Hi! I haven’t done a tutorial in a long time, and since I’ve been stuck inside for the past 5-ish days due to crazy rain, I figured I should occupy myself somehow.
*Disclaimer – these earrings involve a lot of strong smelly glue, so they stink and they take a while.
Here is the Stella & Dot Version: (which is super cute and I would probably buy if I saw them in person)
And here is my DIY version:
To make these earrings you will need:
2 Crystal or rhinestone buttons with shank backs
I used these, which I found at Jo-Ann’s on sale for $2.97 instead of $10.99!
Blank post earrings
Antiqued silver chain
GS Hypo cement
If you are patient, these earrings are pretty easy to make. I am not, so they drove me insane. You can also adjust any of the measurements to make the earrings more or less dangly.
1. Using the wire cutters, snip the shank off of the back of the button so that you basically have a large rhinestone in a setting. (You’ll see in the pictures that I actually did this later on when I made mine, but it makes more sense just to do it first.)
2. Cut two 6″ pieces of the antique silver chain. Using a toothpick, place some E-6000 glue along the top half of the rhinestone and lay the chain in it so that it wraps around and hangs down the sides, like this:
3. You may need to hold the chain on the rhinestone until the glue sets a little bit. Repeat for both rhinestones and let the glue dry. You will then have this:
4. Once the glue is dry enough (I think I waited maybe 10-20 minutes), you can flip the earrings back over and use E-6000 to attach the posts to the backs of the rhinestones. This makes the earrings a little easier to work with.
5. Cut 2 approx. 6″ pieces of the gold chain. This time, flip the earrings over and use the GS Hypo cement to place glue exactly on top of the antiqued silver chain. (E 6000 is too goopy and messy for this precision.) The gold chain should hang down just outside of the silver. Let the glue dry.
6. Cut two pieces of the rhinestone chain a little bit longer than the length of the chains hanging down the sides. (Probably around 3″ ?)
Keeping the earrings face down, place a dab of the E6000 glue in the middle of the bottom edge of the rhinestone’s setting, in the empty space between where the chains are hanging on either side. Press the top rhinestone on your piece of chain into the glue until it sets. Once it sets enough for you to let go, add some hypo cement for extra security. Let it dry.
8. Once it’s dry, flip the earrings over again and put them through a piece of cardboard or something to hold them still and flat. Cut two more pieces of the rhinestone chain, each only 4 rhinestones long. Put hypo cement along the chain that borders the top of the earring and press the rhinestones into it. Add a little more around the edges to really secure the stones, then let it dry.
9. You’re done!