Sunday, June 5, 2011

Scrap Box Sunday: Cartoon Decoupage Earrings

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!


Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

These are so cute!!! :D I love them. My daughter, Shelley, wants to make a pair this summer. THanks for posting such an adorable tutorial!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Rissa, great idea! Love it! I sure wish I had saved all my old comic books from when I was young! And yes, I'm that old to know what comic books are and actually had a stash!

Anonymous said...

They look like little worlds! :)

c.w.frosting said...

Creative & gorgeous, plus a great tutorial! Your earrings always make me wish my ears were still pierced.

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

So pretty! I love that they're the comics/funny pages too! : )

Steph said...

What a cool idea to use comics! And I love those bead caps.

Jill said...

Rissa these are so adorable! i need to try this!

Kelly said...

Wow, these are very unique. Just gorgeous!


Jill said...

How adorable!! I love that you copied the comics so as not to destroy the originals!!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

What a neat idea! I love the look of these... glass-like.

Screaming Sardine said...

Ingenious! Very original and they look so cute. :)

Thanks so much for linking up to the Sunburnt Cow Party. I featured you over at the Screaming Sardine.


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