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These earrings are lightweight and make a nice tinkly sound when the chains brush the mica. They are also just a tiny bit sparkly. Mica is a mineral that grows all by itself in these really flat, thin layers. It diffuses and reflects light and images and is very heat resistant. Mica is a perfect forum for embellishment with stamps of all kinds. Consider using Staz-on inks to add words or images to the mica or split the sheets and place photos, watch parts, feathers or leaves in between them.

Ingredients:

- Mica
- 8 brass eyelets
- 1 pair antique brass simple loop ear wires
- Assorted chain, cut into 2 -2 inch pieces and 2-1.5 inch pieces
- 2 antique copper jump rings, 14 mm
- Optional: Diamond Glaze to seal edges of mica


Tools:
- 1/8th inch hole punch
- Awl
- Ball pein hammer
- Eyelet setter
- Self healing cutting mat

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Step 1: Cutting Mica

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You may wish to cut the pieces of mica if they are too large for your tastes. A sharp craft knife will slice through a sheet of mica. Drag the knife across the surface slowly to cut through one layer at a time. Be patient, this takes a while.

Step 2: Split Mica

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Once you have a piece of mica in the shape you want you will need to split it into two identical pieces. Fit the tip of your craft knife in between the layers of mica and gently split the layers by twisting the knife sideways until you have two pieces. If the edges of the mica seem like they will continue to split you can put a thin layer of Diamond Glaze on the edge with a paint brush or your fingertip. Allow the glaze to dry at least 20 minutes before continuing.