Do you love Lego? Do you want to treat yourself with some Lego accessories? Do you know a girl that might, but not especially, also like Lego? Do you think you know someone who might be interested in some nice earrings ignoring the question of liking Lego or not?
If so, or for any other reason, then this is what you need!
These Lego earrings can be pimped with Lego diamonds or worn without, or pimped with any other Lego part you might want to pimp them with!
Step 1: Find Some Resources and Stuff
Of course we'll need some tools to start and finish this little project...
I just kind of used what I had lying around, so I'm sure you can do it with a lot of other and better tools than I had.
What I used:
- drill bits
- sanding paper
- Lego flowers
- cheap earrings
- some random tiny Lego parts
You obviously will also need some Lego parts. I know it's hard to get yourself so far as to cut and glue Lego, but in the end it was worth it. (and I got some parts in the closest but still way too far Lego shop, so I didn't have to sacrifice any Lego sets. yay!)
Step 2: Picking the Flower
Lets get started...
Take one of the Lego flower pieces and cut off the stem. I did this flush with the bottom of the leaves.
This leaves you with 2 pieces which we'll both use.
This is soft plastic and you will cut through it a lot easier than you might think.
That also means you might cut through your fingers just as easy, especially when you're working with a sharp knife!
Be careful in other words! I know the method I used is against all the safety regulations imaginable but I'm sure you can come up with safer ways. I suggest for example to secure the flower (with some padding) in a table clamp and cutting away from yourself.
Step 3: She Loves Me
Now take a drill bit that is a bit larger than the hole at the bottom of the flower. I used one with a diameter of 8mm.
You can easily do it by hand but it goes a lot faster with a light electric screwing tool or drill.
Don't drill too deep, just until you reach the bottom of the hole.
This gives us some room for the earring pin.
Step 4: She Loves Me Not
I used the same drill for the other part (the stem).
You can finish these parts buy sanding the cut edges a bit. Don't forget this plastic is very soft and elastic, so it will be hard to give it a nice finish. I sanded only to get rid of some irregularities in the cut.
Don't sand the whole piece! It will ruin it together with your day.
Step 5: Nothing Glue Can't Fix
Now put a drop of glue in both holes and drop the pin and lock in the stem and flower... put these right while the glue is still wet...
I used Velpon, but maybe a bit too much. The pins took 3 days to dry and broke a couple of days later. I suggest you use some instant glue or more elastic glue... maybe even Sugru would do the trick?
In the end I ended up fixing it with instant glue and only using just enough to make it stick.
Step 6: Plant the Flowers
I found some neat Lego pieces which were perfect for this project. they are tiny, green, and have a little hole in the bottom that can let the pin through.
I just pressed them on and let the glue dry...
I only had 2 green ones lying around which were supplied as back-up pieces in a really nice set. I made a picture of 2 yellow ones as un-glued reference.
Step 7: Diamonds. of Course.
In the cheap earrings I found to use for this tiny project there were 2 big fake plastic (I mean real) diamonds.
I found 2 transparent Lego pieces and drilled the stud off. I had to sand the diamonds a bit and ad some extra reflective layer on the bottom again, and glued them into the Lego pieces.
These can be added onto the earrings if, or when wanted.
This was by far the hardest thing to do, but in the end it's a nice addition, especially because the whole Lego idea of interchangeable pieces, modularity and creativity is still present.
Ad some notches onto a ring or necklace and you can add those diamonds anywhere you want!
Step 8: Finished!
There you go!
After the glue is dry, they're ready for use. Find yourself some ears and put them on!
Step 9: ...Or Not. Don't Forget a Box!
I thought it would be nice to present these in one of those nice little Lego boxes.
In the box I made a grass-green cardboard inlay with 2 little holes which hold the earrings. A little tag makes it easier to take out.
I filled half of the bow up with a brown paper box, to give some support to the green inlay and make it seem less empty.
Of course you can work with foam, cardboard, plastic, .. or whatever to present these earrings a bit nicer, but this seemed to me a nice and arty-farty way to do it.
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