Thursday

TUTORIAL: STUD STAR EARRINGS

So for my Rodarte Hair Pin tutorial, I bought a ton of acrylic stars. A ton. More than I would ever need ever. I was staring at them trying to figure out what in the world I could do with them.

I thought up these kind of crazy star stud earrings. Shooting star? I don't know.

Curious? Read on!






Materials you will need: Posts, nail polish, glue and acrylic stars.



First off, Michaels was having a sale on these wedding favors that I couldn't resist purchasing because I have problems. These glass jars remind me of the candy jars at my parent's convenience store.





Line up your stars. I have large earlobes, lol, so my first star is quite large. They slope smaller in size and I laid them out to curl up.

You can totally use all tiny stars, or all medium sized ones, or big ones, or anything.

Now I have two versions of the next step.

FIRST:


You can glue the stars physically together.

Warning, it's a bit of a mess. Always, always make sure you have proper ventilation if you're working with E6000, the stuff is strong. Don't worry about the glue pooling or being visible, we'll paint over it.




OR you can cut a small strip of thick paper and glue the stars on that. I thought of this after the mess that was the first step, lol.

It's harder to have the stars curve with this way though.




After you have done gluing, let it cure/dry.
 




Then it's painting time!




The rare times I paint my nails it's usually black/dark burgundy, so I went out to Duane Reade and purchased all these cheap polishes.





I'm not sure which technique is better, one thick layer, or several thin ones. The clear stars are definitely easier to paint, I can't promise that the colors of the stars wont show through, esp. at the ridges.





I'm feeling the matte white. I want to paint a matte black one. I'm going to have to redo it, with more curve.




Almost done!


Glue on your post and let dry.





I still need to play around with these. They don't stick to my ear the way I want them too... I'm thinking I'll need to wire wrap a cuff or use double-stick tape, haha.

Anyway, thank you so much for reading!


- A



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