Intro: Book Bead Earrings
Wanting to incorporate books into jewelry, I came up with this idea. This Instructable shows how to make a paper cone bead out of an old book and how to attach them together to make a cube-like shape that is the center point of my earrings. I also show how to bead-it-up.
Step 1: Supplies
- Mod Podge
- Tacky glue
- 1" circle punch (or any size you prefer)
- book that's in bad shape that you don't mind cutting up
- scrap paper to use as a place mat
- paper clips
Supplies for turning the beads into earrings:
- large needle or safety pin
- flat nose pliers
- round nose pliers
- broken disco ball ornament/ gems/ sequins (anything to add a little bling to your beads- 12 pieces)
- small beads (I used 48 square 3/16" beads; 6 of each color)
- large beads (I used 8 cube 1/4" beads; 2 of each color)
- 2 earring hooks
- 6- 3/4" flat head pins
- 10- 3/4" jump rings (smaller would work too)
- 2- 3/4" eye pins
- 6- 2" eye pins
Step 2: Mod Podge Pages Together
- Find a good looking page in your old book- I used Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut- it is missing pages and in pretty bad shape so it is perfect to craft with.
- Brush on a thin but consistent coat of Mod Podge on both sides (left and right) of your book so that you have covered 2 pages entirely.
- Sandwich those 2 pages together and smooth it out.
- Let dry in front of a fan or in the sun.
- Once dry, flip over the Mod Podged pages that are now glued together and do the same thing again so that you have 3 or 4 pages all Mod Podged together.
- Make sure they totally dry before continuing.
Step 3: Punch Circles
- Using a 1” (or any size) circle cutter, punch 12 circles out of your dried Mod Podged page. Select areas that have words that catch your eye.
Step 4: Cut and Glue Circles
- Make a slit to the center of each circle
- Overlap one side over the other at the slit (about 1/2 inch)
- Glue it down to form a cone-like shape on each circle- making 12 cones
- Use a paper clip to hold the cone together and let dry
Step 5: Dress Up Your Book Bead
- Dab some glue in the center and put a gem stone or sequin in it to dress up your book bead. I had a small disco ball ornament that got crushed so I peeled some tiny glass squares off of that and glued them on. I figured that was a good use for a broken ornament and I liked that the square mirrors would match the square beads I'm using. (I originally did this step towards the end but I realized it made more sense to do it at this step)
- Use tweezers to place the gem in place
Step 6: Double Up
- Take 2 cones and glue them together on their side. Do this with all your cones creating 6 doubled cones.
- Use paper clips to hold them together
- Let dry a little before moving on
Step 7: Glue 2 Sets of Doubled Cones Together
- Glue 2 sets of doubled cones together- creating 2 sets of 4 cones all glues together
- Paper clip them
Step 8: Glue the Last Doubled Cones to the Sets
- Glue the last 2 doubled cones to the sets- now all your cones are glued together to make 2 cube-like shapes. Each one has 6 little cones all glued together. All the pointy parts of the cones are touching. These are the base parts of your pair of earrings.
- Paper clip them together and let dry.
Step 9: Pierce a Hole
- Decide which side of each cube you would like to use as the front of your earring.
- With that side facing you, pierce a hole on the bottom, top, left, and right of both cubes. (Ignore that I have thread hooked to my needle.) Use a needle or safety pin to pierce.
Step 10: Add Jump Rings and Eye Pins
- Thread jump rings through the pierced holes in each cube
- Before closing the jump rings, hook an eye pin to the bottom, left and right jump rings
- Close the jump rings with flat nose pliers
- Add beads to the eye pin (I created a pattern using eight 3/16 square beads per eye pin- baby blue, amber, gold, dark blue, red, iridescent blue, green and fuchsia)
- Using round rose pliers, curl the tip around and make an eye to close the end
- Do this to all 3 eye pins on each cube
Step 11: Add Dangly Beads
- Take a 3/4" flat head pin and thread on a larger bead (I used 1/4" cube beads in green, lime and sky blue)
- Using the round nose pliers, curl the tip of the flat head pin around, just like you did in the previous step
- Before closing it off, hook it to the bottom of the beaded eye pin
- Close it using the flat nose pliers
- Do this to the bottom of all 6 of the beaded eye pins
Step 12: Hookin' It Up!
You are almost finished!
- Remember that hole you pierced on both cubes back in step 9? Thread a jump ring through it.
- Attach a 3/4" eye pin to the jump ring.
- Thread a larger bead on to the eye pin
- Use the round nose pliers and curl the top of the eye pin, closing it off
- Tread a jump ring through the eye and put an earring hook on the jump ring
- Close the jump ring