Often the best DIYs are those that haven't been planned in advance and today's project is a great example of this. Whilst in the garage gathering up some supplies for my DIY Wire Ring post I saw these alphabet buttons which I had previously used to make bracelets and realised that they would be equally awesome as earrings. It also seemed an appropriate project to share on this particular Sunday as it happens to be my birthday today! Here's the step-by-step...
You will need: alphabet beads, wire (I would recommend sterling silver wire for any earring projects), rubber earring backs, jewellery pliers & wire cutters
1. Cut a strip of wire approx. 20cm and thread on one of the beads so it sits in the centre
2. To create the circle shape around the outside of the bead you will need to wrap the wire closely along the edge. Wrap both ends of wire around the bead in the same direction (as shown above), making sure the wire is as close to the bead as possible
3. Continue wrapping the wire in this way a few more times so it creates a sort of nest at the back of the bead
4. One end of the wire will now become your earring post so you will need to bend it out from the bead at a 90 degree angle
5. Take the remaining end of wire and tightly wrap it around the earring post wire several times to secure it in place then use wire cutters to remove any excess from both ends of wire
6. Lightly sand the end of the wire that is now your earring post so there's no sharp edges
6. Repeat the steps to create your second earring, add on rubber backs and you're Monogram Earrings are ready to wear!
As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - use the hash tag #eelisediys to share your photos with me!