After last week's post on easy DIY earrings for the holidays, I was inspired to make myself a new pair! In my vintage jewelry collection, I have a single screw-on earring of a cluster of rhinestones. I love the look of clustered crystals, so wanted to make a new pair that had a similar style.
I used rhinestones in settings I found at a bead store in Manhattan, and shared links below for ideas to buy online. You can also check out a nearby craft store, and scope out their jewelry making and scrapbooking decals for rhinestones in setting. Also, if you'd rather skip the making altogether (but why would you?!), I love these Kate Spade earrings!
A tacky, strong glue
Rhinestones in setting (for other tips on buying rhinestones cheaply, check out this post from Bromeliad)
1) Add a small drop of glue on the waxed paper.
2) Put place crystals in the glue, and allow to dry for at least 20-30 minutes, until the glue is tacky, but the crystals remain in place.
3) Peel the crystals off the wax paper.
4) Add a drop of glue to the earring posts.
5) Stick the posts onto the back of the crystals.
6) Let dry overnight.
I also love these because they are a perfect dose of sparkle for daytime, or an easily pair with a bigger necklace for night. They make a great gift or stocking stuffer too!