It's my neighbours Jasmine's birthday on Saturday and she is having a 1966 party - I want to give her a pair of earrings made out of plastic bags; I have already published an instructable on upcycling plastic bags and I think that they will be perfect for a pair of 60s earrings.
I Google 60s earrings and find this great picture of Twiggy, Jasmine's dress is white so these will be great.
Step 1: Ingredients
- Plastic bags
- Baking Paper
- Printed template
- 2 part epoxy
- 1 pair of sterling silver ear posts and butterflies
- Sharpie pen
- Nail polish
- Single hole punch
Step 2: Template
The PDF is probably the one to print, I have just put a JPG up to show what's on it.
I have made the earrings quite large, but the PDF can be printed smaller.
Step 3: Ironing
I have found it difficult to get the heat right, I start at "synthetic" and it's taking so long I go to "silk" and suddenly the plastic is very melted.
Step 4: Cutting
Use the template to cut the shapes, the different colours are grouped separately.
After cutting the shapes were still a bit curved so I left them overnight in between the magazines.
Step 5: And Pasting
My original idea had been to fuse the flowers on, but they were just too thick.
So I glued the flowers on first, then the earring backs.
Step 6: Fiddling
Make the holes in the earrings and thread the jump ring through them, because the earrings are very light I haven't glued them.
Step 7: Where Is the Paisley - It's Here.
So it turns out Jasmine is wearing a pink dress. This gives me an opportunity to try fusing the plastic. I already had the white from the daisies so I ironed some thin pieces of pink, cut them and then ironed them onto the white. The same principle as before - starting as low as possible and increasing the temperature very gradually.
Step 8: More Is More
The fused plastic seems too boring so I get out the nail polish, still not enough so I get out the fibre tip pens, I use the one that seems blackest and most hardy which is the Sharpie rub-a-dub.
Step 9: Bonus Earring
I am wearing black and white to Jasmine's party so I make a pair for myself as well.
I use a hole punch to make the holes and the same Sharpie to draw on them.
Because I don't have pierced ears I glue clips to the back rather than posts.