Easy DIY Turquoise Earrings

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I’ve had a love for all things Southwestern since I went there on a summer outdoor adventure trip in high school. We traveled by van all over the Southwest, up the coast of California and then back to the Midwest. It was one of those trips that leaves life long impressions on one’s heart and one that has helped shape me into the adventurer I am today. My Mom bought me a large Southwestern sweater blanket for Christmas many years ago knowing how much I love the Southwestern look. That sweater must be at least 15 years old by now, and I still love it to this day. It’s big, bulky, comfortable and colorful. It has leather ties that wrap around big Native American influenced buttons.

For years, I’ve had little luck finding earrings that have the same southwestern feel, that compliment this sweater. In my opinion, when it comes to beads, nothing says southwestern better than Turquoise, so when I saw these silver feathers, I knew immediately that these two materials would make the perfect pair of DIY earrings to go with my favorite sweater. These really are a simple pair of DIY earrings that go together in no time. Let’s get started.

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Step 1.  Take the head pin and slide any bead combination onto it, including your turquoise bead.

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Step 2.  Take the round nose pliers and bend the wire to the left at a 90 degree angle.

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Step 3:  Bend the wire back around to the right side.  This will make a loop.  Leave a slight opening.

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Step 4.  Slide this onto the feather charm.

Step 5.  Close this loop by using the round nose pliers to wrap around the head pin.  Trim off the excess wire with the wire cutters.

Step 6.  Open the jump ring with the round nose pliers.  Slide the feather charm, that includes your turquoise bead, onto the jump ring.

Step 7.  Slide the jump ring through the bottom hole of the french earring wire.  Close the ring.

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There you have it!  A great accessory to add to any wardrobe, but especially one that is influenced by the Southwest.  I can’t wait to wear these DIY earrings with my sweater.

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Enjoy your new DIY earrings!

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Geometric Birch Earrings

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I’m in love with everything geometric lately as well as gold.  I’m sure you  have seen all of the gold and geometric trends out there.  So, I decided to that I needed to create a pair of earrings that encompasses both of these ideas.  I chose to use very thin Birch plywood this time around because I really liked the contrast of the light wood with the beautiful metallic colors.  I also like to use new or different materials to create a unique one of a kind look.

Here’s What You Need:

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Step 1:  I created the rounded rectangle shapes for the earrings using the Cricut Explorer.  You can download my free earring file above.  This will create 5 pairs of earrings.   Upload the png file into the Cricut Design Space.  Apply the Birch plywood to the mat and let the Cricut machine do the precise cutting for you.  However, if you don’t have a Cricut, you could still cut these with an X-acto knife.  It would just take you a little longer.

Artzy Creations_Geometric Birch Earrings Supplies 1Step 2:  Mask off the triangle shape with washi tape.  With a paint brush paint (2) coats of paint onto the Birch plywood.

Step 3:  Next, seal the triangle with the acrylic polyurethane and let them dry.  Once this has dried, peel the washi tape off.

Step 4:  To finish off the earrings, take the earring wires and just open the loop at the bottom of the wires with the needle nose pliers and loop through the Birch rectangles.   Close the loop and you are finished.  It’s that simple.

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I love how these turned out.  Better yet, I love the quality of Modern Masters Metallic paint.  Having been an art teacher for 18 years, I know that I will always get a great quality paint with colors that I like.  These metallic colors are spot on and look like true gold, silver, and gun metal.  Modern Masters also offers a wide variety of paints specific for pretty much any DIY or home project you may have.  Also,  in a week I will be having a giveaway, so stay tuned for your chance to win some wonderful Modern Masters paint products.

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Enjoy!

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Product was received for this post.  But, all opinions are 100% my own.

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