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Cork Teardrop Earrings with Galaxy Glitter

By: Jennifer Rizzo
February 27, 2019

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Cork Teardrop Earrings with Galaxy Glitter

The one thing I love about cork is what a great natural material it is to work with. It’s easy to cut and has such a cool texture. It lends to all kinds of projects. When I saw the new DecoArt Glitter Galaxy paint, I knew it would have all kinds of fun applications! It has extra glitter, and layers well, so you can keep glittering it up! DIY Cork Earrings seemed like a fun, and trendy way to make a fashion statement with a little sparkle for a spring and summer wardrobe.

Tip: While I used coasters from the craft store, depending on the thickness, cork can easily tear. When buying cork, look for sheet cork with a backing if you can find it. It is a little more resistant to tearing, durable, and still easy to cut.

Items needed:

  • Galaxy Glitter 2 oz - Gold Shooting Star
  • Galaxy Glitter 2 oz - Extraterrestrial Green
  • Galaxy Glitter 2 oz - Aqua Meteor
  • Americana Multi-Surface Metallics 2oz - Gold
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Kelly Green
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Peacock Teal
  • Cork sheets with backing or coasters
  • Small brushes
  • Workspace covering/tarp
  • Scissors
  • Low-tack painter's tape
  • Jump rings
  • Earring findings
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Teardrop template (provided)

Instructions:

Step 1: Cut a teardrop shape out of our provided template, and trace onto cork.  

Step 2: Use a sharp pair of scissors to carefully cut around the teardrop outline.

Step 3: Use low-tack painters tape to mark out shape on the earrings.

Step 4: To get a deeper color, first paint the cork with a coordinating color, and let dry.

To just add a glittery touch, omit the undercoat, and paint directly on the surface.

Step 5: To make them even more sparkly, add a new layer as each one dries. While brushing the glitter on adds a lighter coat of glitter, dabbing it on made it easier to add heavier coats (Though it did increase drying time.).

Step 6: Once painted, immediately remove tape, and let dry.

Step 7: Once earrings are dry, make a small hole in the top of the earrings. Make sure to not have it too close to the top to avoid ripping. (I used a seam ripper. A larger needle, such as an embroidery needle could also work).

Step 8: Use jewelry pliers to loop the jump ring and earring finding, and thread carefully through hole and close finding. 

These earrings are so fun for spring and summer, and can be coordinated with your outfits!

Find more creative inspiration at my site: JenniferRizzo.com, or visit my retail store The Collective lhe + Makery in Lisle, IL

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