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Frugal Christmas Gifts Day 15: DIY Handpainted Artisan Earrings

Posted: 12/16/11 12:00 PM (Modified: 12/16/11 12:00 PM)

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Today's entry comes from Brittany and it's looking pretty darn cool to me. I'm all about handmade or designed jewelry and this looks like it would cost a fortune but instead, it is very inexpensive. What a great gift idea for your friends this year!


Artisan Earrings

A couple of months ago my sister-in-law and I went to this great boutique where we found these beautiful colorful earrings!!  We were grabbing pairs and pairs when I started looking at them more closely, and you know me, I of course said "Hey, we can make these!"  And make them we did (after buying several pairs to wear until ours were finished!)  My sister-in-law and I painted 15 pairs in an hour and for less than $20 for all!!  They are going to be the perfect friend gifts, for not only her friends but also her teenage daughter's friends!!  At close to a $1 a piece, you really can't beat them!  The charms we bought at Hobby Lobby for 50% off  About 1.50 for 4!  The earring hooks we also found at Hobby Lobby for a couple bucks.  Thanks to my beautiful sister-in-law for modeling!

On to the tutorial...
  • Foam sponges (at least 3)
  • Charms
  • Earring hooks (These are kidney shaped) 
  • Acrylic Paint -- Enamel is great, but any acrylic will work  Also if doing them all one color you can use spray paint too!
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • A Mixing Glaze (I had the Valspar glaze ($15) on hand from furniture refinishes, but you can also find smaller versions at local craft stores) 
  • Polyacrylic to seal <Not pictured>
Step 1:  Paint acrylic paint over charm
 Step 2:  Apply second coat of acrylic paint -- Check the back of the charms, if paint has bubbled paint back side too!

 Step 3:  Let paint dry, if using enamel paint they looked great at this stage and really if you are using enamel paint you could leave them like this.

Step 4:  Mix equal parts of black acrylic paint and mixing glaze 

Step 5:  Using a foam brush glaze mix over charms

Step 6:  Using a damp paper towel carefully wipe off, wiping gently to not remove all of the black, wipe off glaze that may have puddled on back.

Step 7:  Let the glaze dry, grab your sealer or polycrylic

Step 7:  Brush polyacrylic over the tops

Step 8:  Let dry and put them on the earring hooks


Now for the step by step pictures of our 15 pairs, we made in an hour!
The pictures below are pictures of the charms glazed and unglazed!

All done and ready to be given!

Again more modeling pictures!

Not glazed (Butterflies)

I love them all!!  Do you have a favorite?   They were so inexpensive, they are light weight, original and beautiful!!  Thanks again to my beautiful sister in law for letting me take her picture with every color!

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Dec 16, 2011 11:37 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

These are gorgeous!

Dec 16, 2011 12:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

These are fantastic! By golly, I think I can even make these!

Dec 16, 2011 01:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wow I love these earrings. They are so cute. Can't wait to make my own!

Dec 16, 2011 01:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Those are so cute!

Dec 16, 2011 02:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Nice craft!

Dec 16, 2011 02:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I love these!! I need a pair in pink!

Dec 16, 2011 02:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

That model is gorgeous!

Dec 16, 2011 04:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What a great idea! I love those. I'm definitely going to be making some.

Dec 17, 2011 12:21 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Very pretty!

Dec 17, 2011 08:01 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

What a creative idea! I want these earrings!

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