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Can you make earrings from ice cream sticks? That was the challenge a friend was gave me.
Back then as a student, I would make jewelry out of anything that caught my attention. A worn out tubing from an old sewing machine. A broken plastic stick. Shells. Paper clips. These would be transformed into costume jewelry behind closed doors in my hostel room. How I did that, the things I used. All that was top secret, while I was still selling my hand made jewelry.
Now that I have long since quit making jewelry and have other sources of income, I am willing to share my secrets with you.
My friend who knew my hobby had just finished an ice cream with 2 sticks. I bet with her I could make earrings out of those. She took on the bet and gave me the ice cream sticks. I set off to work.
First, I washed those sticks thoroughly with plenty of soap and water. The last thing you want on your earrings are lots of ants running over them because of left over ice cream.
Now, those ice cream sticks were made of wood. Wood is a very versatile material that can be transformed into virtually anything. The ice cream sticks were way too long to be worn as they were, so they had to be broken up. Out came my trusty old pen knife.
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Does anyone have patterns for making wooden jewelry?
Wildernesswoman from Cariboo-chilcotin, BC
I too am interested so if anyone has anything on this please post. thanks:)
My Dad used to whittle on twigs of cedar with a pocket knife, smooth them with sand paper, and make them any shape he felt like. Most of them were rounded, tear drop shapes. He drilled small holes with a hand drill to attach the loops. That would let it hang from a chain for a necklace or bracelet.
Then he finished them with clear very shiny spray lacquer. The redish wood looked interesting, and people liked them.
I think any kind of wood would work, and if you are patient enough, you could even drill holes through a bit of wood and carve it into a bead. I gave wood sticks to my art students, and they had a great time carving designs on them with ordinary 3" long screws. I'm imagining beads with funny faces on them or simple straight line decorations.
Small tree branches fall down in my yard pretty regularly, so there's a lifetime supply of free material just laying on the ground.
Wood could also be painted with acrylic paint.
If you want something easier, buy pre-cut shapes from the craft store, decorate with beads, buttons, glitter, etc and glue on pin backs also from the craft store.
I love it that some other people out there want to do this!
Thanks for the great ideas:)