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Craft Stick Earrings

This Jewelry making project shows you how to make unique earrings using simple jewelry making techniques & craft sticks.

by craftbits (shellie wilson)

What you need

Craft sticks, (popsicle sticks)
Paints (colors of your choice)
Fine Point permanent marker
Brushes, toothpick, clear varnish, or clear nail polish
Jewelry wire
Pliars, round nose
Ear wires, small beads if desired

Instructions

1.Using a pair of strong scissors, or a razor knife, cut lengths of craft sticks, making sure they are the same length. About 1 inch is good, or whatever size you desire.

2.Dilute your paints to make a stain. Use brown for a wood stain, white for a lighter stain. Paint all edges and surfaces of the craft sticks. Allow to dry, then add details to your pieces. Below are the 5 different variations shown:

1.Brown with permanent black marker line details. Refer to the pattern, or add details of your own.

2.Animal Print: Using a small round brush, or another craft stick, dip into black paint and apply two wavy lines of paint onto earring piece. When dry, add a metallic gold line on each side of the black line.

3.Polka Dots on white. Using the wood end of a paint brush, dip into black paint and apply dots onto a white painted piece. Then repeat with brown paint. Then add a few smaller dots with a toothpick.

4.White Aztec Design: Using a fine point permanent marker, apply lines according to the pattern.

5.Pink Spattered Earrings: Paint sticks pink, then spatter with blue, and then with white. For all pieces, when dry, varnish with clear varnish. Refer to the pattern to view the method for wrapping with wire. Attach to ear wires, and enjoy!

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