Easy Card Stock Earrings

  earrings measure 1.50" long

earrings measure 1.50" long

Easy and realistic looking gem jewelry can be surprisingly easy to create using printed images on card stock. While the "beads" do not have the body of a true gem, these gem-wannabes look like a thin slice of the real thing. A topcoat of magical, Diamond Glaze gives them a nice bit of dimension and a shiny surface. Adding real copper metal to the beads completes the illusion. As you might imagine, they are extremely light to wear. This fun project can be created in minutes. But you'll need a few hours for the glaze to set on each side.  

Directions

 step 1 - Download the bead template page. Print it on card stock on a color printer.

step 1 - Download the bead template page. Print it on card stock on a color printer.

 step 2 - Cut out the shapes with a craft knife or a stencil cutting machine. You will use four for each earring. Glue the shapes together with the design facing out on the front and the back. Add enough glue to allow you to slide the layers against each other. This will insure glue covers all the edges. Place a heavy object on the layers and allow the glue to dry.

step 2 - Cut out the shapes with a craft knife or a stencil cutting machine. You will use four for each earring. Glue the shapes together with the design facing out on the front and the back. Add enough glue to allow you to slide the layers against each other. This will insure glue covers all the edges. Place a heavy object on the layers and allow the glue to dry.

step 3 -  If there are any irregular or fuzzy edges, file them off gently with a finger nail file.

 step 4 - Color the white edges with a matching color marker.

step 4 - Color the white edges with a matching color marker.

 step 5 - Place the two beads on a protected surface. Apply a thin line of Diamond Glaze on the perimeter of each bead. Dot more in the center. The glaze will mound slightly and fill in the empty center space. Allow the beads to dry.

step 5 - Place the two beads on a protected surface. Apply a thin line of Diamond Glaze on the perimeter of each bead. Dot more in the center. The glaze will mound slightly and fill in the empty center space.
Allow the beads to dry.

step 6 - Apply glaze on the backside of the beads and allow them to dry.

 step 7 - Insert a nail head wire into a bead cap.

step 7 - Insert a nail head wire into a bead cap.

 step 8 - With round nose pliers, create a very small loop in the wire that extends above the cap. Trim off the excess wire.

step 8 - With round nose pliers, create a very small loop in the wire that extends above the cap. Trim off the excess wire.

 step 9 - Attach a copper earring wire to each loop. 

step 9 - Attach a copper earring wire to each loop. 

 step 10 - Apply E-6000 to the top portion of the bead.

step 10 - Apply E-6000 to the top portion of the bead.

 step 11 - Insert the bead into the cap. Press the bead to flatten it so it hugs the bead. Allow the glue set before handling.

step 11 - Insert the bead into the cap. Press the bead to flatten it so it hugs the bead. Allow the glue set before handling.

 


Supplies

At Michaels

  • Card stock
  • Craft Knife or cutting machine
  • Elmers Glue
  • E-6000
  • Marker 
  • Diamond Glaze
  • Copper wire 18 gauge
  • Copper erring wire

At Amazon

  • jewelry pliers and wire cutters
  • Copper filigree bead caps

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