Making jewelry can involve low tech and inexpensive materials. This instructable will show you how to make jewelry using the simplest of materials: construction paper, glue, sandpaper and time.
I have done this project with elementary students as young as second grade. It CAN be done with more sophisticated equipment, but since I don't own any of these items except for a dremel tool, I won't show you that path. But hey, if you have the equipment, use it!
I'm completing this instructable as a teaching tool as I plan on showing my middle school art students this as a demo for class. (And they will be completing through low tech methods!)
Construction paper, card stock
hand drill or hand punch
Step 1: Trace, Cut and Glue
Cut out the design.
Trace. Trace....trace some more.
If you had one of those fancy machines you could use it and then presto! But alas, no fancy machine...
Stack and glue.
Let dry overnight.
Step 2: Mistakes Can Be Used to Teach
I had designed and started to cut out a flower shape. The flower was a failure as far as making a jewelry piece, but I'll use this for my students to show the problem with a design that is too complicated or that cutting wasn't done carefully enough.
As I started to stack up before gluing, I noticed that the designs weren't lining up properly. And honestly I also wasn't looking forward to sanding this later on. If I'd had a bigger flower (was making earrings), this design would have worked. But the size was too small and my cutting not accurate enough.
Step 3: Sandman
I like doing things by hand. My students will be doing this also by hand, so I needed to time it so I knew how much time it was going to take, approximately.
Step 4: Finishing
My students will NOT use their feet.
Other finishing touches
- add drawn or cut details
- add lacquer (clear nail polish) to waterproof and also to make the colors pop
- maybe glitter nail polish (can really see my students liking that!)
Step 5: Enjoying Craft
This was a fun project for me, and I know my students will also enjoy it. It is fun to make something out of such simple materials.
There is a joy in simplicity and making things with your hands. Thanks for allowing me to share this joy with you!