Saturday Sequins Presents... a very scary Halloween tutorial.
Hello, everyone! Welcome to today's Tutorial Tuesday post.
As you might have guessed from my blog banner and collection of colorful socks, Halloween is a big deal to me. So big, in fact, that I don't just celebrate it on the 31st, but throughout the entire month of October... and any time I need cheering up.
There are few things I love as much as I love Halloween. It's tied with my love of sparkly things, so I thought... why not combine the two and create these spooky sparkly earrings?
(Aren't they adorable? I mean, for spiders...)
To make the earrings, you'll need the following tools: wire cutters, two pairs of chain nose or flat nose pliers, and a 1/16 " circular handheld paper punch, which you can find in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store. I prefer the Fiskars brand, which you can also order online.
You'll also need the following materials: fine silver-plated chain, earring wires, size D20 jump rings (20 gauge, 3.2 mm inner diameter) from Blue Buddha Boutique or a similar size from your local craft store, 20 mm paillette sequins in the color of your choice, and spider confetti.
Now, here's how you make them:
1.) Open 2 jump rings with your pliers.
2.) Cut a length of chain about 1.5 inches long, or longer if you prefer.
3.) Attach the chain to an earring wire with a jump ring.
4.) Use your paper punch to punch a hole in two pieces of spider confetti. If the confetti gets stuck on the metal part of the punch, gently pry it loose with your fingernails (I use my thumb nails).
5.) Add your sequins to the other jump ring in the following order: spider, paillette, spider. That way, no matter which way you're facing, there will always be a spider.
6.) Then attach this rings, with the sequins, to the bottom of the section of chain.
Make your second earring, and voila! You now have a pair of adorable sequin earrings. If you'd like, you can make a matching necklace, like the one pictured above.
For future projects, add more sequins using additional jump rings, vary the length of your silver chain, swap other shapes like hearts and stars for spiders, or try multiple lengths of chain. Now that you know how to make sequins out of confetti, you're not limited to the sequins in craft stores -- so have fun!!!
Thanks, and have a spooky, sequintastic Halloween. :)