Sunday, 26 January 2014

DIY Neon Hama/Perler Bead Earrings

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Today's simple jewellery DIY is inspired by one of my childhood favourite craft supplies - hama beads! These neon earrings have a great unique look but are also very easy and inexpensive to make. Here's the step-by-step...

To create these you will need: neon hama/perler beads, a pegboard, an iron, parchment paper, earring posts & strong glue

Tip! - you can even pick up a starter kit, which includes a small board, beads and paper for just £3!

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1. The first step is to create your design by placing the beads onto the pegboard. For this tutorial I've gone for a really simple square but of course you can make your design as complicated as you like!

2. Next up is ironing the beads to fuse them together. Before applying heat to the beads you must make sure that you cover them with a piece of parchment paper otherwise they will melt all over your iron! As for how long to apply the heat/the correct temperature etc my best advice would be to consult the instructions provided with the beads/pegboard as these may vary between brands

3. Once the beads have fused together leave them to cool on the parchment paper for around ten minutes and you will easily be able to peel them off

4. The final step is to use a strong glue to apply the earring posts. Alternatively to create dangly earrings pierce a hole through the top bead and add on an earring wire instead!

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As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - use the hashtag #eelisediys to share your photos with me!

P.S - don't forget to save up your leftover beads, I have a few more hama/perler projects coming up soon!
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