Tuesday Tutorials – Stylish Paper Clip Earrings

These are really nifty earrings, and super easy to make!  All you need is some string, paperclips, and earring backs.  They are very modern looking, and add a bold statement to any outfit without being too overwhelming or heavy.  Give them a try!

The original tutorial can be found at Evie S.

Paperclip Earrings

Materials:

  • 2 paperclips
  • string (embroidery thread is used here)
  • two earring backs

Instructions:

Unbend the clip at all three of the curves. Here is a diagram to show you where to open the paperclip to create this triangular shape.

 

Once you’ve got the triangular shape, you need to glue the ends together. Use a fast drying epoxy or hot glue. Next you can start winding your thread around the wire, then glue together at the ends.

The original tutorial used LiquidStitch, but I don’t happen to have any of that so I used a little hot glue and it worked well enough (though be careful or you’ll get lumps and bumps.)

Fig 1: Winding the string around // Fig 2:  Starting to wrap the string around the earring, secured with Liquid Stitch

Once you’ve wound all the way round and secured with glue, you can then take another length of string and wind around the width of the “earring” creating horizontal stripes or you can create a more messy look by creating a “net” design (see below).

Then just clamp on a pair of earring hooks.  Voila! Fun modern earrings that make great gifts!

My first experiment with these actually used colored paper clips and a minimalistic design of a color block around the center.  These turned out OK, but I definitely recommend wrapping the paper clip with the thread first.  The friction really helps keep everything in place.  Happy crafting!

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