Make Lace Earrings
Edited by Rowan, Lynn, Eng, Shelley
Did you know that you can create your own beautiful earrings by reusing a piece of lace? These unique earrings will really make you stand out, plus they match with almost any outfit. During the day, pair them with your favorite t-shirt and jeans to make a statement, or pair them with one of your favorite dresses for a gorgeous date night look. They would even make an attractive, affordable and fun accessory choice for bridesmaids. Not only are they very easy to make and require only a few items, the design possibilities are endless. Whether you prefer a bold, strong design, or a soft, elegant look, you can create your own masterpiece using any type or pattern of lace. You can dye the lace different colors and add embellishments such as beads, rhinestones and glitter, so try making multiple pairs and you'll have accessories to match with everything in your wardrobe without breaking your budget.
- 1First, you should gather the following items:Advertisement
- Lace appliques or any lace that has a traceable shape (of course you can use any color you want.)
- Small container and a paintbrush
- Pliers, fine tipped sharp scissors, earring hooks and jump rings (of a matching color to the earrings hook and your design)
- Fabric stiffener, or washable glue
- Optional items for different styles: Fabric Dye for a special color or for an ombre effect, or glitter for a sparkly finish (the glitter could be in a contrasting color for a colorful shine)
- 2Prepare your workspace and cover it with wax paper (to avoid messing your desk or table with dye or glue, and also the wax paper will help you place your glued lace to dry over them without sticking)Advertisement
- 3If your lace pattern is not cut out and ready, then you will need to use the scissors to cut out the shape you like, with precision to avoid any unraveling the pattern by cutting a main thread.
- 4Now that the lace appliques are ready, if you want to dye the lace to get a certain color or give it an "dip dye" ombre effect then you will do the following first (before stiffening with glue or fabric stiffener):
- You will pour some dye in the container, and dilute it with some water if it is thick. Don't make it watery though, as it needs to have a heavy liquid texture.
- Get your lace and wet it with water first to make the lace damp, not dripping (Use a paper towel to absorb the extra moisture). This will help the dye to spread well through the lace appliques.
- After having your lace dyed, place them on a paper towel or hang them, so they will dry. You need them completely dry, so give them an hour or two.
- 5For the stiffing part; place your lace on the wax paper, and put some of the fabric stiffener in a small container or pour some glue directly on the wax paper.Using the paint brush, spread the fabric stiffener all over the lace pieces, making sure to paint both the back and the front of the lace. If you use the washable glue, you may need an extra coat of glue to have a better result, as you need stiffened pieces of lace that have lost their flexibility of bending.
- 6Let it dry on the wax paper for an hour or so.Afterwards, you will find that the lace is stiffened up a little, which will make it stay flat and prevent it from unraveling, while coating it to keep the lace clean.
- 7If you want to give your lace a glittery finish, you will need to mix the glitter (in the color of your choice and the amount is based on your desire) with the glue or fabric stiffener, before painting the lace.Then you will paint the lace with the stiffener and glue mix (same way it is done in the previous step), and let it dry.
- 8Now that your lace has dried well, it is time to attach it to the jump rings.Use the pliers to open the jump rings, then pass it through the stitching of the applique or through the gap between the threads in the design (you should attach it to the part that is centered so you wouldn't end up with a tilted lace design, or weird looking pair of earrings), and then carefully close the jump ring without bending or ruining it.
- 9Open another jump ring, and connect it to the jump ring attached to the lace, and before closing it, get the earring hook and attach the loop of the earring hook to the open jump ring, then close it carefully.Now, repeat it with the other pair. You will notice that the jump rings make a little chain that connects the lace to the earring hooks.
- You can glue small beads or rhinestones (of a matching color to the lace, or a contrasting color) to the lace appliques for more glamor. It will also help you embellish the lace patterns, and complement the design. For example, if the pattern is a rose, you can use some rhinestones to frame the petals or the middle part of the rose, to give you a prominent lace rose.
- If you can't find wax paper to let the lace dry on while they are painted with glue, you can simply hang them in the air by a piece of thread or anything you can find that won't brush away the glue, until they dry.
- You can get in touch with your inner artist, and by using the dye and a small paintbrush, you can color the lace applique in a different way, to turn one colored flower pattern, into a colorful flower with vibrant colored petals, or any other pattern that could use some coloring for a funky style.
- You can always paint the lace with more glue or fabric stiffener to make it as stiff as you would like.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Lynn, Rowan