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Step 1: Materials
- scrap paper
- compass or string and tape
- a sharp piercing tool (e.g. sharpened nail, dentist tool, thick needle, etc.)
- ribbon (preferably 3/4" wide or narrower)
- exacto blade
- earring hooks
- latex gloves
- fabric glue
- 2 pairs of pliers, *one pair may be a needle nose pliers
- * wire cutter
- * steel wire (about 22 or 24 gauge)
* optional material - for making jump rings
Step 2: Preparing the Template
Take a pencil and draw 2 circles onto a piece of scratch paper - one larger and one smaller. Use a compass or - if your like me and too broke to buy one - tape one end of a piece of string (or dental floss) to the pencil and hold the other end of the string firmly to the paper. Use the tension of the string to make a circle. After you are done tracing, cut these circles out.
Step 3: Still Preparing the Template
Take a thin piece of cardboard and trace the outline of the large circle. Next take the smaller circle and place it within the outline of the large circle, but slightly off center. Now trace.
Step 4: Finishing the Template
Using your scissors and exacto blade to cut this shape out. This is now your template - it is a stencil to be used only for tracing the cardboard backing for all the future earrings you are about to make. Using a template ensures consistency in the size and shape of your earrings.
Step 5: Creating the Support
Now, using the template, trace and cut out at least 2 more cardboard cut outs.
Step 6: Cutting the Ribbon
Measure and cut a piece of ribbon.
* the ribbon that I'm using in this demo is 1" wide and I needed a ribbon about 23" long. If you are using a narrower ribbon you will need a longer strip (e.g. a 1/2" ribbon will require a strip about 35" long)