Pierced earrings are available in countless styles and colors, and some of the most gorgeous varieties of all are created with inexpensive buttons and added embellishments. They are really very easy to make, and the possibilities are endless. They are fun to create, and they are even easier to sell. Use these ideas for making pierced earrings with buttons, and create layered designs, crystal works of wearable art and much, much more.
Top Larger Flat Buttons with Clusters of Faux Pearls
Flat buttons are easy to work with when making pierced earrings, and they can serve as a base for many different embellishments. Use large flat buttons to hold clusters of faux pearls. Glue them in place to create a mound, or select buttons that look like clustered pearls. Consult the first photo as a visual guide, and come up with your own color combinations. If you want to make the faux pearl tops more iridescent, paint them with white nail polish that contains very tiny flecks of opalescent glitter before gluing them into place.
Cover Button Holes with Faux Gems
When making pierced earrings with buttons, consider adding faux gems or gorgeous Swarovski crystals. Cover the entire surface with sparkling crystals, or simply hide the button holes. They are available in a variety of semi-transparent hues, and they can be arranged in creative ways. They will look far more expensive than they really were, and they will look fabulous. No one will guess that you started with cheap plastic buttons.
Attach Crocheted Buttons to Larger Flat Varieties
When making pierced earrings with buttons, search online or in local craft stores for themed multi-packs. Not all craft buttons are made of plastic. Some are crocheted, and they come in a variety of themes and types. Attach crocheted buttons to larger flat varieties. They can be attached with thread or with clear-drying adhesive, and if they are large enough, they can be used to completely cover the bases. The color beneath will show through the beautiful stitched designs.
Make Hanging Pierced Earrings Using Wire
Post earrings are not the only style that can be made with buttons. As the second photo shows, you can make gorgeous hanging pierced earrings as well. Buy hypoallergenic narrow gauge wire, and with the help of a pair of needle nose pliers, weave the wire through the holes. Use the photo as a visual guide, and attach the wire to jump rings and French earring wires or lever backs. The colorful parts will no longer look at all like buttons once they are transformed into beautiful hanging pierced earrings.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience