Is there anything more satisfying than taking a cheap piece and making it look great? No, no there isn’t. That is the most satisfying of craft projects.
(Although I will allow that perhaps- just perhaps- making a total masterpiece from scratch is even more satisfying).
When I saw these brown string earrings with dull brown hearts, I knew they had potential. They just needed a little tweaking to achieve their better selves.
I sense a lot of potential here
I originally spotted these babies at a great accessories store in my neighborhood. It’s great because everything is $1.99.
I’m not a shop owner, but even I know that commercial rent in Queens isn’t nothing. I assume the owners must bulk order straight from AliExpress- how else would you explain these prices?!
ETA: Well what do you know, they have been raided and closed down. Must not have been paying rent after all!
A couple more $1.99 items from there:
I used the fleur-de-lis bracelet to make my first-ever mold, and used the cuff as a mandrel to shape my resin bracelets. Also, I just like wearing it. Note that it says “PRETTY IN PUNK”!
I picked up the earrings because I knew I wanted to tweak and play around with them, but didn’t have a particular plan. I worked it all out on the go, which is the most fun way to do things.