January 9, 2013

DIY Spike and Pearl Earrings

Being able to play with different styles is what makes it fun to get dressed in the morning, and like many of you, I find it hard to pigeonhole myself into one particular fashion identity. I love combining contradictory styles, like classic with edgy. I'm not the pearl stud wearing type, nor am I one for spike earrings. But spikes and pearls together? That's a match made in my sartorial heaven, and this DIY shows how it's done. (I seem to be repeating myself: here's a pearl and spike DIY necklace from the archives).

Tools and materials:
Pearl beads (mine are from Michael's and had a slightly flat back, perfect for gluing onto something)
Earring posts and backs
Super glue
Small spikes (I used small screw on tree spikes, but did not use the screws they come with)

Glue beads to earring posts. Hold in place for a few seconds, then let dry according to the directions of your glue. For tips on what tools to use when working with E6000, my favorite super glue, check out this post. You know you are a DIY-hard when you have a favorite glue.

Add a drop of glue to the spike. Make sure there is some glue not only in the small hole where the screw would normally go, but around the bottom too, so that the stud has a sticky surface to bond to on the pearl.

Glue the spike to one side of the bead and repeat for the second earring. Clean off any excess glue before it dries. Allow the earrings to dry overnight, or according to the glue's instructions, before wearing.

I love these so much, I made a pair in gold too. Happy making!

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  1. Spikes are definitely something I've been wanting to try on some jewelry projects. This one definitely seems simple enough. Thanks for this DIY project.

    1. It's so simple! I can't stop gluing things together : )

  2. Hola! Son muy originales los pendientes me encantan. Un beso


  3. Ooh, I love these! Can't decide if I like the gold or silver better. Such an easy, chic project.

  4. Hi Erin,

    Been reading your blog for a while now, love it! Sorry for keeping quiet in the past, but that's all about to change! These earrings are really funky, great idea. Would love to see how you style them! :)

    Keep up the good work,


    1. Thanks so much for reading, and for commenting! Glad you like the earrings : )

  5. Cute idea! Love it!



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