Hey guys! I promised to keep on working on this favourite project of mine, and it looks like I can keep my promise. It actually proves to be a bit difficult, but I’m not letting myself and of course you down. The world of crafting things and seeing beautiful pieces and clothes is just too interesting for me to just lay it aside (what would I do without it?).
In the real world of writing papers and reading page after page of scientific work I am in the middle writing my first chapter, so this happens to be working alright. The thing that nearly drives me to insanity is the construction work right beside my place, what with jackhammers waking me up on Saturdays at 7 am (of course from Monday till Friday as well), but I am trying to keep calm and help myself with earplugs (not working) or simply by taking flight to my parents’ flat. Quiet has never been so valuable to me!
Other than that, my summer is filled with bike trips to beautiful places, by open-air cinema events (planned) and by drinking wine in some other nice places (planned for the future and already done in a really nice garden with a hot tub). So this is summer, and summer for me requires some special summer dress code with summer accessories. This project started like most of my actual projects: I see something in a magazine, I find it too expensive, I decide to craft it myself, and I take a picture. Sometimes I already start the next day, sometimes I forget the idea in the chaos of my cell phone. This project belongs to the latter category:
- Golden chandelier earrings (Got mine at H&M)
- White modelling clay (which can be baked in the oven)
- Transparent varnish
- Jewellery pliers
- Sand paper or nail file
First sketch roughly how the small rods will look like; I decided to make them asymmetrical. The resulting shape serves as template, so carefully cut it out with a sharp knife or scissors. Roll out the modelling clay with a bottle until it has a diameter of about 0.5 centimetres. Place the template on the clay and cut around the shape with a sharp knife. With your fingers soften the edges a bit. Repeat this process 15 times, so you have 16 small rods in the end. Poke holes into the tips of the rods with a needle (make them a bit larger, so that the chain will fit through).
If you have bought already prepared earrings like I did, dissemble them by detaching the bundle of chains from the rest of the frame. Pick the bundle of chains to pieces. Take one of the earring’s jump rings and reattach one of the chains on one side of the frame.
Bake your small rods in the oven as prescribed on the package. With fine sand paper or a nail file, smoothen the irregularities you haven’t eradicated before. Enhance the appearance of the rods with transparent varnish. Thread the rods on the chain attached to the frame, then thread the other jump ring through one of the chain links closest to the last rod. Connect the jump ring with the frame and cut off the remaining chain. Repeat all these steps for the second earring. Done!
I really like the shape of these earrings, they are like the chandelier earrings of a Greek goddess. The white and gold colour combination fits perfectly to tanned skin and a dark and blue striped shirt or dress. But you can wear them to any colour. Hope you are inspired!