This week we welcome Caitlin Buck, owner and designer of Flutter By A Rainbow who is sharing with us one of her favourite jewellery DIY's. 

From Plastic to Fantastic: Turn pony beads into studs

If you're anything like I used to be, you would take one look at pony beads and think, "Those are nice...if you're FIVE!" And you would be right. But you would also be wrong. Yes, these are the quintessential beads of childhood, but there has to be a way to transition from juvenile to style, right? And there is. The magic of these tiny cylindrical plastic tubes is that they are melt-able which makes them très versatile.

Follow along for the easiest jewellery DIY in the history of jewellery DIYs and make yourself a pair (or 20!) of these incredibly easy childhood-throwback studs.

To start you'll need a few supplies:


Blank earring posts with backs

Pony Beads

E6000 Glue

Parchment paper

Card stock for packaging

 

If you're not sure where to buy these items, I suggest taking a little trip to ibead in Wahnapitae where they have a plethora of jewellery making supplies - Side note: I can spend ages in there staring at beads, charms, and findings like a kid in a candy store! Definitely my go-to destination for supplies.

When looking at beads, choose a bunch of different colours so that you’ll have options. Remember those aforementioned 20 pairs? I wasn’t kidding. These beads are delightfully inexpensive which means you can make a whole whack of these babies with very little investment.

 

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and also crack a window. These beads probably aren’t meant for melting so they definitely don’t smell like Granny’s cookies. But they DO look like candy when they’re done!

Place your beads 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure to use parchment paper and not wax paper, ‘cause that stuff also melts, and that’s not ideal.

Let ‘em cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until they have melted uniformly into precious, shiny, flat back dots. They will become very fragrant after about 2 minutes so be sure to ventilate!

Allow the beads to cool before removing them from the parchment paper. I learned this the hard way: #1 OUCH, those suckers are hot!, #2 Fingerprinted and misshapen pony beads aren’t nearly as alluring as smooth ones. 

Once the  beads are cooled, remove them from the parchment paper and lay them flat side up in pairs. Apply a small amount of E6000 glue to the stud blank and press onto the melted pony bead.

Et voila! You’ve just transformed plastic to fantastic!

Let the glue set for 24 hours or as long as you can refrain from touching your super cool new earrings. This is the. hardest. part. about. glue.

To create a display card (which makes them perfect for gifting) cut cardstock into business card sized rectangles, or use a punch for different shapes. Pro tip: Lay the cut out on a clean and dry sponge and use a sewing pin to poke holes through for the studs. Add as many pairs to the cut out as you’d like and marvel at your craftiness!

Thanks every so much Caitlin, for this fabulous tutorial!