Thursday, October 28, 2010

Faux Pearl Earrings

These faux-pearl ones are super cheap and amazingly easy to make too!

This would be a great project if you have broken sewing pins. You can't really tell from my photo, but one of the pins I used has a small split on the end which snags fabric, and the other is a bit bent.

Start out with two pretty sewing pins. You may recognize these from my pincushion ring tutorial. I bought a whole box of 50 or so a few years ago for about $2 :)

Use a pair of wire cutters to shorten the metal posts. You may want to find a pair of post earrings you have to get the correct length.

Get some sandpaper and round off the sharp edges you just made.

Now find something for the backings. I have a ton of these squishy rubbery things that come with most store-bought post earrings. They fit perfectly on my pins. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cuppycakes :]

No more fake food jewelry, I've been making lots of real food for once!

Yogurt cupcakes with more yogurt icing.

The cupcakes:

1 3/4 cups flour
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup yogurt (any flavor) 
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs

Cream butter and sugar. Then add in the eggs one by one, and then all the rest of the ingredients slowly, making sure they're all incorporated.
This should make a thick batter. If you'd like more flavor in it, now's the time to check, because you can go ahead and put them in the oven now if you're ready. Bake at 350 F for 30-30 minutes.

The icing:
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 stick butter
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

Soften the butter, and then beat the yogurt in. Then, while beating, add the sugar and lemon juice.
P.S. The cupcake does not actually taste like yogurt, just a bit of whatever flavor the yogurt you put in was. However, if you really don't like yogurt, you can replace it with cream cheese :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Wire Daisy

Memory wire: something that I will never use again. Not for anything that requires the wire to be shaped anyway, because it does look like it has good bangle potential. 

But anyway, this is a pendant that I made for my mother before. The center was a bit messier than I would have liked because memory wire does not like to bend or keep its shape, so I strung some faux pearls on beading wire and hot glued it on :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Seafoam Dangles

These might be my favorite pair of wire earrings so far. I know, I keep saying that, and it's because I love all most of the earrings that I make, but the color of these glass beads just make me feel like I'm at the beach, one of my favorite places to be. 

I actually got this craft wire pegboard type thing (it looks like this, with movable pegs) on sale for $4, which I used for most of the wire form, except for the small curls on the ends. It certainly made it easier to make two almost identical shapes, one of my weaknesses, but it does take some getting used to.