June 7, 2013

DIY Clear Jeweled Earrings

 I love that these DIY clear jeweled earrings are made out of materials from the paper craft section of the arts and craft store. Major kudos to Grace for having the great idea of using shrinky dink plastic to get a faux-lucite look. I finished things off with inexpensive stick on jewels from the scrapbooking aisle.

All the different names for these translucent materials can be confusing. From a little research, I have one word: plastics. Lucite (or, alternatively, perspex depending on which side of the Atlantic you're on) is a plastic glass alternative, so it's thicker and inflexible unless heated. PVC, on the other hand, is available in clear, flexible vinyl sheet form that can be used in sewing. Both transparent materials are definitely having a moment, so it looks like Mr. McGuire from The Graduate was right. Read on for how you can make your own earrings and get a jump on the clear trend.

Tools and materials:
Sheet of shrink plastic in crystal clear
Hole punch
Glue that dries clear
Jewelry pliers
Ear wires
Jump rings

Draw shapes on a piece of paper to come up with your earring design, or download and print my template (just size the image to a letter sized piece of paper).

Cut out the shapes.

 Use the hole punch to put holes in the top of the tear drop shapes. Because shrink plastic can be temperamental, I recommend cutting out multiple earring shapes so you have back ups.

 Shrink the plastic according to the directions and let cool.

Glue the jewels in place and let dry. Open up the jump rings, loop through the earring, and attach the ear wires.


  1. Anonymous8:39 AM

    These are super cute, what a great idea.

  2. These are beautiful, and so good with this season's clear trend. Love!

  3. Love it! So pretty and elegant!

  4. So creative!! I could picture them being sold at anthropologie :)


  5. Such a great idea! So pretty and simple!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Suz x

  6. cute idea! I have had a pack of shrinky dinks I received as a b-day present years ago! perfect!
    You blog is great, thanks for sharing. Loved your studio tour link.

    1. thank you! i'd love to see what you make!

  7. Very clever. Love working with shrink plastic and I never thought of doing this. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Great improvement on traditional shrink dinks.

  9. Anonymous10:24 PM

    this earrings nailed the lucite and jeweled trend perfectly! thank you for the idea ;)


  10. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I pinned you.

  11. These earrings take me down memory lane. One Christmas, when my little sister told Santa that all she wanted for Christmas was the "Shrinky Dink" set, (now you know just how old I am, but, I do believe I saw some advertised last Christmas) when it was under our tree that Christmas morning, you would have thought she had just received the "crown jewels". She made stuff for days...I just wish we still had her "jewels" now......


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