There are a few things that are okay to be obsessed with. Like number #10 on this list. But what’s missing from that list is EARRINGS. They’re an instant mood-booster, especially when you don’t feel like doing your hair. And if you’re crafty (okay, even if you’re not), you can learn how to make earrings.
And you’ll have them for that next concert you’re going to (and have to sit down). 😂
Straight-edge blade knife
Fine tip marker pen
Drill bits sizes 48, 53 and 60
18 gauge, 5.5 mm wide silver jump rings
French hook ear wires
[OPTIONAL] Step 1: Paint the wood
You can get wood cutouts for jewelry in a variety of shapes. The wood cutouts come in their natural color.
If you like that, then go with it. Otherwise, paint them in a color you like. Metallic spray paint color works great as it will make your earrings look like they have a metal base.
You’ll only need to paint one side. Let the paint dry for 24 hours.
Step 2: Add paper
Plan designs for your earrings.
You can use complimentary paper patterns.
Or mix and match papers.
You might also want to try some designs with washi tape.
Cut a piece of paper larger than the wood. Then, add a layer of glue to your paper and the wooden cutout. Press them together and let them completely dry. This will take several hours and maybe even a day or two if it’s humid.
Step 3: Trim and finish edges
Use your blade knife to trim the paper close to the paper edge.
💡 Pro tip: If you don’t like the earring edge, color it with a pencil to match the paper.
If you want to make earrings with washi tape, now is the time to add it.
Step 4: Reseal with glue
Add another layer of glue onto the top of the paper. Let the glue dry before moving on.
💡 Pro tip: Resin can seep in from the sides too. Be sure to get the paper edges too.
⭐️ BONUS: Learn how to seal papers for resin projects
Step 5: Mix resin
Here’s the best part of how to make these earrings. It’s time to give the papers a glossy finish. Mix your epoxy resin according to package instructions.
Stir the resin and hardener together until it’s clear and streak-free.
💡 Pro tip: Be sure to scrape the sides of your cup and stir stick several times while mixing. If you don’t, your resin will cure sticky.
Step 6: Add the clear epoxy to the earrings
Drizzle resin onto the center of the flat surface. Only add enough resin to cover about half of the earring, then stop. Let the resin spread. Use your stir stick to draw the resin to the edge.
💡 Pro tip: If you’ve never domed resin onto a surface before, use your stir stick to drip your mixed epoxy onto the paper. You can make a mess if you pour too quickly from a cup.
Add a few more drops of resin to give your finish a higher dome.
If you want to add extra glitters and metal leaf, now’s the time to do it. Gently place them onto the resin.
They might sink, like if you’re using shaved ice.
But they might float in the case of metal leaf.
Go over the surface with a heat gun to pop any stubborn bubbles. Then, let cure.
Step 7: Drill
Mark a spot on each earring where you want to attach the jump ring. Make sure your dot is 3 mm from the wooden edge.
Start with the smallest drill bit and create a hole. When drilling with resin, go slowly. Resin is relatively soft, and you don’t need a fast drill speed to make a hole.
⚠️ IMPORTANT: Always wear safety glasses and keep your hair tied back when working with power tools.
Once you’ve created a small hole, redrill with the size 53 drill bit. Then repeat with the size 48 drill bit.
Why do you need to use different sizes? Like why not start with the large one?
It’s hard to control a large drill bit on resin earrings if you aren’t using a drill press. Creating a small hole acts as a guide for the larger drill bit.
Step 8: Add jewelry findings
Attach jump rings by pulling one side toward you and pushing the other one away. Then add your rings to French ear wire hooks.
Ta-da! You just learned how to make earrings with paper and clear epoxy resin.
You could use these for resin pendants too.
I love how the floating metal flake gives more depth to the earrings. It adds extra sparkle to the glossy resin layer.
And who out there doesn’t do ‘matchy-matchy’?
YOU ARE MY PEOPLE.
I can’t wait to wear these earrings. (and drive my husband crazy 😂 )
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