Patriotic jewelry and accessories are one of my favorite things about summer time. Today I am sharing how I created these grungy americana earrings from plaster buttons (which I had never heard of or seen until one fateful day at a salvage shop) and Tim Holtz Distress Paint. This project is quick, fun and easy. I am also going to show you how I make my own lovely ear wires using a cool jewelry jig from Bead Landing.
Plaster Buttons (These were a dime each at a local salvage store)
Paint Brush (LOVING this new Martha Stewart Silicone Jewelry paint brush from her new jewelry line)
Use masking tape to tape off stripes and paint one at a time, letting each one dry for 30 min before moving onto the next. I painted directly with the dauber then touched up after all three colors were on, using the silicone paint brush.
This is what they looked like after just the Distress paint. I decided I wanted a grungier look, so I dabbed my Antique Linen distress inkpad directly on the earrings. I poured clear embossing powder over that and melted it to set with my heat gun. Then to seal the entire painted surface, I applied clear embossing ink all over and then clear embossing powder, again heat setting it.
Cut at the dotted lines to separate the ear wires. You make 8 at a time! File the cut ends and you are set.