Bypassing the cringe-worthy intro and jumping to the point. I've been absent for sometime, which is really more like a regular habit at this point. Slightly weeping inside, for my soul that aches to be more consistent. A few weeks ago I made these cute earrings from felt. I thought you guys would enjoy these too, so here is a mini-tutorial.
These are easily my new favorites. They only cost me the time to make them. I already had all the supplies. If you don't have the supplies it will still easily be one of the least expensive wearable craft projects you can find. So let's hop to the tutorial.
This tutorial features a simple, minimal version and a more embellished final product. Pick whichever suits you. The more embellished one requires a few extra materials. Most of all of these materials can be purchased at Walmart or your local craft store.
-Rectangle craft felt- they usually range from .33 cents to 50 cents, super cheap. For this project you only need like a fourth of a rectangle.
-Ribbon crimps, mine are 20 mm
-Fish hooks in whatever color suits your fancy
-Flat Nose pliers, preferably ones that have a cutter. You don't have to have a fancy pair of pliers for this project, the dollar tree sells some for pretty cheap. If you do want to go ahead and buy ones specifically for jewelry they will prove to be a great moderately inexpensive investment. A set of jewelry pliers are better than one, but most everything below can be done with one. It is much easier with two.
Add on a few more materials to your list if you want to jazz up your pair of earrings:
-Beads, or any other embellishments you fancy
-Eye pins, for stringing on beads
-Jump rings in whatever gauge suits your fancy, make sure that you pick a size that will fit through your other hardware
Note: follow the links to get a better idea of what each item on the materials list looks like.
Once you have all your materials then you can begin to think about what kind of shape you want your felt to be. I chose a shape that was inspired by a Thunderbird and something that felt a little organic, like a leaf. If you are uneasy about picking a shape, play it safe. Pick a geometric shape: a triangle, a rectangle, a square. You can even layer two pieces of contrasting felt and create a concentric design. Play around with the design.
Cut out your shape. Below my shape is already cut and duplicated, and showcased with a few other materials I will use in the following steps.
Clamp ribbon crimp along top side of shape with pliers. I find it is easier to close the crimp if I first close it a little bit, before inserting the felt in between the jaws of the crimp. This technique helps the placement of the crimp stay centered and fully on the felt. Take this step slow and steady; it is hard to reopen a closed crimp. Below is a picture of the crimp clamped on the felt shape.
If you have opted for the more simple earring, then view the picture above. You only have one more step!! Open the fish hook, by twisting the loop open to the side with your pliers and sliding the loop of the crimp that is attached to the felt onto the fish hook. Once it is on, close the hook with your pliers. Your earrings are done!!
If you want a little more from your earrings then pull out your eye pin, as pictured below, and the beads you would like to string on it.
String on your chosen beads. Use the picture below for reference. The next step requires a bit of estimating. Look at the eye of the eye pin, the loop. You want to try and estimate how long the loop is if it were straightened. Once you have that estimate, you want the remaining pin exposed on the eye pin to be the amount of the loop if it were straightened. If you have too much left, cut the eye pin.
Use your round nose pliers to bend the remaining exposed eye pin into a loop.
Connect one side of the eye pin to the crimped felt shape. Connect the other side to a fish hook with a jump ring. It is easier with two sets of pliers when working with jump rings.
You may find that it is easier to do one earring at a time or to do each step with both earrings simultaneously. You could also try the whole solo statement earring as well.
Hope this proves to be helpful and worthy of the read and scrolling. May the next post arrive sooner than this one. In the meantime, let me know what you think and how you make this tutorial work for you !