Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cheap and Easy Quartz Point Earrings

Generally, it can take quite a while between the time an idea is discovered and the time it is completed and blogged about.  Occasionally, projects (like this one) complete that whole cycle in less than 24 hours.  This happened due to a perfect storm of a day off of work, easy access to the supplies, a super easy project and a late night of election result watching/blogging.

I created these earrings after seeing them on eat.sleep.MAKE.  Please click on the link below to see their tutorial.

I made just one change -instead of dipping the tip in metallic paint, I used a leftover metallic paint marker that we never ended up using for this project.

I was easily able to find the earring backs and jewelry glue at Michaels - and I'm sure Hobby Lobby would have them too.  In Cincinnati I was able to get the quartz points for a great price at the Aquarius Star on Ludlow Ave. in Clifton.

I brought home the crystals and cleansed them in running water and then charged them a bit by placing them in the sun on a large piece of amethyst.

 Then I gathered my supplies and my assistant Leroy.

 Then quality checker Willy stopped by.

Then I got to work.  I made sure to vigorously depress the marker tip to get a pretty thick layer of paint. Once dry (only like a few minutes), I put a dab of glue on a flat side on each of the crystals and put on the earring back.  They were dry pretty quickly - maybe an hour-ish.  Then...Voila!

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