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Refashioning Cheap Earrings

earrings 24aIs 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 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 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.

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The Golden Egg

Hello and welcome to my first post. I look forward to blogging about all sorts of crafts in your general direction!

Shiny

Shiny

With Easter here, there was no way to avoid all sorts of lovely egg inspiration. Know what I mean?

For this first project I wanted to do a golden egg, like the ones that are always popping up on articles about saving money and planning for retirement. (Examples here and here).

I confess I didn’t take the advice yet, but I do like the pretty eggs.

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It’s an easy project. You will need golden craft paint, brushes, a bead reamer, and of course an egg.

Bead reamer, egg, Venetian Gold craft paint

Bead reamer, egg, Venetian Gold craft paint

Step 1. Drill the Egg
First part is to get a perfect egg shell. Obviously, we do not want to paint a raw egg straight out of the carton. Eggs don’t spoil nearly as easily as people think (one summer I left eggs for an entire month in my campground food locker in Yosemite, and they were still good), but eventually it will happen. (more…)