Wednesday, January 13, 2010

earring necklace

I recently repurposed a pair of clip-on earrings into a necklace & took photos of the process to share...


in addition to the earrings I bought a chain & jump rings at michaels


remove the clip-on component using a pair of needle nose pliers


sand down any raised or rough area that is exposed when the clip-on is removed


for the long piece to connect the two earrings I used part of a pin back


I cut off the pin & catch at either end


then sanded down the edges so they were nice & smooth


next I used e-6000 glue {be warned its stinky & toxic} to secure the pin back to the earrings


after it was dry I used more glue to add the jump rings - a stretched out paper clip provided support while it dried


finally I removed one link from the chain so I had two ends to attach to the jump rings & there you go...a necklace!

**edit to add: soldering the pin back & jump rings onto the earrings would be a more secure way to construct this but I don't know how yet. if you use glue, double check you've used enough on the jump rings especially & just keep in mind when you wear it that it is more delicate than soldered type jewelry.

53 comments:

Cerise said...

Beautiful and thanks for the tutorial of the process!

Danielle said...

oh it is *gorgeous*. You crafty gal. ;-)

danielle thompson

Erin C. said...

Wow, you are so creative! Very pretty necklace.

julie (jane's apron) said...

Very cool...thanks for the idea. Now I'll be looking a little closer for earrings at the thrift store.

samboy said...

wow thats so pretty! x

Drop Stitches Not Bombs said...

That is beautiful, and such a clever use for clip-on earrings, which I have always found have me whimpering with pain after five minutes on my ears.

Bethany said...

Love it! Very creative, and a beautiful necklace!!

Silver Sisters said...

LOVE it!

B Lines said...

That is amazing. Now I know what I can do if I see some really great clip ons at the antique and collectibles places I shop!

Michelle said...

beautiful! thanks for sharing!

nima said...

wow...that looks gorgeous

Mrs. Priss said...

This is SO lovely and an amazing idea!! I'm definitely going to do this.

Sarah M said...

Thank you for this! I just found 2 vintage earrings I wanted to do this with, and now I know exactly how to do it!

macati said...

woweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
this is cooooool!!!!
so beautiful! great job!

Anonymous said...

That's my sister!!! She's so crafty - isn't the necklace fabulous!
#2

kristin said...

what genius to come us with such an adorable idea!! thanks for showing us how :)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

WHOA! That is gorgeous! I love the earrings you used, the result is really stunning. Thanks so much for this fabulous idea. I'll be linking to this if you don't mind.

Alli said...

Beautiful! I love this idea.

Amy said...

I love this! So, so pretty!

Katy said...

Very nice! And seems relatively easy, too!

Kristena said...

Great idea, and great tutorial! Now I remember why I bought a tube of E6000... :)

laeroport said...

The February issue of MSL has directions for turning old brooches into a necklace. I love the symmetry of your earring placement. :)

JewelryMaking@CraftGossip said...

Excellent tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing. I love the modern look that you have created with a pair of outdated earrings. Here's hoping we all find such great earrings to work with in our treasure hunts.

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

you are amazing. before i saw the picture, i thought this is undoable by me. Thank you for the tutorial. It's kind of how I craft: pretty practical, with loads of recycling if at all possible.

then, when i read your post, I realize that I just made a great Peace necklace, also repurposing an earring for it. I have to say, I love how mine came out. It's on my blog.

Irish Kathi said...

GREAT doable project thanks to your tutorial! Love it!

christyanthemum said...

oops, actually, I saw the link at Craftzine's blog, not Crafster.

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

This is such a great idea! I will have to do it with some earrings I have that are too heavy to wear on my earlobes.

aramblingfancy said...

Oh wow! I will definitely use this idea to re-purpose some of my grandmother's costume jewelery that is missing its mate or just too heavy for my ears. Awesome!
~Christine H.

The Beading Gem said...

This is a very clever tutorial. Loved it the minute I saw it on Craftgossip. Now I'm wondering if my mother kept her old clip ons!

OK to blog and link about your tutorial with the use of one photo? I couldn't find your email.

Pearl

Bridget said...

uh---brilliant!

LearnHowToMakeBows said...

WOW this is stunning!!

Thank you!
Jenn
http://www.FreeCraftsNewsletter.com

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

Wow, that has resulted in a fantastic necklace, whereas I just can't see anyone wearing them as earrings. Brilliant!

ROOTMIX said...

i'd love to link over to this tutorial from my blog. i keep a special eye out for reusing materials in crafty projects! let me know if that'd be cool.

cheers,
rootmix

Clare said...

Wow what a good idea! I love anything which reuses unwanted materials and I always see clipon earrings in thrift stores. Once I've found something to sand with I'll be trying this out!

Beth H said...

Wow! this is an awesome tutorial. such a great idea for re-purposing all of of those pretty clip-on earrings that languish in thrift store display cases.

Brooklynbee said...

So cool! Can you tell us more about the sanding tool you used? Where to find? Is it expensive/difficult to use?

Viv said...

Nice! I have several pair of vintage (code for old....and kinda cheap) earrings that I would never wear as earrings but as a centerpiece of a necklace they would be striking.

g said...

wowza - thank you everyone for all the nice comments!! :)

brooklynbee - the sanding tool I use is a black & ddecker RTX rotary tool. it's very easy to use but it was a hand-me-down so I don't know how much it costs or even if they make them anymore. sorry I don't have more info for you...

rootmix & the beading gem - I'm flattered you'd like to link, please feel free & thank you for asking :)

thanks for pointing out that MS feature laeroport - I'll have to check it out!

please let me know if any of you make & post a necklace inspired by this tutorial - I'd love to see & again thanks for leaving a comment, I loved them all :)

buttercup caren said...

love this tutorial (so much so that I just tweeted about it @buttercupcaren). This is so perfectly inspiring to me, as I'm dying to do try out jewelry upcycling!
Thanks so much for sharing & making it so easy to understand! :)

Emily said...

I did something similar to this last year where I took a pin and turned it into a necklace! I wish I'd had that power tool though!

Also, I'd love to link this to my blog. Would you mind my using a picture?

Sophie said...

I love your style..
So creative and so recycle..
Hugs,

Kristine said...

The necklace is beautiful! I have a bunch of vintage jewelery i would love to refashion. Thank you for the inspiration! Hope you don't mind if I link to you if I ever make my own attempt(maybe in 2012...)

Melissa de la Fuente said...

This is lovely and you are adorable! Thank you for your incredibly sweet feedback on etsy, look for the feature on you tomorrow! And you had to go and make a tote version didn't you?! Now, I am going to obsess about that until I get one! :)
xo
Melis

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msmorris said...

Love love love it!!

Meg said...

Fabulous idea! I'm looking for repurposing projects for a community class and think this would be amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Beadaciously Yours said...

I just ran across this today, but it is a wonderful idea. I am excited to go through my old jewelry box and look for earrings at garage sales that I can use for this. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy said...

Glue was the only option in this case. Jewelry soldering uses a torch and high heat. Those lovely earrings would've been turned into a base metal & white puddle of goo.

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

What a wonderful idea. I'm so glad i kept those old clip-ons! Thanks

mouse said...

oh this is so gorgeous :)

Shea Davis said...

I cannot wait to try this out!!! Does this work with all size clip ons? ldavisitvc@gmail.com

Mary Anne said...

You could also use a 20 gauge wire to create a bail with loops at the end so you could glue that, and then you don't have to worry about the small jump rings. Lovely repurposing job!

Zane Wooder said...

The necklace looks beautiful on you. I wish I could get something like this for my mom. Her month would jaw drop if she got a gift like this.

-Zane of ontario honey