Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Take It and Make It...DIY Colorful Sunflower Earrings Tutorial with Supplies!

I'm so very excited to share my first Take It and Make It DIY tutorial with you all!  

You may remember in my "New Beginnings" blog post I mentioned "Take It and Make It".  This is one of the ideas that led me back to blogging.  I wanted to not only give my readers great DIY tutorials, but I also wanted to give them access to the materials they would need to make the items!  

I know that I have SO many ideas, my Pinterest boards are proof, but the main thing that keeps me from taking those ideas and making them a reality is tracking down what I need to make them....and time, but we creative folks never have enough time right?  

Time was another aspect that led me to this "light-bulb" moment...I have SO many ideas in my head but I'll never have the time to get to them.  Many of these ideas start with "I would LOVE to make these for the shop...if I had the time."  So, now when I have an idea that I would love to use for my shop, but simply do not have the time to create, I'm going to share them with you, and direct you to our brand new online shop where you can purchase the materials you need to make the items yourself.

This is an evolving idea and I welcome feedback from my readers and hope that you will come along on this adventure with me and enjoy creating as much as I do! 

So, without further ado, here is the first ever "Take It and Make It" DIY Tutorial...DIY Colorful Sunflower Earrings! 

We are going to be turning these colorful flatback sunflower resins....

...into these colorful sunflower earrings!

Here are the supplies you will need to make your own colorful sunflower earrings!  

  • Sunflower Flatback Resin in Color(s) of Your Choice 
  • Earring Blanks
  • Rubber Stoppers for Earring Backs
  • E6000 Glue 
  • A Small Piece of Cork Board, Styrofoam, or Soft Cardboard

In our online shop you can purchase your Sunflower Flatback Resins, Earring Blanks, and Rubber Stoppers in sets of two in 10 different color options.  I loved these so much I made myself a pair in every color! 

You can find E6000 glue at your local craft store, and many craft stores offer 40% to 50% off coupons.  

One small 1/2 oz tube (with coupon about $2.00 or so) will provide you with plenty of glue for quite a few sets of earrings and/or other craft projects.  Please be sure to use your glue in a well ventilated area and make sure that you read all of the packaging prior to use.

You will want a small piece of cork board, Styrofoam, or soft cardboard on hand.  This will aid as a "stand" in the setting of your glue so that your flatback sunflowers adhere nicely to your earring blanks.  Start by gently placing the "stick end" of your earring blanks into your "stand", like so.

Then gently squeeze a small amount of your glue onto the base, the flat round portion, of the earring blanks.  

You want to have enough to cover the base of the earring blank, but avoid applying too much glue.  Applying excess glue to the earring blank base will result in spillage of the glue well over the edges of the earring blank and you may not be pleased with your end result.  If you apply too much glue you can use a paper towel to quickly wipe off the glue.  

Once you have your glue on your earring blank base you will place the flatback sunflower resin on top of the glue, flat back side down and flower side up.  Be sure to center your resin on your earring blank base as well.  

Give it a gentle push to make sure that the glue comes in contact with the entire back of your resin.  

You will want to make sure to check that your earring blanks are in the stand vertically and have not started to lean to one side or another.  The purpose of the stand is to allow the glue to dry evenly and to ensure that the flatback sunflower resin does not adhere at an angle.  Once you are certain that they are standing up vertical and you are happy with the placement of your flatback sunflower resins allow them to dry completely.  

This glue starts to get tacky after about 2 minutes and will begin to set in about 10 minutes.  Make sure that you allow 24 to 72 hours for your earring set to dry prior to wearing them for the first time so that the glue has completely cured to the earring base and the flatback resin.  

There you have it, Colorful Sunflower Earrings that you made yourself!  

If you would like to purchase supplies to make some Colorful Sunflower Earrings of your own see our Take It and Make It section of our online store.  

Happy crafting!  

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