Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DIY: Skull Stud Earrings and Wire Ring


I've always thought of skulls as kind of scary and too edgy for my taste, but lately, I've been pretty in love with them.  

One day, I decided that skull studs were the coolest things in the world, so I asked my friend to order them for me from Etsy because I doubt my parents would be okay with them.  When I got them, I was really surprised to see how big they were and I was just playing around with them when I got this marvelous idea to make rings out of them.  Also, one morning, I was putting together my outfit and I couldn't find a pair of earrings that were edgy enough, so I made these stud earrings.  

I was debating on whether or not I should post a tutorial on how to create these pieces of jewellery because they were so easy to make.  Since you are reading this right now, you probably figured out that I decided to post the tutorial.  It's super easy and I really hope that you'll try this out.  Enjoy!

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First off - the stud earrings!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • Two skull studs - I prefer the brass ones because they have this kind of vintage-y and edgier feel to them that I really like.  I got mine from this shop called ForestEra on Etsy.  Here are the exact ones that I got and they're really cheap - just two bucks!
  • A hot glue gun and glue stick (for the glue gun)
  • Small stud earrings - Mine are just an old pair from back when I thought having little mini ketchup bottles on my ears was cool.  You could just go and get a cheap pair from Forever 21 or something if you don't already own a pair.

The first thing you're going to want to do is plug in your hot glue gun so that it'll warm up while you're getting your studs ready.



Then, get out your studs.  Be sure to pick two studs that look somewhat similar because I find that the brass ones tend to differ in colour, which is quite odd.  Your studs probably have prongs on them and if they do, just fold them in to the inside of your stud as far as you can.


Now, get out your stud earrings and pull of the little thing that keeps the earring on your ear.  

Hopefully by now, your hot glue gun has warmed up enough for you to be able to use it properly.  After making sure that your glue gun is hot enough, push the glue into the two skulls to fill it up so that the earrings will feel a little bit more substantial.  Be sure to work quickly, though.

Quickly grab one of your stud earrings and stick it in the hot glue.  Repeat this for your other earring as well.  Like I said before, you have to work relatively quickly for this step to make sure that you get your earring together properly.  I like to put the earring in the glue higher up because the skull is so big and putting the stud higher up lets the stud hang off my ear a little bit.  I really hope that made sense.


Now all that's left to do is wait until the glue dries.  When it's hot, it's (obviously) clear, so you'll know when it dries when it turns a more opaque, almost white colour.  Just a quick tip for any of you wanting to try this out - the hot glue makes the stud extremely hot, so don't touch the stud until the glue's completely dry.


There you go - your skull stud earrings are done!  Wasn't that so easy?

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Now... the skull wire ring!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • One skull stud - Again, I used the same studs that I got from that Etsy store.
  • 2 inches or 5 cm of 20 gauge wire - It's best to use the same colour as your stud, but all that I had laying around was gold wire, so that's what I used.  Also, if your ring size is bigger than a 6, you might want to cut off a bit more wire just in case.
  • A hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • A marker - Be sure to pick one that is about the same size as your finger.

Once again, start off by plugging in your hot glue gun to let it warm up while you prepare your skull stud.


Push the prongs of your stud towards the center of the stud to pretty much get rid of them.

Then, take your wire and wrap it around your marker.  Take it off and put it around your finger to see if it fits.  If it's too small, tug on the ends of the wire to loosen it up and make it a bit bigger.  If it's too big, keep it on your finger and turn the ends of the wire to the top of your finger.  Then push on the place where the two ends meet to make it a bit smaller.

Cut off any excess wire.

Hopefully by the time you're done this step, your hot glue gun has already warmed up.  If it is, start filling the inside of the stud with hot glue.  Be sure not to overflow it, because that would be quite terrible.

Then, stick the band in the hot glue with the ends of the wire facing inside the skull.

Wait for the hot glue to dry to a nearly opaque white before you touch the ring.  Once again, don't touch your ring, specifically not the skull part of it.

Now you're all done!


I hope that you guys enjoyed the two tutorials and that you'll try one (or both) of them out.  Please leave me a comment down below if you do!


Thank you so much for reading!

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