Intro: Wisdom Teeth Earrings
I got my wisdom teeth taken out about five years ago and I was really excited thinking of all the things I could make with them! I know sometimes the dentist has to break apart teeth to extract them, and all I could think about while going under anesthesia was hoping I could get the whole teeth. The only questions I asked were to make sure the dentist would give me my teeth after, and the first thing I said when I woke up from the surgery was "where are my teeth?!" I think I freaked out the nurses a little bit, haha.
I thought about trying to make some molds and casting them in metal, but I don't really have the facilities to do that where I live right now, so I decided to try something that's slightly easier!
Warning! You will see pictures of my real, human teeth, roots and all, in this Instructable. If that weirds you out, you might want to skip this one, sorry.
Step 1: What You'll Need
To make this, you don't need a whole lot, but the things you need are pretty specific:
- a mold-making medium. I used Easy Mold.
- some kind of resin. I used Alumilite because it sets in 10 minutes and sets white, which is the perfect color for teeth.
- glue. I swear by E6000.
- Earring backs of your choice. I used some I got at my local craft store, but you can find them on Amazon too!
- Teeth (sorry, I can't help you for where to get these!)
- optional variation-Use clear resin and glitter to make fun, sparkly teeth!
Step 2: Make the Mold
The mold making medium I was using came in two parts that needed to be mixed together in equal parts and then you have a very short amount of time to make it into the final shape you want. I mixed the two parts of the the mold making medium together until there were no streaks left, then rolled it into a ball and flattened it out enough to fit all four teeth in comfortably. I almost stuck the teeth all the way through the mold, which would have been bad, so make sure your mold is deep enough to get a good impression of your teeth without making holes in the bottom!
I chose not to include the roots of my teeth in the mold because I thought they looked kind of weird and it would be hard to get the teeth and casts out of the mold.
Step 3: Set the Mold
The mold making kit I was using only took about 10 minutes to set up, but the instructions said it needed another 24 hours to fully cure, or 30 minutes in an oven at 350 degrees F. Since was feeling impatient, I opted to go the oven curing route.
Step 4: Mixing and Pouring the Resin
The resin I used was a quick setting resin, meaning you have to work fast. It's mixed in a 1:1 ratio, which makes measuring easier. I use this little cups to measure each part, then pour both cups into a third cup and mix it up. If you are using this particular resin, you will notice the resin get slightly cloudy as you are mixing it, but keep going. Once the resin becomes clear again, it's mixed thoroughly and ready to pour. Pour it carefully into the mold. The openings are pretty small and don't hold that much resin, so I accidentally overflowed mine at first, but it's easy to cut off any extra afterwards.
Step 5: Un-mold Your Teeth!
The resin I was using set in about 10 minutes but takes more like half an hour to really reach its full hardness, especially in such small quantities. Wait until they are totally set and pop them out of your mold.
Step 6: Glue on Earring Backs and Wear 'em!
I used E6000 to glue the flat back earring posts to the teeth and let them set for 24 hours without messing with them. Since the resin and earring backs are both very smooth materials, I put a small amount of E6000 on the resin tooth and the earring, wait two minutes, then attach the two parts. This technique creates a very strong bond and keeps the pieces from slipping around on each other too much!
I also made some glittery teeth earrings using clear resin and iridescent glitter, as well as some dangly earrings! I had so much fun making these and I've been having a great time seeing what else I can glue my teeth to!
I listed some of these in my etsy shop if you're interested in wearing my teeth as jewelry :D