When Grandma recently moved house, I managed to aquire quite a collection of old comic books - I'm pretty excited about these and have a heap of ideas in mind! Here's my first one!
Cartoon Decoupage Earrings!
What you need:
* Wooden beads
* 2 earring hooks
* 2 head pins
* 4 bead caps
* Mod podge (I used gloss)
* Cartoons (I actually scanned my cartoons and printed a copy so I wouldn't ruin the originals)
What to do:
To hold my beads while I worked, I used a plastic picnic bowl and cut notches in the sides, through which I stuck a straw holding my beads. I would've preferred a chopstick or skewer because they're sturdier than straws but I didn't have one, and this IS scrap box Sunday after all!
Chop your cartoons into little pieces. Different shapes and sizes are good, but keep it small or it'll be hard to attach to your bead.
Use Mod Podge to cover your wooden beads with pieces of comic. Give the bead a final coat of Mod Podge as well for good measure.
Let them dry, remove them from your holder and trim off any rough bits around the bead's holes. They should be looking something like this:
The ink from my cartoons ran, blurred and faded - unsurprisingly! Do you have any tips to stop the ink running? In this case it actually looks kind of cool, but I don't want it to happen all the time.. I'll let you know if I work something out!
OK, now let's assemble our earring! For each earring I used a head pin, two bead caps and an extra little tiny bead cap for the bottom so my beads wouldn't fall off the end of my head pin. You might not need those, depends on the bead caps you use.
Thread everything onto your head pin and then use your pliers to bend the wire to one side, like so:
Trim off any excess wire, then use your round nose pliers to bend this into a loop:
Attach your earring hook then repeat the above steps to create your second earring.
And you're done! Some funky, statement jewellery with a geeky twist!