correct guess so far - yay! Thanks, Centi!

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  3. I guessed wrong but I love them! ^^
    They would also make beautiful pendants! (or a necklacxe with a lot of them? Mh....)

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  4. Once again I was clueless.
    Once again I love your creations.

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  5. Oh wow, those are lovely! Like Divya, I figured it was some sort of plastic flatware. The truth is much more interesting.

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  6. Very smart! These fans are very cheap and available everywhere. We can make many out of this one fan. Perfect idea again <3 Thanks for sharing my dear.

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