Unfortunately, I can’t just spend a couple of hundred pounds on something to dangle from my lobes a few times a year. So just before Christmas, I made my own.
I’d bought this cobalt tartan skirt (now in the sale, by the way) for a couple of Christmas parties and wanted some bright blue jewellery to wear with it.
I used a similar technique to the one when I made this DIY gem necklace: you simply glue your stones to a piece of clear PVC, then cut round the shape and attach to a pair of studs (mine were part of a pack bought in Primark a while ago).
You will need:
♥ flat-back gems or rhinestones (see below for my suppliers)
♥ transparent PVC (I bought mine at Leeds market during my haberdashery shops haul)
♥ E6000 or other strong glue
♥ hole punch
♥ plain stud earrings in a co-ordinating colour
♥ craft knife
1. Start by planning out your design. When you’re happy, maybe take a photo so you remember it!
2. Glue your gems to the PVC.
3. When your glue is dry, cut round your shape as closely as possible with a craft knife. Leave an area of PVC at the top of your earring.
4. Punch a small hole in the piece of clear PVC at the top, and thread through your stud earrings.
It took a fair bit of searching on the internet to find the kind of gems I wanted. It’s complicated by the fact that different sellers give them different names: gems, jewels, cabochons, rhinestones…
♥ mummys2boys. Not used in this project but a good range of stones, and good value.
♥ Pretty vintage rhinestones. This is where I bought the white oval and navy and turquoise stones. This seller has some beautiful gems and bits and bobs for making jewellery, and it’s all vintage. Not all have flat backs, making them more difficult (but not impossible) to use in projects like this, but the choice of colours and shapes is the best I’ve seen anywhere.
♥ Sapphire jade supplies. I bought the black teardrop and grey rectangle gems from here but the shop looks a little empty just now.
How do you like this project? Perfect for parties – if you have any energy left after the festive season!